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Students implement product management in the newsroom as latest online course from the Knight Center closes

For four weeks, audience engagement editor Michael Denison and six of his colleagues at Science News, the magazine of the Society for Science & the Public, learned from experts how to implement product management techniques and tools in their newsroom.

Now, as a result of what they learned in the course, they have incorporated product thinking meetings into their weekly routine. Read more »


Venture capital fund invests in Brazilian journalism startup with eyes on tool to generate insights into government branches

Venture capital funds are in search of innovative technologies with high potential for profit. They aren’t frequently looking for partners in journalism companies, that, in general, are struggling to survive in an environment with a scattered audience reluctant to pay for information. Read more »


Cameraman and congress members attacked at Venezuela’s National Assembly

Just three weeks after Venezuelan journalists managed to return to the country’s National Assembly (AN, for its initials in Spanish) to carry out their work, a member of a colectivo (groups aligned with the government of Nicolás Maduro) hit a cameraman and some congress members, as members of the Bolivarian National Guard (GNB) looked on and did not intervene, as local media reported. Read more »


Journalist Glenn Greenwald tells congress that Minister Sergio Moro tries to intimidate and criminalize The Intercept Brasil

Glenn Greenwald, co-founding editor of The Intercept Brasil, said on June 25 that Justice Minister Sergio Moro is trying to "intimidate and criminalize" his journalistic site in his declarations about a series of recent reports. Read more »


Six men sentenced in murder of Dominican journalist who was killed in 2015

Six men received a total 150 years in prison for the 2015 murder of Dominican journalist Blas Olivo, four years after his death. Read more »


Brazilian site Ponte celebrates five years with focus on public safety and confronts challenge of financial sustainability

In March 2014, a group of journalists met in São Paulo to start a digital media outlet dedicated exclusively to the coverage of public safety and human rights in Brazil. And so Ponte Jornalismo was born, which has since become a reference on the topic in the country. Five years later, the site now seeks to consolidate its operation in a more sustainable way so it can continue to produce journalism with impact. Read more »


Use of Instagram and WhatsApp for online news consumption grows in Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Mexico: Reuters Institute

In the past year, the use of Instagram and WhatsApp for consuming news online has grown significantly in at least four Latin American countries: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, and Mexico. In Brazil alone, 53 percent of these consumers use WhatsApp for this purpose, the highest among 38 countries. Read more »


Protest in Lima against IDL-Reporteros for Lava Jato investigations is 'repulsive act,' says Gustavo Gorriti

Peruvian investigative journalist Gustavo Gorriti and the media outlet he founded and directs, IDL-Reporteros, were insulted by a group of demonstrators in front of their offices. Read more »


Ecuador creates new state committee to protect journalists, but civil society demands more participation

The Interinstitutional Committee for Protection of Journalists and Communication Workers, newly established by the Ecuadorian government, must enjoy independence and have the active participation of civil society, according to national and international organizations. Read more »


Dismissal and rehiring of Colombian columnist provokes debate about journalism in the country

Colombian journalist Daniel Coronell’s column from June 16 was without a doubt one of his most anticipated. It was assumed that he would explain his reasons for returning to the magazine Semana after being fired in an act that led to great controversy in the country. Read more »


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