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Media crisis and lack of career opportunities lead journalists to work for those they used to monitor, says Brazilian research

As a correspondent for newspaper Valor Econômico in northeastern Brazil, reporter Murillo Camarotto became an avid consumer of the local press in the main states of the region. In the five years, he was there, he noted a sharp decline in journalistic production, whose peak coincided with the boom of the Brazilian economy in the first decade of the 21st century. The ensuing economic crisis, coupled with the crisis of traditional journalism itself, resulted in a brutal weakening of local coverage. Read more »


Venezuelan photographer released after spending 16 months in military prison, but still faces charges

*This story has been updated.

Authorities released Venezuelan freelance photographer Jesús Medina Ezaine from Ramo Verde military prison late in the evening of Jan. 6.

He must appear before the courts every eight days and cannot leave the country, according to the National Association of Journalists in Caracas.  Read more »


Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro made 116 attacks on the press in 2019, according to Fenaj

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro made 116 attacks on the press and journalists in 2019, about one statement every three days, according to monitoring by the National Federation of Journalists (Fenaj). Read more »


Improve your investigative reporting with digital tools & techniques in new Knight Center MOOC

Investigative reports take time, preparation and resources, but when they are finally published, they can lead to greater public awareness of an issue, change public policy or even land the corrupt in jail.

With all the changes that have impacted journalism in recent decades, there are a myriad of ways to enhance investigative reporting with collaboration, social media and data journalism. Read more »


Almost 13,000 students enrolled in Knight Center data journalism course in English, Spanish and Portuguese

Students from the United States to Australia, from Colombia to Spain and from Brazil to Angola have taken part in the Knight Center’s first Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) offered simultaneously in English, Spanish and Portuguese.

“Data Journalism and Visualization with Free Tools,” offered in association with Google News Initiative, attracted 12,785 people from 160 countries and was taught by a team of nine experts in the field. Read more »


Knight Center year in review: In 2019, 30,000 students in our online courses, ISOJ’s 20th anniversary & much more

Over the past year, the Knight Center has served thousands of journalists from around the world through a mix of online courses, events, publications, and news coverage. Read more »


Election fact-checking projects in Argentina and Uruguay reflect on successful collaboration and fighting disinformation

Election coverage is perhaps one of the biggest challenges in newsrooms: processing large volumes of information in a short time and with the same team that works in everyday conditions. The rapid spread of false information with a high impact on elections has become an additional factor that makes the task difficult. Read more »


Mexico leads globally as one of deadliest countries for journalists despite ‘historic low’ in killings around the world

Even as the number of journalists killed globally is at its lowest point in 17 years, Mexico continues to be the world’s second deadliest country for press professionals, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ). Read more »


Cuban journalist released to continue his asylum process in the US after spending seven months in ICE detention center

Thanks to $10,000 in bail paid with the help of his friends in Florida, Cuban journalist José Ramón Ramírez Pantoja was released on parole to continue his asylum process in the United States. Read more »


‘Censorship was something intrinsic to Chavismo from day one,’ says book about the last 20 years of repression in Venezuela

Control of public speech was, from the beginning, a characteristic of the new model of government that was established in Venezuela with Hugo Chávez in 1999, said Venezuelan researcher and columnist Andrés Cañizález. Read more »


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