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JOURNALISM IN THE AMERICAS Blog

Students from online courses in Portuguese participate in an exclusive workshop with instructors at Google São Paulo

Eighteen journalists who completed massive online Portuguese courses with the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas were at Google São Paulo on Oct. 1 to attend exclusive workshops on electoral coverage and fact-checking. Read more »


Aggression against Brazilian journalists intensifies in the final stretch ahead of general elections

On Oct. 7, the Brazilian electorate goes to the polls for general elections marked by the intense dissemination of rumors and fraudulent news on social networks, also fomented by the public’s distrust of the press. In this charged political and media environment, journalists have been consistently targeted for doing their investigative and reporting work. Read more »


One year after hurricane hits Puerto Rico, three newsrooms publish collaborative report on Maria’s Dead

After the Puerto Rican government published that the passage of Hurricane Maria over the island left only 64 people dead, local media such as the Center for Investigative Journalism (CPI, for its initials in Spanish) began to question official statistics and to investigate further. Read more »


How to cover artificial intelligence and understand its impact on journalism: MOOC in Spanish, in partnership with Microsoft

The term “artificial intelligence” has been around since 1956, and yet many journalists are unfamiliar with its history and impact on the world today, even as its influence grows everywhere, including on how we gather and report the news. Read more »


Latin America and the Caribbean celebrate three years of the International Day for Universal Access to Information

For the third year, Sept. 28 is being celebrated around the world as the International Day for Universal Access to Information. Read more »


Venezuelan journalists suffer arbitrary detentions and problems with passports


By Teresa Mioli and Paola Nalvarte

Arbitrary detentions and the cancellation and withholding of passports belonging to two high-profile Venezuelan journalists helped to mark September as another month in a long period of aggressions against the press in the country.

Twenty-five journalists have been arbitrarily detained in 2018, according to Mariengracia Chirinos of Venezuela’s Press and Society Institute (IPYS, for its initials in Spanish). Read more »


Media from Brazil and Venezuela collaborate for innovative report about mining conflict in the Amazon

The intense mining activity that takes place in a vast area of the Venezuelan Amazon inspired a group of journalists interested in social and environmental issues to work collaboratively across borders. Read more »


Radio station owner in northeastern Brazil is shot and told to ‘not talk nonsense on the radio’

A journalist in Ceará in northeastern Brazil was shot in the leg and told to stop talking nonsense on the radio. Read more »


Colombian prosecutor files legal action against journalist; press organizations reject ‘judicial harassment’

After learning that a Colombian prosecutor had lodged a tutela – the country's judicial recourse to restore fundamental rights – against journalist María Jimena Duzán due to an opinion column, scandal broke out in the country as colleagues and press freedom organizations expressed their rejection of the use of this mechanism. Read more »


Abraji’s Tim Lopes Program investigates second murder of a journalist in Brazil and asks, ‘Who killed Jairo de Sousa?’

Last Friday, Sept. 21, marked three months since radio journalist Jairo de Sousa was killed in Bragança, Pará, in northern Brazil, yet no suspects have been identified. Read more »


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