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Director of independent media outlet in Nicaragua harassed by government faces several lawsuits

The executive director of a Nicaraguan news outlet that has denounced harassment from the government in recent weeks is now the target of multiple lawsuits. Read more »


Reporter murdered in Nayarit, Mexico; journalists look to new government for security guarantees

*This post has been updated to include remarks from President Andrés Manuel López Obrador.

A reporter in the state of Nayarit, Mexico was found dead on Dec. 1, making it the first journalist’s murder reported under new President Andrés Manuel López Obrador. Read more »


In six years, 164,000 people from 200 countries participated in Knight Center's online courses in journalism

The Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas is celebrating the 6th anniversary of its program of massive online courses in journalism that has an unparalleled reach around the world. Since 2012, 164,540 students from 200 countries and territories participated in our 60 courses offered in two modalities: 51 were Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) and nine were Big Online Courses (BOCs). Each MOOC reaches a few thousand students and is free and each BOC reaches a few hundred and has a low cost. Read more »


Who teaches entrepreneurial journalism in Ibero-America? SembraMedia's study found just a few professors

Instruction on entrepreneurial journalism is present in just 2.8 percent of universities and journalism schools in Latin America, while that same figure is 20 percent in Spain.

This is according to the most recent study from SembraMedia, an organization created in 2015 to foster digital entrepreneurial journalism in Spanish. Read more »


Journalist who fled El Salvador is temporarily safe from deportation from the U.S., but remains in ICE detention

A Salvadoran journalist who has been in detention in the U.S. for almost eight months received a temporary stay of removal while an Atlanta court considers his appeal. Read more »


Organized crime killed 10 journalists in Latin America in 2018, according to RSF

In Latin America in 2018, 10 journalists were murdered by criminal organizations in retaliation for their reporting, according to a new report from Reporters Without Borders (RSF, for its initials in French). Read more »


Almost a third of Brazilian cities are in danger of becoming news deserts, according to new survey

At least 30 percent of Brazilian municipalities run the risk of becoming "news deserts," areas without local news coverage. These locations, mapped by the Atlas da Notícia (News Atlas) survey, have only one or two journalistic outlets and are home to 34 million people. Read more »


Brazilian crowdfunding platform Catarse creates fund for journalistic projects and wants to foster community of support

A crowdfunding platform that has become one of the most successful in Brazil with projects ranging from comics and board games to films, music albums and theater shows is creating a project dedicated solely to independent journalism. Read more »


Government harassment against independent journalists grows in Nicaragua

In recent days, at least seven independent journalists in Nicaragua reported suffering death threats, persecution and harassment from paramilitaries, invasions of their property and arbitrary arrests and detentions.


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