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Ten winners to receive the first Google-Knight Center Fellowship

Ten participants of the recent Massive Open Online Course (or MOOC) “Development of Journalistic Projects for the Web” were selected to receive the first Google-Knight Center Fellowship. The winners have been invited to participate in two digital journalism conferences that the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas will host in April in Austin, Texas. Read more »


Mexican journalists call for national protest to combat violence against media workers


A group of journalists and defenders of freedom of expression called for Mexican citizens to protest the insecurity and violence faced by press workers in the country on Sunday, Feb. 23. The group announced their call to action through a press statement given in Veracruz on Sunday, Feb. 16. Read more »


How to make sure readers understand the news: Editor talks about the importance of clarity in journalism

In her Feb. 3 column in the Columbia Journalism Review, Merrill Perlman, former New York Times copy desk manager and journalism instructor,  highlighted an interesting language issue that has arisen for years each time she asks a set of students to complete an exercise on fact-checking. Read more »


ISOJ Keynote: University of Hong Kong’s Ying Chan to talk about the new frontier for journalism in China

With its vast population and the second most important economy in the globe, China has become one of the most important stories worldwide. But it’s not an easy one to cover. 

News reports have discussed at length the current controls of the Communist Party over freedom of expression and flow of information in the country, digital censorship and self-censorship, and the restrictions and crackdowns on both Chinese journalists and foreign correspondents. Read more »


Brazilian senator lobbies for police protection of humorist who received death threats over satire

Álvaro Dias, senator for the Social Democratic Party of Brazil (PSDB-PR), asked the Brazilian Senate on Feb. 10  to consider giving protection to Fábio Porchat, the director of Porta dos Fundos, due to various death threats made against the satirist Brazilian humor site, G1 reported on Feb. 11. Read more »


FLIP’s annual report registers 123 aggressions against the press in Colombia


The Foundation for Freedom of the Press (abbreviated as FLIP in Spanish) published its annual report about the situation of press freedom in Colombia on Feb. 11. The report states that in 2013 a total of 194 individuals were victims of 123 direct attacks against the press. Read more »


Brazil surpasses Mexico as country with most journalists killed in Latin America: RSF 2013 report

More than 20 years after the fall of the dictatorships and civil wars that dominated Latin America, the region continues to be marked by a strong retaliation against the press, according to Reporters Without Borders’ (RSF) most recent annual index on the state of press freedom, which was published on Feb. 12. Read more »


Colombian news channel taken off the air after reporting on protests in Venezuela

The Colombian news channel NTN 24, which transmits through cable in Venezuela, was taken off the air after reporting on the massive protests that shook the entire country on Feb. 12. According to Caracol Radio, the Venezuelan government said the news channel was misinforming on the events.  Read more »


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