Through crowdfunding campaigns, also known as microfinancing, or participatory financing, a growing number of Latin American digital news media are able to fund much of their journalistic research and projects.
This option is proving to be not only an effective solution for the lack of resources that have acutely affected journalism in recent years, but also a tool allowing investigative sites greater independence and editorial autonomy. Read more »
Radio Ambulante gains wider audience for Latin American stories by joining NPR as its first podcast in Spanish
By Kris Seavers*
Award-winning podcast Radio Ambulante, which uses audio storytelling to share reports and anecdotes from Spanish-speakers across the Americas, has been picked up by non-profit media organization NPR as the U.S. public radio network’s first Spanish-language podcast. Read more »
Brazilian newspapers have broken audience records and digital subscriptions have increased. Why are they still in crisis?
After the implementation of paywalls, Brazilian newspapers had a significant increase in paid digital circulation and audience. From 2014 to 2015, digital subscriptions increased by an average of 27 percent, according to the Instituto Verificador de Comunicação (IVC). Read more »
The controversy generated in Panama by the regulation of a law that gives the executive branch of government the power to impose fines on the media may have arrived at a solution after a meeting between the government and media representatives. Read more »
Knight Center's new podcasting MOOC starts with students from 115 countries; registration still open
“Introduction to Podcasting,” the newest MOOC from the Knight Center at the University of Texas at Austin, began on Monday, Nov. 14, with more than 2,200 students from 115 countries. Students will take the online course alongside participants from the Americas, Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia/Oceania. Read more »
After adopting paywall, Brazilian newspapers gain record audiences and sell more and more digital subscriptions
Contrary to common assumptions, the implementation of paywalls – barriers that restricts non-paying users' access to websites – has contributed to growing the audiences of major Brazilian newspapers, which have also recorded a significant increase in the sale of digital subscriptions.
According to newspaper executives interviewed by the Knight Center, the adoption of this "paywall" has had an impact on the mentality and functioning of newsrooms, and has altered business models and the profiles of readers, with repercussions for editorial policies. Read more »
Ecuadoran authority and Special Rapporteurs clash over the country's controversial Communications Law
Ecuador’s Communication Law (LOC for its acronym in Spanish) was the subject of a recent conflict between the country’s government and special rapporteurs for freedom of expression of the United Nations (UN), David Kaye, and the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights (IACHR), Edison Lanza. Read more »
Zeta magazine reports alleged smear campaign against journalists by authorities in Baja California, Mexico
Adela Navarro Bello, co-director of Mexican weekly Zeta, which is based in the state of Baja California, denounced an alleged plan by state authorities to carry out a smear campaign against her. Read more »
Carmen Aristegui, one of Mexico’s most well-known journalists, said her country “is experiencing a profound crisis in terms of human rights, including killings and disappearances of journalists and [other] people.” Read more »
Covering protests, photographing food lines or taking video inside a hospital can be risky for journalists working in Venezuela today. Various reporters and photojournalists working in the country have been subjected to temporary and prolonged detentions in the process of carrying out their jobs in recent months. Read more »