Today, UNESCO hosts the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists (IDEI), aiming to prompt governments around the world to take stronger actions towards condemning and prosecuting those who commit crimes against journalists. Press advocates explain that the death of journalists is not only an industry-related problem but a threat to democratic society as a whole. Read more »
The archive of late author Gabriel García Márquez opened to the public on Oct. 21 at the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin. See photos of the archive below and visit the Ransom Center's site for more. Today is the last day of the Center's symposium, "Gabriel García Márquez: His Life and Legacy." Read more »
Knight Center celebrates three years of MOOCs in journalism, passes 70,000 students in its online courses
The Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas is celebrating the third anniversary of its unique program offering Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) and Big Online Courses (BOCs). So far, 62,803 people from 169 countries have benefited from 19 MOOCs and five BOCs. Read more »
Honduran newspaper stops print edition after government freezes its finances for money laundering investigation
Honduran newspaper Diario Tiempo announced today the termination of its print edition. The newspaper made the decision three weeks after the Honduran government froze the assets of its parent company, business conglomerate Grupo Continental, following accusations of money laundering by the U.S. Office of Foreign Asset Control (OFAC). Read more »
A transnational collaboration between two Latin American digital sites has resulted in yet another data journalism project that exposes structures of some of the region’s biggest power players.
NarcoData, a project between Mexican digital news site Animal Político and Chilean digital platform Poderopedia, peels back the curtain on criminal groups in Mexico over the past four decades.
In the context of high levels of violence against journalists in Brazil, which already account for four murders this year, freedom of the press defenders came together around a project that seeks to curb impunity in these crimes. Read more »
Asian journalists can sign up for free online course on infographics and data visualization with Alberto Cairo
Journalists, journalism professors and students from all over Asia can register for the Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) “Introduction to Infographics and Data Visualization,” with professor Alberto Cairo, Knight Chair in Visual Journalism at the University of Miami. Read more »
Rio2016 Olympic Games communications director explains how the city is getting ready for 30,000 journalists
By the time the Olympic Games start in Rio de Janeiro on Aug. 5, 2016, the communications team will have spent three years preparing for the influx of more than 30,000 media workers, millions of fans and scores of critics with eyes on Brazil.
Mario Andrada, executive director of communications for the games, spoke at the University of Texas at Austin on Oct. 23 about his team’s planning and preparation for the Olympic and Paralympic Games. Read more »
The Latin American Studies Association (LASA) has extended the deadline period of nominations for the 2016 LASA Media Award for outstanding media coverage of Latin America.
LASA members and journalists are invited to nominate journalists from print and electronic media. The deadline is Nov. 15. Read more »
Brazilian journalist whose visa was revoked by Ecuador will present her case before the IACHR of the OAS
After the Provincial Court of Pichincha in Ecuador denied the appeal for protective action filed by Brazilian journalist Manuela Picq on Oct. 1, her lawyer announced that the case will be presented to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) of the Organization of American States (OAS). Read more »