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Editors now expect reporters on every news desk to know how to find and use databases to uncover and explain complex topics. However, knowing where to start or how to best manage the data is a major challenge. Additionally, many of the resulting stories are dry, technical and lack the ability to engage readers. Read more »


Detentions of journalists increase in Latin America and the rest of the world, according to expert reports

Currently, at least 250 journalists worldwide have been detained in relation to their reporting work, according to recent reports by the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) and international nonprofit Reporters Without Borders (RSF).

In Latin America, CPJ reported that four journalists in Cuba (2), Panama (1) and Venezuela (1) have been jailed. In comparison, this organization did not record any imprisonments in the Latin American region in its 2015 statistics. Read more »


Journalists in Rio de Janeiro show how to break banalization of urban violence in news coverage

Journalist Thiago Antunes was working in the newsroom of newspaper O Dia on Nov. 28, 2015 when news broke at dawn: 111 shots from rifles and pistols were fired by the military police at five youths in the Lagartixa favela in Costa Barros, a poor neighborhood of Rio de Janeiro’s northern zone. Read more »


The League Against Silence wants to overcome self-censorship in Colombia

“We are going to make a confession: in Colombia, journalists publish much less than what they know.” Thus begins the promotion video of the newly-formed network of journalists called The League Against Silence, which, through its first activity, is seeking resources to cover the most self-censored issues in the country. Read more »


Reporters Without Borders wants to increase its presence in Latin America, invests in a regional office in Brazil

Reporters Without Borders (RSF for its acronym in French), a nonprofit organization that defends freedoms of expression and information, has been investing in Brazil to increase visibility and presence in the country. In 2015, RSF opened a regional office for Latin America in Rio de Janeiro and launched  a version of its site in Portuguese at the end of November 2016. Read more »


Radio reporter killed in Chihuahua, Mexico; main line of investigation is his work as a journalist

Radio reporter Jesus Adrián Rodríguez Samaniego, 41, was killed outside his home in Chihuahua, Mexico on the morning of Dec. 10.

According to La Silla Rota, the journalist was getting in his car to go to station Antena 102.5 FM to participate in his weekly slot as part of a commentator’s roundtable when two men in a car drove by and shot him multiple times. Read more »


Venezuelan digital media launch joint advertising strategy to ensure profitability

After several years of joining forces, the “Rebel Alliance” took another step forward in its struggle to survive the forces of the dark side.

It is not the plot of a new sequel to “Star Wars,” but a business strategy established by three Venezuelan digital media sites in order to ensure their profitability and shield themselves against censorship -- making an intentional parallel with the film saga – that they’ve called the Rebel Alliance (Alianza Rebelde). Read more »


More than physical violence: Experts warn that Mexican journalists also face trauma, mental health problems


By Perla Arellano*

 

For Mexican journalists, covering la nota roja – or the crime beat – goes beyond being exposed to physical dangers. By living and working in high-risk areas, their constant and systematic contact with violence puts their mental health on the line.

The Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas spoke with three experts about the potential traumatic effects and mental health issues for journalists who cover violence in Mexico. Read more »


Reporting prize seeks to “challenge the logic of the drug war” in Brazilian journalism

The Gilberto Velho Media and Drugs reporting prize, which has acknowledged five Brazilian journalists in its third edition, aims to encourage and improve the quality of the public debate on drug policies and legislation in the South American country. The 2016 winners of the prize were announced on Dec. 2. Read more »


Braulio Jatar completes 3 months in prison in Venezuela as international campaign for his release advances


Ana Julia Jatar shared a photo of her brother Braulio 82 days after he was first imprisoned in Venezuela. His face is gaunt, his once full head of silver hair is shaven and he wears a sad expression on his face. Read more »


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