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Start the New Year by learning how to use social media in the newsroom

Social media has become a crucial element in the journalist’s daily work today. Do you know how to set up an account? How do you maximize your time when using social media? How can you engage with the community through social media channels? Robert Quigley can help journalists answer these questions and more with his upcoming distance learning course, “Social Media for Journalists” which is being offered for a second time in English by the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas. Read more »


Journalists, free-speech advocates protest Internet anti-piracy act that threatens First Amendment

Journalists have joined the growing list of groups opposed to the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) under consideration by the U.S. congress, according to the Washington Post. On Wednesday, Dec. 14, the American Society of News Editors sent a letter to congress saying that while the organization "condemns content piracy, regardless of medium," SOPA amounts to an attack on the First Amendment, permitting prior restraint and not doing enough to "protect legitimate free speech rights." Read more »


Brazilian governor's brother threatens reporter after allegation of embezzlement

Brazilian journalist Claudio Dantas Sequeira was threatened by the brother of the governor of the Brazilian Federal District, Angelo Queiroz, as he interviewed him for a report on the family's new-found wealth for the magazine Isto É on Dec. 11, reported the Press and Society Institute. Read more »


Journalist for NGO threatened while covering layoffs in Brazil

Brazilian journalist Ruy Sposati was threatened while reporting on lay offs by the Belo Monte Construction Consortium in the city of Altamira in the northern state of Pará on Dec. 12, reported the newspaper Jornal do Brasil. Read more »


Brazilian blogger critical of local politicians is found dead in his house

Amilton Alexander, a Brazilian blogger known as Mosquito was found dead in his house Tuesday, Dec. 13, in the city of Florianópolis, in the state of Santa Catarina, according to Cangablog. Read more »


Brazil's highest court rules newspaper did not compromise defendant's presumed innocence

In a landmark decision for the press, the Brazilian Supreme Court of Justice ruled that a suspect's "presumed innocence" does not impede the press from reporting critical facts about the case, as long as they do not stray beyond information presented by the authorities, reported the newspaper Jornal do Brasil. Read more »


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