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Avoid “wonkish,” boring and confusing: Resources to help journalists improve science, environmental reporting

James Astill, the energy and environment editor for The Economist, has been named the 2011 winner of the $75,000 Grantham Prize, an award given for excellence in reporting on the environment, for his eight-part series on the state of the world’s forests. Read more »


Guyanese president postpones suspension of opposition TV station until after elections


Guyanese President Bharrat Jagdeo decided to postpone the four-month suspension against the private opposition television broadcaster CNS until Dec.1, instead of the original Oct. 3 date, according to Reporters Without Borders. Read more »


Cuban freedom of expression activist Laura Pollán dies


Cuban human rights activist Laura Pollán died on Friday, Oct. 14 of respritory complications in a hospital in the Cuban capital, Havana, reported The New York Times. Pollán was the outspoken leader of the Damas de Blanco (Ladies in White), a group that demanded the release of political prisoners in Cuba. Read more »


Neighbors and employees stand guard at TV news station threatened by labor union in Bolivia


About 200 neighbors and employees are standing watch night and day at the offices of a TV news station in the city of El Alto (on the outskirts of the Bolivian capital of La Paz) after a labor union threatened to physically seize the station, according to Reporters Without Borders. Read more »


Reporters Without Borders and CNN launch press freedom video contest for U.S. college students

Reporters Without Borders and CNN have launched a U.S.-wide video contest for university students to create a public service announcement (PSA) answering the question "Why should we care about press freedom?” The winning PSA will air on CNN on World Press Freedom Day, May 3, 2012. The winner also is eligible for an internship with Reporters Without Borders. Read more »


Brazilian long-time columnist stabbed to death

Carlos Curcio, a columnist for the Brazilian newspaper Jornal Cidade, was found dead on the morning of Oct. 13, in his apartment in Rio Claro, in the interior of the state of São Paulo, reported the website Terra. Read more »


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