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Nieman fellow Carlos Eduardo Huertas highlights role of data journalism as a "tool of change" (VIDEO)

According to Nieman Fellow Carlos Eduardo Huertas, columnist for the Colombian magazine Semana and founding director of the Consejo de Redacción (CdR), or Newsroom Council, today's newsrooms are caught between what journalism used to be, and what it can be in the future. Read more »


Spark Camp draws digital problem solvers to UT Austin's School of Journalism

Amy Webb didn’t have to look far for an example of how Spark Camp, an "un-conference" she helps organize, pulls disparate people together for an informal exchange of ideas and problem solving. Read more »


Intercepted prison phone call warns Paraguayan journalist of assassination plot

Brazilian police alerted a Paraguayan journalist of a plot to kill him, reported the newspaper Última Hora. The plot to kill Cándido Figueredo, correspondent for ABC Color in Pedro Juan Caballero, Paraguay, was discovered by Brazilian authorities after intercepting a telephone call. Read more »


Online media leading "quiet revolution" in Colombia, new study notes

In its first study of online journalism in Colombia, the Consejo de Redacción, or Newsroom Council, (CdR in Spanish) looked at who is producing online journalism in this South American country and how. The report found that since Colombia first connected to the Internet on July 4, 1994, online media have become "the protagonists of a quiet revolution in Colombia." Read more »


News outlets temporarily enter encyclopedia business as Wikipedia goes dark to protest anti-piracy bills

Wikipedia's homepage on Wednesday

With Wikipedia blacked out to protest the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and Protect Intellectual Property Act (PIPA) anti-piracy bills in the U.S. Congress, news outlets like the Washington Post, NPR and the Guardian teamed up to use crowdsourcing via Twitter to try to serve as a make-shift encyclopedia, according to the Huffington Post. Read more »


Knight Center's first Facebook photo contest exceeds all expectations

"Steel Mill" by José Gregorio Alvarado Pérez

The first Knight Center Photography Contest closed on Jan. 10, awarding José Gregorio Alvarado Pérez the top prize for his photo "Steel Mill," which received 390 votes, counted as "likes" on Facebook. Read more »


AP revises its Twitter guidelines -- again

For the third time in the past year, the Associated Press (AP) has updated its social media guidelines, this time to deal with correcting erroneous tweets and deleting tweets, as well as proper procedure for designating a re-tweet, according to a press release from the news agency. Read more »


World Press Institute offering international fellowship for journalists to spend 9 weeks in the U.S.

The World Press Institute (WPI) is accepting applications for the 2012 WPI Fellowship. The fellowship brings 10 print, broadcast, and online journalists from around the world to the United States for a nine-week program.

The deadline to apply is Jan. 31. See here for eligibility requirements. Read more »


Brazilian photojournalists beaten, robbed while reporting in "Crackland"

On Sunday, Jan. 15, drug users attacked photojournalists who were reporting in a central area of São Paulo, Brazil, known as "Crackland," reported the website Band News. Read more »


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