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Colombian freedom of expression organization bets on the development of local journalism in 'news deserts'

When the Foundation for Press Freedom of Colombia completed its three-year project “Cartographies of Information,” the panorama of the country was not encouraging: 60 percent of the municipalities analyzed were considered information deserts, meaning there was no media outlet producing local information.

There could be cases in which there were media outlets, such as radio stations or television channels, but these were either national or were exclusively entertainment. Read more »


Solutions journalism spreads in Latin America as reporters focus on how citizens are solving the region’s problems

*This story has been updated to clarify a quote from Esquivel regarding the exploration of solutions journalism in Costa Rican newsrooms.

From northwestern Costa Rica, a small bilingual newspaper is using solutions journalism to tell stories of how residents are solving their communities’ problems. Read more »


Students implement product management in the newsroom as latest online course from the Knight Center closes

For four weeks, audience engagement editor Michael Denison and six of his colleagues at Science News, the magazine of the Society for Science & the Public, learned from experts how to implement product management techniques and tools in their newsroom.

Now, as a result of what they learned in the course, they have incorporated product thinking meetings into their weekly routine. Read more »


Venture capital fund invests in Brazilian journalism startup with eyes on tool to generate insights into government branches

Venture capital funds are in search of innovative technologies with high potential for profit. They aren’t frequently looking for partners in journalism companies, that, in general, are struggling to survive in an environment with a scattered audience reluctant to pay for information. Read more »


Cameraman and congress members attacked at Venezuela’s National Assembly

Just three weeks after Venezuelan journalists managed to return to the country’s National Assembly (AN, for its initials in Spanish) to carry out their work, a member of a colectivo (groups aligned with the government of Nicolás Maduro) hit a cameraman and some congress members, as members of the Bolivarian National Guard (GNB) looked on and did not intervene, as local media reported. Read more »


Journalist Glenn Greenwald tells congress that Minister Sergio Moro tries to intimidate and criminalize The Intercept Brasil

Glenn Greenwald, co-founding editor of The Intercept Brasil, said on June 25 that Justice Minister Sergio Moro is trying to "intimidate and criminalize" his journalistic site in his declarations about a series of recent reports. Read more »


Six men sentenced in murder of Dominican journalist who was killed in 2015

Six men received a total 150 years in prison for the 2015 murder of Dominican journalist Blas Olivo, four years after his death. Read more »


Brazilian site Ponte celebrates five years with focus on public safety and confronts challenge of financial sustainability

In March 2014, a group of journalists met in São Paulo to start a digital media outlet dedicated exclusively to the coverage of public safety and human rights in Brazil. And so Ponte Jornalismo was born, which has since become a reference on the topic in the country. Five years later, the site now seeks to consolidate its operation in a more sustainable way so it can continue to produce journalism with impact. Read more »


Use of Instagram and WhatsApp for online news consumption grows in Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Mexico: Reuters Institute

In the past year, the use of Instagram and WhatsApp for consuming news online has grown significantly in at least four Latin American countries: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, and Mexico. In Brazil alone, 53 percent of these consumers use WhatsApp for this purpose, the highest among 38 countries. Read more »


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