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U.S. daily orders internal review after journalist convicted of spying

“Betrayed” is the work used in an editorial by the largest Spanish-language newspaper in New York, El Diario-La Prensa, to describe sentiment in the newsroom after one of its journalist pleaded guilty to being part of a Russian spy ring. Read more »


Host of Colombian radio program for kidnap victims is honored in Spain

Journalist Herbin Hoyos, of the program “Voices of Kidnapping” (Voces del Secuestro), was awarded the Tolerance Prize by the Community of Madrid for his fight for freedom and coexistence, Read more »


Chavez says Venezuela now owns almost half of opposition channel Globovisión

President Hugo Chavez announced that his government effectively owns more than a 45 percent stake in Globovisión, a station highly critical of his administration, and that in the next several days he would appoint a member to the channel’s board, Reuters and El Universal report. Read more »


Latin America is world’s deadliest region for journalists in 2010


Over the first six months of this year, the region has passed Asia, the Middle East, and North Africa, as the area with the most journalists killed, the International Press Institute announced in its Six-Month Death Watch report. Read more »


Cuban blogger Sanchez denied permission to travel to Brazil

Cuban authorities have blocked Yoani Sanchez, author of Generation Y, from traveling to Brazil to see a documentary on censorship in Cuba and Honduras, EFE reports. Read more »


Doctored video scandal in Washington leads to debate on role of blogs and the press


A video that appeared to show that a U.S. government official was racist, leading to her immediate resignation, has ignited a scandal after it was revealed to have been misleadingly edited and taken out of context (See the full video here). The incident has both forced the White House to apologize and opened a debate on the role of blogs as news sources. Read more »


Knight Center offers online course in Spanish on math for journalists

Journalists from Latin America and the Caribbean can apply until Aug. 1, 2010 for the Knight Center's free online course Mathematics for Journalists. The course will take place entirely online from Aug. 16 - Sept. 26.

The goal of the course is to train journalists in how to use mathematics in helpful ways that will enhance their stories. The course will cover data collection and analysis, measuring and comparing data, online resources for plotting data, and digital visualization tools. Read more »


Democracy or exclusion? Argentine politicians favor Twitter over journalists


When politicians chose the internet as the main place to talk about their activities and opinions, what happens to journalists? This line of questioning is coming up in Argentina, where several politicians have shown an adoration for social media coupled with a disdain for the traditional press. Read more »


Nicaragua’s Carlos Fernando Chamorro wins Maria Moors Cabot journalism prize

Renowned journalist Carlos Fernando Chamorro is among the winners of the 2010 Maria Moors Cabot Prize. The annual award recognizes excellence in coverage of Latin American and Carribean issues and is organized by the Journalism School at Columbia University. Read more »


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