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Peruvian court clears ex-mayor in journalist’s killing

A Lima court acquitted Luis Valdez Villacorta, the former mayor of Coronel Portillo, on charges that he had ordered the killing of journalist Alberto Rivera in 2004, the Associated Press reports. Read more »


Knight Center offers online course in Spanish 'Covering Drug Trafficking'

Latin American and Caribbean journalists who cover or edit coverage of the drug trade are invited to apply for the free online course in Spanish "Covering Drug Trafficking," which the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas is offering for the third time from March 8–April 11, 2010. Applications will be accepted online until Feb. 21, 2010. Read more »


What makes news go viral? Stories that inspire feelings of "awe," study finds

Recent research into the social spread of news showed that readers are more likely to e-mail articles that are positive, practical, or inspire a sense of awe, The New York Times reports. Read more »


Abrupt changes at Colombia's Cambio magazine are believed to be political

The closure of Cambio news magazine and the termination of its two top editors are described by its owner, El Tiempo publishing group, as an economic decision, but the dismissed editor-in-chief and managing editor believe political motivations were at play. See this story in English by Colombia Reports. Read more »


Kidnappers free son of Honduran journalist

The 16-year-old son of TV and radio host Eduardo Maldonado was released 27 days after he was kidnapped from his home in Tegucigalpa, EFE reports. Read more »


Washington press corps feels bypassed by Obama in favor of TV and YouTube

Given the many TV interviews President Obama has granted recently, it would be hard to argue that he hasn’t been accessible to the media. But reporters are complaining that he hasn’t held a news conference since last July, Howard Kurtz writes for the Washington Post. Read more »


Will killings of teenagers and journalists force Mexico’s Calderón to act against violence?

The killings of three Mexican journalists in January alone, and the news that 15 people, mostly teenagers, were killed at a birthday party in Ciudad Juárez have called new international attention to Mexico’s drug-related violence, which is reported to have killed more than 1,000 people in the first 34 days of this year. Meanwhile, Mexican media workers brace for more attacks. Read more »


Magnum Photo archive sold to Dell computer boss for display at University of Texas

Magnum Photos, a cooperative owned by some of the world’s most distinguished photographers, has sold its New York print archive to an investment firm owned by Michael Dell, founder of Dell Computer, who has loaned the images to the University of Texas for public use. Read more »


Panama's bill to regulate media sparks IAPA concern

In response to the recent debate over TV content, several members of Parliament have proposed measures to censor and regulate media. The Inter American Press Association (IAPA) has expressed concern about possible governmental interference in the media's editorial decisions. Read more »


Venezuelan newspaper investigated for publishing photo of soldier with "iron claw"

El Nacional published a front-page image that shows a soldier holding the chain and hooks before a group of students who were protesting the closure of the RCTV cable station. The newspaper also reports that prosecutors have begun a criminal investigation against it over the image published Jan. 28. Read more »


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