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Semifinalists for the Ibero-American New Journalism Foundation prize announced


The Ibero-American New Journalism Foundation, created by famed Colombian writer Gabriel García Márquez, announced the 28 stories that are semifinalists in the text category for the New Journalism Prize. Included in the list are works from Clarín in Argentina, CIPER in Chile, Reforma in Mexico, and O Dia in Brazil.

Stories from Colombia, Peru, and Spain also made the cut.
A total of 963 submissions were received. Read more »


Street signs hung throughout Argentine town scorn newspaper editor

More than a dozen homemade banners disparaging Clarín editor Juan Cruz Sanz are appearing over streets in his hometown of Rio Gallegos, Clarín reports. Read more »


AP now part of landmark lawsuit that has Google, Twitter worried about implications for news aggregators

News wire giant the Associated Press has joined a lawsuit seeking to restrict news aggregators that redistribute original material without paying for it, according to Editor & Publisher. Read more »


Newspaper interns create interactive World Cup website, “12emcampo”


A new group of interns at Folha de S. Paulo has just launched “12emcampo”, a real-time site about the World Cup. The name is a reference to the 12 training participants, who already are writing online to keep the project live. Read more »


How a Rolling Stone journalist got the general to really open up on the record

A controversial article in the new edition of Rolling Stone magazine has journalists, bloggers and public officials thinking about what "on the record" really means, and what it takes for a journalist to get a source to spill all.

In the article, journalist Michael Hastings reports on the critical and insubordinate comments General Stanley McChrystal made about President Obama and others within the White House administration. Read more »


One woman wounded in shooting at Mexican newspaper

Armed men attacked the newspaper Noticias de El Sol de la Laguna in the city of Torreón in the northern Mexican state of Coahuila on Tuesday, June 22, reports El Nuevo Herald.

The receptionist, a 26-year-old woman, was lightly wounded. Read more »


Journalist faces third trial for story about ex-mayor

After already serving a six-month sentence, Ecuadorian journalist Fredi Aponte again is in court, this time for fraudulent bankruptcy, according to El Universo.

Aponte never paid the "moral" damages stemming from a previous case that began after the radio journalist reported that the ex-mayor of Loja, José Bolívar Castillo, had illegally taken possession of some land. Read more »


New measures considered to protect journalists in Mexico

Mexico's National Human Rights Commission intends to establish an area within the organization dedicated to following step-by-step each case of aggression against journalists, reports the newspaper El Universal.

The goal is to fight impunity and guarantee justice for journalists who have been attacked, threatened or intimidated in the course of doing their job. Read more »


Guatemalan journalists still tempted by bribes

In the newspaper elPeriodico, columnist Dina Fernandez criticized journalists for still accepting bribes, and chastised the journalists' guild for remaining silent when it comes to corruption within the press. Read more »


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