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Two journalists rescued after disappearing in attack on aid convoy in Oaxaca, Mexico

Journalist Érika Ramírez and photographer David Cilia, both of Contralínea magazine, were rescued late Thursday, the Committee to Protect Journalists reports. Cilia suffered two gunshot wounds to the leg. Read more »


Journalists analyze digital journalism trends and challenges at 3rd Ibero-American Colloquium

Scholars, journalists and media executives from 12 countries shared experiences about online journalism that are particular to Latin America, Spain, and Portugal. The Third Ibero-American Colloquium on Digital Journalism took place in Austin on April 25, 2010.

The colloquium, organized by the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas, followed the 11th International Online Journalism Symposium, held April 23-24. Read more »


Int’l. Online Journalism Symposium unites journalists, scholars and media executives

Participants and speakers from more than 20 countries in the Americas, Europe and Africa took part in the 11th International Symposium on Online Journalism, co-sponsored by the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas.

The annual event has been organized since 1999 by Professor Rosental Calmon Alves, the Knight Chair in International Journalism and UNESCO Chair in Communication, with support from UT Austin’s College of Communication and School of Journalism. Read more »


Mexican journalist Lydia Cacho named "Press Freedom Hero"

The International Press Institute (IPI) named Lydia Cacho as an IPI “World Press Freedom Hero," to recognize her contributions to press freedom and investigative journalism in the defense of human rights. Read more »


Chilean filmmaker acquitted of extremism charges

Filmmaker Elena Varela, who has documented the lives of indigenous Mapuches for much of her career, was acquitted by three judges who found insufficient evidence to convict her of participating in two violent assaults, La Nación reports. Read more »


Creditors buy Philadelphia papers at auction

After almost 30 hours of negotiations, creditors of the bankrupt owner of the Philadelphia Inquirer and Philadelphia Daily News beat a group led by billionaire Ronald Perelman to buy the publisher for $139 million, Bloomberg reports. The sale must still be approved by a federal bankruptcy court judge. Read more »


Balboa Program offers scholarships in Spain to Latin American journalists

Journalists younger than 32 who work in media or other business in Ibero-
American countries can apply to the Programa Balboa, a six-month program that combines studies and an internship with a Spanish news organization. Read more »


President Hugo Chávez debuts on Twitter to confront opponents

President Chávez has opened a Twitter account and published his first messages on the popular social network, following an earlier promise to use the Internet as his "trench" from which to provide information and respond to his enemies. See these stories. Read more »


Cuba's independent journalists fear the future as pressures mount

State security agents arrested independent journalist Yosvani Anzardo Hernández for several hours in San Germán, Holguín, and threatened to jail him for his political activism, Cubanet and Radio Martí report. Read more »


The challenges of communicating local viewpoints from Amazonia


In a visit to the city of Sinop, one of the largest logging centers in Mato Grosso state, journalist Andreia Fanzeres asked a resident if she liked living in Amazonia. Her response was disturbing. Read more »


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