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Women mostly absent from Guatemalan journalism

Female voices rarely appear -- as sources or journalists -- in Guatemalan media, which use women only for advertising or marketing purposes, said Alva Batres, coordinator of the Presidential Secretary for Women (SEPREM) in the department of Izabal, reported Cerigua. Read more »


Fellowships available for journalists interested in climate change

IJNet is reporting that applications are being accepted through July 11 for 9-month fellowships from the Climate Change Media Partnership.

Aimed at journalists from developing countries who cover the environment, the fellowships will culminate in attendance of the United Nations' Conference on Climate Change in Cancún, México at the end of this year. Read more »


Colombia calls death of journalist Guillermo Cano a crime against humanity

The investigation into the 1986 death of the publisher and editor-in-chief of the newspaper El Espectador, Guillermo Cano, will have no statute of limitations as the prosecution declared the killing, still unsolved, as a crime against humanity, reported El Espectador and El Colombiano. Read more »


Yahoo news blog turning most-popular searches into stories

Yahoo on Tuesday, July 6, unveiled a news blog, called The Upshot, with content created based on what Internet users are searching for, The New York Times reported.

Common search words, phrases and topics will be analyzed, and from there the blog's two editors and six writers will use that data to decide what kinds of news will be covered, the Times explained. Read more »


Disdainful Brazilian TV story about World Cup miffs Paraguay (Commentary)


During the World Cup, the press often takes on the emotions of the fans and makes fun of rival teams. Humor is part of the game. But the tone Brazilian channel SporTv, owned by Globo, used to refer to Paraguay during the recent game has stunned fans, as the channel insulted the country and its people, rather than focusing on soccer. Read more »


7th media worker this year is shot to death in western Mexico

Hugo Olivera Cartas was killed Tuesday morning after being shot three times. The body was found in a pickup truck on a road between the cities of Tepalcatepec and Aguililla in the western state of Michoacán, reports the news agency Quadratín, where the journalist worked. Read more »


Cuban journalist on hunger strike blames Castro brothers for his impending death


Dissident Cuban journalist Guillermo Fariñas, on a hunger strike for more than four months to demand the release of political prisoners on the island, said he is aware his death is approaching and that brothers Fidel y Raúl Castro are responsible for his future death, reported the news agencies EFE and AFP. Read more »


Argentine reporter wins Iberoamerican New Journalism prize

Leila Guerriero was named Iberoamerican New Journalism prize winner in the text category for her work “Rastro en los huesos” (Trail in the bones), published in the magazine Gatopardo. The report was chosen from among nearly 1,000 entries, announced the Iberoamerican New Journalism Foundation (FNPI). Read more »


Journalists at Chile's state-owned newspaper want it to be autonomous, public

The journalists’ union at La Nación has proposed turning the state-run paper into an autonomous public media outlet with mixed financing, UPI reports. Read more »


Canadian press freedom group surveying journalists' treatment at G20 summit

After four journalists covering the anti-G20 summit demonstrations filed complaints against police, the group Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE) has decided to survey journalists who “believe their freedom of expression was compromised by police/security personnel,” according to Editor & Publisher. Read more »


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