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Spanish-speaking journalists can compete for Ortega y Gasset prize

Journalists have until March 31, 2010 to submit work to the Ortega y Gasset Journalism Prize organized by the Spanish newspaper El País and named for Spanish journalist and philosopher José Ortega y Gasset.

The contest awards prizes in four categories (print, digital, graphic. and professional trajectory), and each winner receives 15,000 Euros (US$20,000). Read more »


Radio executive's car burned in Mexico; colleagues are warned: you're next

The vehicle of Adriana Aguirre San Millán was set ablaze outside the radio chain's offices in in Los Mochis, Sinaloa, and a message left beside it warned that the same will happen to all other journalists, La Jornada and El Universal report. Aguirre owns the radio chain Organización Impulsora de Radio (OIR). Read more »


Body of kidnapped crime reporter found in northwest Mexico

Jose Luis Romero, a reporter for the Línea Directa radio station who was known for his broadcasts on drug trafficking, was found shot to death Saturday on a highway a few miles from Read more »


Mexican reporter executed and another missing in northeastern state

The rash of attacks on Mexican journalists has resulted in the first assassination this year. Two reporters from the newspaper Zócalo Saltillo were kidnapped Thursday night, and one of them, Valentín Valdés Espinosa, was found dead outside a motel this morning (Jan. 8) with a warning note on his chest, the newspaper reports. The message's contents were not revealed. Read more »


Transparency law helps Chileans search for ‘disappeared’

Chile's Law of Transparency and Access to Public information, which took effect last April, is helping national and international organizations that are seeking information about people who disappeared during the military dictatorship. Those people include U.S. Read more »


Blog gives Spanish journalist freedom to report from 'world’s most violent city'

Judith Torrea, a Spanish-born reporter, has covered U.S.–Mexico border issues such as the drug trade, immigration, and border policy for nine years. She was attracted to Ciudad Juárez since her first visit 12 years ago, despite its naming by a Mexican watchdog group as the world’s most violent city. Read more »


Journalists can apply for online course in Spanish 'Electoral Coverage and Democracy'

The Knight Center for Journalism's popular course in Spanish taught by Maria Teresa Ronderos of Colombia will take place Feb. 1–March 7 and is free of charge. Participants will be Latin American and Caribbean journalists who work full time for print or electronic media and have three years of newsroom experience. Read more »


Colombia urges international community to ban broadcast of guerrilla videos

In a diplomatic offensive against the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), Foreign Minister Jaime Bermúdez warned that the diffusion of videos by the rebel group represent an "apology for organized crime and terrorism," the AFP news service and Radio Caracol report (in Spanish). Read more »


Latin American presidents vs. the media in 2010

Don’t expect relations between Hugo Chávez and the U.S. media to improve in 2010. Venezuela’s government long ago declared war on “media terrorism,” its term for news organizations that criticize Chávez from within and outside the country. Chávez recently slammed the U.S. Read more »


Freelance writing’s unfortunate new model

James Rainey of the Los Angeles Times says some freelancers have seen their incomes drop by half. Craiglist is announcing blogging gigs that pay $15 a day for two articles of 250-350 words. Pay scales have spiraled downward. 
”Today's reality is that much of freelancing has become all too free."


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