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"Cala boca, Galvão": Brazilian Twitter joke about soccer announcer goes global


International broadcasters are looking into muting or filtering the blaring ambient noise of the vuvuzela at the World Cup, but Brazilians have an additional complaint: the national team’s play-by-play announcer Read more »


Ninth media worker this year is shot to death in Honduras

Luís Arturo Mondragón, news director for a local cable news channel, died after leaving work when two people shot him from the window of their vehicle in El Paraíso, east of the capital, El Heraldo reports. Read more »


Bloomberg launches Portuguese news service for Brazil


The Bloomberg financial news and information company will deliver news in Portuguese as part of its real-time service for investors, the company announced (via Business Wire). Read more »


Argentina's two leading newspapers want government to withdraw from newsprint business

The two papers, Clarín and La Nación, owner of 71.5 percent of the shares of Papel Prensa, have published a letter in which they urge the government to sell its shares so the newsprint company can operate “without political interference." Read more »


Canada to launch 24-hour TV news channel patterned on Fox News

Quebecor Media—a Canadian media conglomerate whose holdings include daily and weekly newspapers, French-language broadcasters, and web portals in both languages—will launch Sun TV News, which has been dubbed "Fox News North," The Canadian Press reports. Read more »


Non-profit websites seek sustainability: new report now available as e-Book

Representatives of non-profit news organizations joined funders and academic researchers from across the United States in Austin, Texas April 26, 2010, for a roundtable discussion, Seeking Sustainability: Online Nonprofit Local/Regional News Venture Roundtable. The conversations are summarized in an e-book published by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. (Download as PDF.) Read more »


Fugitive TV executive condemns Venezuela's Chávez


Guillermo Zuloaga, the fugitive owner of Venezuela's 24-hour news channel Globovisión, has accused President Hugo Chávez of ordering his arrest to silence his criticism of the government, Reuters reports. Read more »


Mexican reporters kidnapped on government tourism trip

Thirteen journalists and photographers from Michoacán state in southwestern Mexico were abducted for three hours during a government media tour to promote tourism in the region, the Associated Press reports. Read more »


World Cup kickoff glues millions to TV, computers, cell phones

World Cup 2010, expected to be the most-watched TV event in history, got under way Friday (June 11) in South Africa, with reporters cursing the spotty Internet access at the International Broadcast Centre. Read more »


Media's complaints about limited access to Gulf spill keep flowing

The Gulf of Mexico oil spill remains the top U.S. news story, but media outlets continue to criticize BP and government officials for limiting their access to the spill, The New York Times reports. Read more »


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