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Newspapers take readers backstage, online


Having lost their grip on the information flow to the Internet years ago, newspapers and magazines are doing more to expose readers to the news production process. Some are finding that exchanging ideas with the public while reporting a story may have greater advantages than keeping news secret until it appears in print. Read more »


Attack on Argentine journalist leads to two arrests but more questions


Two suspects, ages 19 and 20, were arrested in Caleta Olivia, in Santa Cruz province, accused of setting fire to journalist Adela Gómez's car last week, Clarín reports. Read more »


Government of Honduras offers reward for leads on journalists' killers


Security Minister Óscar Álvarez offered $5,200 for information that helps to capture the killers of five journalists and other crimes against prosecutors, judges, and attorneys, La Tribuna reports. Read more »


Video of U.S. attack that killed Iraqi journalist is leaked online

The nonprofit whistleblower website WikiLeaks has released classified military footage of a July 2007 U.S. helicopter attack in Baghdad that killed 12 people—including a Reuters photographer and driver—and wounded two children, The New York Times reports. Read more »


Social networking gains ground in Latin America

Access to Internet has grown considerably in Latin America, increasing the access to social networks. According to a report by David Cuen for BBC Mundo (Spanish), Latin American Internet users don't surf in isolation. At least 95 percent of them have an account on a social network. Read more »


Rare interview with top Mexican drug boss divides readers

Proceso magazine’s publication of an interview with a leading member of the Sinaloa cartel has raised questions about the media’s role in covering drug trafficking. Read more »


Int'l. Online Journalism Symposium set for April 23-24

Journalists, news industry executives and academics from more than 20 countries will take part in the 11th annual International Symposium on Online Journalism, April 23-24, 2010, in Austin, Texas. The event is co-sponsored by the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas.

Panelists will discuss many aspects of the development of online news, including the increasing use of mobile devices, newspaper survival strategies in the digital era, participatory journalism, nonprofit journalism, and international experiences in online journalism. Read more »


Innovative practices and resources for covering a complex economy

Every week, economic data is released and new laws are passed that often appear to be of interest only to niche audiences, but a knowledgeable reporter can turn this news into important stories for larger audiences.

One way to cover the economy is to dive right into the complexity yourself: Read more »


Reporter abandons Honduras after getting threats

José Alemán, a correspondent for Tiempo newspaper and Radio América, decided to leave the country after two armed men broke into his home and fired their guns in his bedroom last Sunday in the town of San Marcos, Ocotepeque, the Committee to Protect Journalists reports. Read more »


Freelancer and magazine at odds over assignment that ended in injury

Paul Raffaele is an Australian freelancer whose work for Smithsonian magazine is featured in this special section. While on assignment in Afghanistan in 2008, shadowing an opium eradication team, Raffaele was badly injured in a suicide bombing. He says the magazine had agreed to insure him, but he has nothing in writing to prove it. Read more »


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