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Research: Hyperlocal news pages on Facebook cover areas of Rio de Janeiro traditionally ignored by media


Although the promise the internet would be a way to create a global village has, to some extent, been achieved, digital media have also allowed the production of hyperlocalized and hyperspecialized information. In Brazil, where 66 percent of the population is connected to the Internet, social networks have allowed the creation of hyperlocal media – pages and groups that focus on a neighborhood, a place or even a street. Read more »


Brazil prepares fight against fake news ahead of national elections

The fight against fake news will likely be a priority for several Brazilian governmental entities as the country faces national elections in the coming year. The National Congress, the Superior Electoral Court, Army and Federal Police have already stressed the importance of reducing fake news commonly disseminated on social networks in order to prevent negative influence on the contests for the president, governors, congressmen and senators. Read more »


Threatened Mexican reporter whose asylum claim was denied by U.S. now faces deportation

Fifteen U.S. journalist and freedom of expression organizations released a joint letter urging U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to “suspend efforts” to deport Emilio Gutiérrez, a former Mexican reporter who fled to the U.S. nine years ago out of fear for his life. Read more »


Salvadoran cameraman killed by alleged gang members outside church

A Salvadoran cameraman was repeatedly shot on the morning of Nov. 16 in Ilopango, a town less than 10 miles outside San Salvador. Read more »


Supreme Court decision maintains judicial censorship of Brazilian blog

A decision by the Federal Supreme Court of Brazil (STF for its acronym in Portuguese) maintained the censorship of the blog of carioca journalist Marcelo Auler. Supreme Court Justice Alexandre de Moraes denied the continuation of a complaint filed by the journalist, who requested an injunction to suspend a sentence that prevents the publication of two of his reports. Read more »


Five years of Knight Center MOOCs: Impacting lives and careers of thousands of journalists around the world

“When I started the massive open online course (MOOC) ‘News video production for the internet’ offered by the Knight Center in the middle of 2016, I could never have imagined that it would end up taking me on a journey to Germany months later,” wrote Ramon Luz, a journalist from Montanha, Espírito Santo, Brazil. Read more »


In investigating the past, journalists rewrite collective memory of human rights violations in Latin America

Everyone wants to be masters of memory and omission, wrote French historian Jacques Le Goff in the early 1980s, about the disputes between different social groups for the collective memory of a society. In studying the relationship between communication and history, Brazilian communicator Marialva Barbosa took up the idea of Le Goff to affirm that journalists are also "masters of memory," since on a daily basis they select and determine what should be remembered and what can be forgotten. Read more »


Inspiration, innovation and independence: Latin American organizations discuss collaborative journalism at festival in Brazil

At the beginning of the year, eight independent Brazilian journalism organizations started to think about how to stimulate a collaborative culture among independent journalism newsrooms in Brazil and Latin America. The result of this collective was Festival 3i, held in Rio de Janeiro from Nov. 11 to 12. Read more »


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