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JOURNALISM IN THE AMERICAS Blog

Need for more reporting on South America’s Amazon led to the creation of a $5.5 million fund for rainforest journalism

Journalists working in the Amazon now have a new fund at their disposal to help realize coverage of the region thanks in part to the initiative of reporters working in the area.

The Norwegian government and The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting recently launched the Rainforest Journalism Fund (journalism fund on tropical forests) to allocate U.S. $5.5 million over five years for coverage raising awareness about global problems in tropical forests and climate change. Read more »


Learning materials for popular online course on programming language R are now available

An online course on the complex programming language R recently ended with more than 3,300 registered students from 131 countries and all instructional materials for the course are now available. The materials are available to the general public and will act as an ongoing resource for those who are interested in learning more about R. Read more »


Online Journalism Awards go to innovative news media in Argentina, Cuba, Mexico and Venezuela

Latin American newsrooms won four big honors at the 2018 Online Journalism Awards, prestigious prizes recognizing excellent digital journalism.

Postdata.club, a data journalism site in Cuba, won the General Excellence in Online Journalism award for Micro Newsroom. As noted by the organization itself, it often builds or completes data sets due to the difficulty of obtaining public data on the island. Read more »


Threatened Brazilian media professionals officially included in protection mechanism of the Ministry of Human Rights

Communicators threatened for doing their work were officially included in the protection program for human rights defenders of Brazil’s Ministry of Human Rights (MDH, for its initials in Portuguese). Read more »


Plenary Assembly of Ecuador will study reforms to the country's controversial Communications Law

Ecuador’s Organic Law of Communication (LOC, for its initials in Spanish), considered by press freedom organizations as the most repressive law of the continent, could be reformed before the end of 2018. Read more »


RESEARCH: Ecuadorian students and digital media unite to fact-check presidential candidates


By Tania Orbe Martínez, professor of journalism at Universidad San Francisco de Quito* Read more »


Colombian organization asks authorities for speedy investigation of death threats against journalists

Colombia’s Foundation for Press Freedom (FLIP, for its acronym in Spanish) called on the Attorney General and the Ministry of the Interior to promptly investigate recent death threats made against journalists in early September. These threats were made by an alleged paramilitary group Águilas Negras. Read more »


Study shows Venezuelan journalists work amid threats and economic precariousness

Venezuelan journalists work in an environment often characterized by threats, economic precariousness, limited resources and few job opportunities. Read more »


Mexican protection mechanism for journalists set to run out of funding, spurring press advocates to action

The Protection Mechanism for Human Rights Defenders and Journalists will run out of funding at the end of September, mobilizing press advocates to demand the federal government guarantee resources for the program to continue. Read more »


IAPA awards the 2018 Press Freedom Grand Prize to independent journalism in Nicaragua

For "its professionalism and courage in the face of indiscriminate violence of the Daniel Ortega regime," the Inter American Press Association (IAPA) awarded the 2018 Press Freedom Grand Prize to independent journalism in Nicaragua, the organization announced on Sept. 5. Read more »


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