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Brazilian judge censors O Globo and Folha for publishing first lady's conversations with blackmailer; entities protest

Update (Feb. 15): Judge Arnaldo Camanho de Assis, of the Federal District Court of Justice, suspended the censorship of Folha de S. Paulo's report on the blackmail carried out by a hacker against the first lady of Brazil, Marcela Temer. The decision came after Folha filed an appeal. Read more »


In a decisive year for peace in Colombia, the country’s press received more threats, pressure and censorship, says FLIP

Although figures on deadly violence against journalists in Colombia continue to decrease – for example, 2016 was the first year of the last seven in which there were no murders of journalists because of their work – the forms of censorship have “mutated” and are far from being overcome in Colombia. Read more »


Mexican governor says he will ask for law that would force journalists to reveal their sources

With the goal of preventing misinformation, Jaime Rodríguez Calderón, Mexican governor of the northern state of Nuevo León, said he would ask local lawmakers for a law that would force journalists to reveal their sources, according to Proceso. Read more »


Brazil tries to make journalism programs more practical, more digital and less theoretical, but adaptation is slow and difficult

In Brazil, journalism administrators still face a number of problems reformulating their curricula and adapting to the new guidelines approved for the degree in September 2013 by the National Education Council. Read more »


Learn about virtual reality and 360 video in Knight Center’s free online course: Intro to Immersive Journalism

For the first time, students in a Knight Center MOOC (massive open online course) will be viewing some lessons in 360 degrees through interactive videos.

In our newest MOOC, “Introduction to Immersive Journalism: Virtual Reality and 360 Video,” we will be using some of the very tools taught in the course. Watch this video of MOOC instructor, professor Robert Hernandez, explaining course content using 360 video. Read more »


Ecuadorian project seeks to make politicians and citizens commit to respecting freedom of expression

With the aim of improving the conditions for the exercise of freedom of expression in Ecuador in the coming years, civil society organizations created a document that establishes the way to achieve this with the commitment of political actors and citizens. Read more »


Knight Center opens registration for global conference ISOJ 2017 and launches the new site ISOJ.org

The 18th International Symposium on Online Journalism (ISOJ) is shaping up, with a preliminary list of outstanding speakers and a new site for exploring the evolution of online journalism through the content of all previous symposia, since 1999.

Registration is now open for ISOJ 2017, so sign up now! Read more »


Peruvian news program in Quechua asserts the use of one of the oldest languages in the world

Quechua, like Greek and Hebrew, is one of the world's ancestral languages that continues being used today. The language is still spoken in much of Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador and in some parts of Colombia, Chile and Argentina; however, the speed with which its use is being left behind is dizzying.

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What to do after losing your job at a newspaper: Brazilian reporter creates a profitable startup and hires 20 journalists

This story is part of a series on Innovative Journalism in Latin America and the Caribbean.(*)


When he was laid off from Folha de S. Paulo in 2014, political reporter and columnist Fernando Rodrigues did not stop his behind-the-scenes coverage of power in Brasilia. He continued to write for his blog, which he had kept for 14 years, and to participate in a radio show. Shortly thereafter, he launched his own company, an innovative startup that has been growing, making profits and hiring journalists. Read more »


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