In a saturated and rapidly evolving digital media landscape, discerning truth from fallacy has proven to be a challenge for readers, especially in the case of government discourse. In response to a growing demand for trustworthy and accurate news, the practice of fact-checking has emerged as a practice that allows journalists to hold public officials accountable for their statements. Read more »
By Rachel Reis Mourao
Mainstream media coverage of Brazilian protests in June, 2013, both on websites and Twitter, highlighted riots and acts of vandalism, rather than demands made by protestors, according to a University of Texas researcher. The findings, which shed light on the role of media in the portrayal of protests, were presented at the 2014 Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication conference in Montreal, Canada. Read more »
The criminal investigation of Peru’s Minister of the Interior for the death of a journalist in 1988 serves as a reminder that the Andean nation still lives and deals with the effects of an internal war that ravaged the country in the late twentieth century.
Whether retired General Daniel Urresti, who President Ollanta Humala named Minister of the Interior in June of this year, will face trial for the 1988 murder of journalist Hugo Bustíos hinges on the decision of the chief prosecutor in Lima. Read more »
The ability to cope with a disruptive environment and an awareness of new technological resources are key skills for the 21st century journalist. This was the lesson highlighted by a group of eight students who participated in a recent Massive Open Online Course, or MOOC, through the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas. The students won scholarships to attend the 10th Brazilian Congress of Newspapers (CBJ by its initials in Portuguese) and visit the facilities of Google Brasil. Read more »
Knight Center publishes e-book on transparency, accountability and journalism in Latin America, Caribbean
As part of its series of occasional e-books, the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas just launched “Transparency and Accountability: Journalism and access to public information in Latin America and the Caribbean.” Read more »
A leading Venezuelan newspaper that was recently sold to anonymous investors appears to be shifting its opposition editorial line weeks after pledging not to. The managing editor at El Universal, Elides Rojas, told the International Press Institute (IPI) that the newspaper’s new president had “ordered a complete revision of the opinion section” and had suspended or dismissed editorial staff. Read more »
As if the dangers of covering crime in one of the riskiest regions of the world for journalists weren’t enough, reporters in Northern Mexico now face new obstacles allegedly created by the authorities who were supposed to protect them.
The state government of Sinaloa passed legislation widely condemned as a “gag law” on crime reporting, and in Tamaulipas, government officials are believed to be behind a campaign to discredit media coverage of organized crime. Read more »
The Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas will offer the Massive Online Course (or MOOC) “Digital Tools for Data Journalism” with the Argentine journalist and instructor Sandra Crucianelli. The course in Spanish will last five weeks from August 18 to September 21 and anyone with access to the internet can participate (see here to enroll). See this video about the course with the instructor Sandra Crucianelli.
“We live in a sea of information” said Crucianelli to explain the goal of the course. “Today a vast amount of data circulate on the information highway and we have to know how to find them, process them, how to contextualize the data and give them meaning. Finding a scoop is like finding a pearl in the sea.” Read more »
Edison Lanza, next OAS Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression, inherits opposition from some member states
When Edison Lanza becomes the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights’ Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression in October he will step into a political battle in the Organization of American States (OAS) over the role of his office in the region. Read more »
When a TV journalist was shot to death recently in Tegucigalpa, the police were quick to say the motive had nothing to do with his reporting work. Some publications say he was the 37th a journalist murdered in Honduras since 2003, while others say he was the 45th reporter killed during that same period. Read more »