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Community journalists deliver stories from their favelas in advance of Olympics

As Rio de Janeiro enters the final stages of preparation for the Summer Olympics, news media from all over the world are trying to understand the city and its contrasts. Inevitably, that includes going inside the favelas that are spread across the city and discussing issues like state violence, resident evictions and racism. But, it also includes exploring the art, music and spirit of people living in the favelas.

In efforts to explain their city, residents of the favelas are using journalistic tools to tell their own stories. Read more »


Fourth journalist killed in Mexico this year: The owner of a radio station was stabbed to death in his home in Tabasco

The body of politician and journalist Moisés Dagdug Lutzow, who had been threatened for his work, was found inside his home in Villahermosa, Tabasco, in southeastern Mexico, on Feb. 20. He had been stabbed multiple times. Read more »


Argentinian Graciela Mochkofsky named director of CUNY's new Spanish-language Master's in Journalism

It’s Graciela Mochkofsky’s first week on the job and she already has a full to-do list.

The Argentinian journalist has been named director of the new Spanish-language journalism initiative at the Graduate School of Journalism at the City University of New York (CUNY). Read more »


IWMF fellows head to Colombia and Mexico-U.S. border as part of Adelante initiative

The first group of fellows for the Adelante initiative from the International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF) have been selected and are preparing for trips to Colombia and the Mexico-U.S. border.

As part of the two-week long trips, six journalists will go to the Mexico-U.S. border to report on economic development and the human impact of migration. Another group of six journalists will cover rural and economic development in Colombia.

Mexico – U.S. Border Fellows Read more »


Knight Center launches program for ISOJ 2016, the global conference on online journalism

The Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas has released the program for the 17th International Symposium on Online Journalism (ISOJ), an annual conference that attracts media executives, journalists and scholars from around the world.

Simultaneous translation to Spanish will be provided thanks to Univision. Registration is now closed, but live streaming of the event in English and Spanish will be available at online.journalism.utexas.edu. Read more »


Brazilian journalist receives death threats after newspaper publishes fake interview with him

Brazilian journalist Leonardo Sakamoto has received dozens of death threats after a fake interview with him was published by a local newspaper in Minas Gerais. Read more »


UNESCO and Knight Center offer new online course for Latin American judges on freedom of expression

Due to the success of last year's offering of the massive online course “International Legal Framework on Freedom of Expression, Access to Information and the Safety of Journalists,” which had more than 1,200 registered participants from across Latin America, the course will be offered again starting April 4. Read more »


Governor of Veracruz links man in prison with the murder of journalist Anabel Flores

Amid the controversy generated by the recent murder of a journalist in Veracruz and criticism against its governor Javier Duarte, the state leader published tweets linking Josele Márquez, alias 'El Chichi', with the killing and insisted that organized crime is the real enemy of the press. Read more »


Community Radio in Latin America: fighting to be recognized

Radio undoubtedly has been the most inclusive medium of communication. Its low cost not only allows broadcasters to reach the most remote areas, but includes all people, regardless of socioeconomic or education level, in democratic debate. Read more »


With 24 years of broadcasting, Radio Heliópolis engages and transforms community on the outskirts of São Paulo

It was the early 2000s when Reginaldo José Gonçalves received a visit from a policeman during the broadcast of his rap program on Radio Heliópolis, a community radio station on the outskirts of São Paulo, Brazil. Read more »


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