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Topic “news deserts”

Third edition of Atlas da Notícia shows expansion of news deserts in Brazil

A total of 37.4 million Brazilians (equivalent to 17.9 percent of the population) live in the so-called news deserts, meaning, municipalities where there is not even one journalistic outlet. To these are added 27.5 million (13.2 percent of Brazilians) who live in “quasi deserts,” with up to two journalistic outlets. Read more »


Facebook Project calls together ten outlets from five Brazilian regions to foster local journalism and reach ‘news deserts’

A program from the Facebook Journalism Project that has passed through the United States, Germany, Canada and Australia arrived in Brazil on July 29 to strengthen local journalism in five regions of the country.

The Local News Accelerator selected ten Brazilian media outlets to participate in the 12-week training and mentorship program with experts, Facebook said on July 24. The program also provides financial support for each media outlet to develop a project focused on local journalism. Read more »


Colombian freedom of expression organization bets on the development of local journalism in 'news deserts'

When the Foundation for Press Freedom of Colombia completed its three-year project “Cartographies of Information,” the panorama of the country was not encouraging: 60 percent of the municipalities analyzed were considered information deserts, meaning there was no media outlet producing local information.

There could be cases in which there were media outlets, such as radio stations or television channels, but these were either national or were exclusively entertainment. Read more »


Researchers launch atlas to map local journalism and “news deserts” in Brazil

Concentrated in the São Paulo – Rio de Janeiro – Brasilia axis, a majority of the Brazilian media ultimately informs the entire population of the country about what happens in these places. But how are people who live in small and medium-sized cities informed about what is happening in their regions? Read more »


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