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Topic “online and digital journalism”

Interview: Journalist Claudia Méndez creates interactive map of homicides in Guatemala City


After finishing a year at Harvard as a Latin American Knight Foundation Nieman fellow, Guatemalan journalist Claudia Méndez Arriaza created an interactive map "A life is a life." The map pinpoints homicides in Guatemala City, and, aside from visualizing the data, also includes the names of the victims in this capital city, one of the 10 most violent places in the world, where in 2011 106 of every 100,000 inhabitants was killed. Méndez was inspired by the journalism organization HomicideWatch, which aims to highlight homicides in Washington, D.C., as well as the International Symposium on Online Journalism conference, organized each year by the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas.

The following is an interview the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas conducted with Claudia Méndez about her experience creating this interactive map with the help of a graphic designer and a programer. Read more »


YouTube expands role as news source with Election Hub channel

In its growing role as a news provider, YouTube on Wednesday, Aug. 22, announced the launch of YouTube Election Hub, a channel dedicated to covering politics through the U.S. election. Read more »


Municipal elections in Brazil offer newspaper chance to explore data journalism

On Monday, Aug. 20, the Brazilian newspaper Folha de São Paulo announced the launch of the website FolhaSPDados, an online resource for the up-coming mayoral elections in the city of São Paulo. The website will feature interactive maps and infographics to illustrate and accompany the newspaper's coverage of the election's main themes. Read more »


Lehrer, Zakaria plagiarism scandals in U.S. re-open debate on attribution of sources, quotes

“A serious lapse.” That is how author and CNN television host Fareed Zakaria described the decision to lift a paragraph from the New Yorker magazine for his column in Time magazine, according to the Huffington Post. Read more »


YouTube's online coverage of Olympics portends new style of live news coverage

YouTube’s partnership with NBC to provide live-streaming video from the 2012 Olympics marks the latest phase in the video-sharing company’s development as a platform for visual journalism, according to Mashable. YouTube streamed the games online on behalf of the International Olympic Committee to 64 countries across Africa and Asia, reported GigaOM. Read more »


U.S., international journalists demand more digital training, says new report from Knight Foundation

In a new report from the Knight Foundation examining digital training and continuing education in newsrooms, the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas was noted for its especially highly rated online distance learning program that in 2010 and 2011 trained more than 2,500 Latin American and Caribbean journalists, most of whom said they used their training and were likely to recommend it, and that the online training was as good as or better than tr Read more »


How to create interactive maps: Applications now open for new online course in Spanish

The Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas will be offering a four-week online course on “The Production of Interactive Maps," an introductory training program for journalists interested in learning digital tools for data analysis and visualization. The instructor, Carlos Martínez de la Serna, was until recently an editor for the newspaper El Mundo, in Madrid, and will be teaching in Spanish from August 27, 2012 through September 23, 2012. Read more »


New AP social media guidelines provide direction on live-tweeting, "friending" politicians

Illustrating the difficulty of keeping up with the ever-evolving relationship between journalism and social media, the Associated Press (AP) again has updated its social media guidelines for reporters, said the AP wire service. The updates include new directions on how to live-tweet events, and how to "follow" or "like" politicians via their social media accounts. Read more »



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