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Digitization could help Latin American public media out of current crisis (third and final article of series)

In this third and final installment of the series on public media in Latin America, the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas interviewed various experts and researchers in the field about the challenges for survival and sustainability faced by the public media in the digital age, and their abilities to produce digital content to increasingly fragmented audiences. Read more »

Brazilian government withdraws autonomy of state broadcaster EBC and tries again to fire its president

The Brazilian government changed the structure, as well as the rules of appointment and dismissal of presidents, of the Brazilian Communications Company, which runs a news agency and broadcasting stations of the federal government. The changes get rid of the Board of Trustees that had been created to give the EBC autonomy from the government.

Along with the changes published on Sept. 2, the government of President Michel Temer dismissed journalist Ricardo Melo for the second time and named Laerte Rímoli as president of the EBC. However, they have reversed that decision. Read more »

Latin American public media search for successful funding models (Second article of the series)

In this second article of a series addressing public media in Latin America, researchers talked to the Knight Center about current and potential solutions to finding financial autonomy, what they consider to be one of the major challenges to the consolidation of an independent public media system. Read more »

Does Latin America have "public media" or government media labeled "public"? (First article of a series)

In this first article of the series that will address public media in Latin America, researchers talked about the fundamental characteristics of a media system targeted to citizens and on its importance to the strengthening of democracy. Read more »

Attempts to censor public television in Paraguay prompt concern, protests against new government

On Wednesday, June 27, Reporters Without Borders expressed its concern over for freedom of information in Paraguay after the controversial impeachment and removal -- what some are calling a coup -- of President Fernando Lugo on June 22. Since then, the new government has attempted to censor the public television station TV Pública de Paraguay. The channel was launched as the country's first public TV station in May 2011. Read more »

Award-winning journalist Hollman Morris speaks to the Knight Center about his decision to return to Colombia, despite the risk

Award-winning Colombian journalist Hollman Morris, a former Harvard University Nieman Fellow, has decided to return to his home country "despite having received several threats," he said in an interview with the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas. Read more »

Knight Foundation awards NPR $1.5 million grant for digital training

On Wednesday, Dec. 14, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation announced that it is giving NPR a $1.5 million grant to improve journalists' digital skills, including training in multimedia and social media, reported the Associated Press (AP). Read more »

Grant expands citizen journalism network as U.S. courts expand 1st Amendment protections for citizen journalists

In the latest instance of the media's effort to incorporate more citizens into the news process, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting has announced a $4.1 million grant to American Public Media to fund expansion of its network of "citizen sources," reported the Associated Press (AP). Read more »

FCC report tackles media reform, but did it go far enough?

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released the Information Needs of Communities study June 9, which highlighted the need to complement and fill gaps left by the online news era, CNN reports. Read more »


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