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Brazilian journalists create platform to connect scientists and the press

Despite the large number of scientific studies published each day in Brazil, finding the people behind the research can be a great challenge, and getting them to talk an even bigger one. 

Faced with this reality, Brazilian researchers and journalists created a platform to serve as a bridge between researchers and the press, in addition to helping change the culture of sharing scientific research in the country. Read more »


After 500 days of its paper being withheld by the government, La Prensa of Nicaragua negotiates its release

Nicaraguan newspaper La Prensa reported that there is a negotiation underway for the release of tons of paper and other materials, held by customs for more than 500 days, according to a note from the editorial board, published on Feb. 5. The blockade has imposed severe restrictions on the circulation of the newspaper and threatened its survival. Read more »


Brazilian projects for media literacy and combating false news find allies outside journalism

Brazilian media literacy and anti-disinformation projects decided to leave newsrooms and seek allies outside the journalistic bubble, with courses for digital influencers, teachers and students, employees of the Judiciary and companies in the most varied sectors, from banks to health plans. Read more »


Ecuadorian journalists create directory of women experts to encourage diversity of sources in the press

Journalists Isabela Ponce and María Sol Borja, from the Ecuadorian website GK, developed a digital platform called Voces Expertas, to bring together women experts with the aim of increasing the presence of women among journalistic sources in Latin America. Read more »


Attacks on the press in Brazil rise 54% in 2019, according to Fenaj report

Attacks against media outlets and journalists in Brazil increased by 54 percent in 2019, compared to the previous year, according to general data from the report of the National Federation of Journalists (FENAJ), published Jan. 14. The full document will be released at an event in Rio de Janeiro later this week. Read more »


Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro made 116 attacks on the press in 2019, according to Fenaj

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro made 116 attacks on the press and journalists in 2019, about one statement every three days, according to monitoring by the National Federation of Journalists (Fenaj). Read more »


New data journalism project in Panama aims to promote culture of transparency in the country

Daily obstacles motivated Panamanian journalists Ana Graciela Méndez and Alfonso Grimaldo to create El Tabulario – a project, launched at the end of May, which collects, analyzes and disseminates public data with the aim of promoting transparency in the country. Read more »


Eight Latin American projects among finalists for the 2017 Data Journalism Awards

*Editor's note: This story has been updated to include Postdata.club from Cuba as a finalist in the "Data journalism website of the year" category.

Eight projects from five Latin American countries– Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica and Cuba– are among the finalists for the 2017 Data Journalism Awards. Read more »


Brazilian newspaper with majority print subscribers closes daily paper edition and increases profit margin

As of June 1, Gazeta do Povo, the newspaper with the largest circulation in the Brazilian state of Paraná, will no longer publish its daily print edition. The transition to a business model focused on digital mobile platforms is bold, considering the newspaper's audience: more than half of Gazeta's subscribers come from the print edition. Read more »


Brazil does not punish public servants who don't comply with access to information law, says Article 19

Civil servants who do not comply with the Law on Access to Information (LAI) in Brazil are not punished, according to a recent report from Article 19 Brazil, an NGO that defends freedom of expression and the right to information. The report was launched in celebration of the five-year law, which became effective on May 16. Read more »


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