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Topic “USA”

Oft-criticized Huffington Post marks milestone by winning prestigous Pulitzer Prize

Online news sites Politico and the Huffington Post were among the winners of the 14 journalism Pulitzer Prizes awarded Monday, April 16, illustrating the quality and importance of digital content in a field increasingly turning away from traditional, print ways of doing business. What's more, the Huffington's Post Pulitzer win is especially notable considering the HuffPost, a mostly aggregation and blog site, often is derided as a "glitzy thief of journalism produced by others" and dismissed "as an abasement to all that was journalistically sacred," the Columbia Journalism Review noted. Read more »

U.S. civil liberties groups launch online protest against CISPA cybersecurity bill

Internet-wide protests against the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act of 2011 (CISPA) launched Monday, April 16, as civil liberties organizations fight to stop the controversial bill that critics say threatens free speech, erodes online privacy and encourages companies to share users' private information with the government, reported Reporters Without Borders. The cybersecurity bill's supporters say the legislation is meant to protect national security and prevent cyberattacks on computer networks, according to Mashable. Read more »

Gawker's mole at Fox News outed, fired

Fed up with Fox News' "non sequitur, ad hominem attacks on the president; gleeful race baiting; a willful disregard for facts; and so on," an employee for the conservative network decided to go rogue and act as a "mole" inside Fox for the Gawker news site, according to Mediaite. Read more »

Debate on drug legalization hits mainstream press in newspapers throughout the Americas

With Mexico and Central America suffering record levels of violence -- mostly due to escalated drug trafficking -- Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina intends to raise the controversial issue of drug legalization at the Sixth Summit of the Americas, to be held in Cartagena, Colombia, April 14-15. As an analysis by three former presidents from Brazil, Colombia, and Mexico noted, 40 years of concentrated drug-fighting efforts have done nothing to reduce ever-increasing drug production and use, making it time for the region to take a new approach, according to an article published in news outlets throughout the region, including The Huffington Post. Read more »

It's time to register for seat at one-of-a-kind International Symposium on Online Journalism

In less than two weeks, Austin, TX, will become the capital for online journalism as an expected 200 media professionals, experts and scholars from around the world will descend on the University of Texas-Austin campus for the 13th International Symposium on Online Journalism (ISOJ), to be held April 20-21 at the Blanton Museum of Art. Read more »

Spanish-speaking journalists from the Americas can apply now for course on the Inter-American Human Rights System

Journalists from countries in the Americas have until April 16 to apply for a course from the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, to be held May 10-11 in Washington, D.C. The course, offered in Spanish, is aimed at helping journalists who cover human rights to better understand the Inter-American Human Rights System. Read more »


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