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Topic “Latin America”

IAPA calls for entries for 2012 Excellence in Journalism contest

The Inter American Press Association (IAPA) now is accepting entries for its 2012 Excellence in Journalism Award contest. For the first time, the contest will include a multimedia coverage category to recognize works that "intelligently and creatively use different media (text, photography, audio, video, infographics) and social networks," IAPA said in a statement. Read more »


Journalists' killers getting away with murder, prompting recognition of International Day to End Impunity

On Wednesday, Nov. 23, for the first time, the world will recognize the International Day to End Impunity, held to coincide with the anniversary of the Nov. 23, 2009, massacre of 32 journalists in Maguindanao in the southern Philippines. The inaugural day is being organized by the International Freedom of Expression Exchange (IFEX) as a "call to action to demand justice for those who have been killed for exercising their right to freedom of expression and shed light on the issue of impunity," according to IFEX. Read more »


Most countries in Latin America, around world, fail Associated Press's freedom of information test

Faring about on par with Asia, better than Africa but worse than Europe, only about 38 percent of countries in Latin America were fully responsive to freedom of information requests filed by the Associated Press (AP) as part of a 105-country-wide project, the AP told the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas. Read more »


With a U.S. computer-assisted reporting specialist, learn in 90 minutes how to use spreadsheets to improve your reporting

In just 90 minutes, the latest webinar from the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas will teach journalists how to create spreadsheets, conduct basic mathematical formulas in Excel, and sort, graph and map data. For journalists working at online publications, or reporters who have always wanted to learn how to use databases in their reporting, or just for those wanting to brush up on their skills, there still is time to register for the webinar, "Using Spreadsheets to do High-Impact Stories." The webinar, conducted in Spanish, will be offered at 10 a.m. (Austin time) on Tuesday, Nov. 15. Read more »


Understanding statistics: A journalist's guide

As databases of raw information become more common and increasingly available to the public, understanding and effectively using statistics is becoming more important than ever for journalists. Read more »


It's that time of year: Apply now for journalism fellowships

Now is the time of year for journalists to be putting together applications for various fellowship opportunities. The Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas has compiled a few of the fellowships journalist can apply for: Read more »


New South American foreign correspondent organization forms in Chile


A new organization uniting 10 foreign correspondent associations in South America was created on Oct. 26 in Santiago, Chile, reported the news agency DPA. Read more »


IAPA: Attempts to silence the press continue to mount, especially in Mexico, Honduras, Ecuador and Argentina

The Inter American Press Association's (IAPA) 67th General Assembly in Lima, Peru, ended with the organization issuing a series of resolutions and conclusions highlighting the fact that "attempts to silence the independent press" in Latin America have continued to mount in 2011, as evidenced by the rampant "physical violence, the murder of journalists and the impunity of these crimes, lawsuits, arbitrary arrests, verbal abuse, and the manipulation of government advertising to laws or restrictive bills." Read more »


Avoid “wonkish,” boring and confusing: Resources to help journalists improve science, environmental reporting

James Astill, the energy and environment editor for The Economist, has been named the 2011 winner of the $75,000 Grantham Prize, an award given for excellence in reporting on the environment, for his eight-part series on the state of the world’s forests. Read more »


Knight News Challenge to hold three innovative media contests in 2012

The once-annual Knight News Challenge now will be offered three times a year, starting in 2012, in order to better keep up with innovation in the news industry, reported Journalism.co.uk.

"The innovation cycle is so short that ideas can get old in the annual contest," said Eric Newton, senior adviser to the president of the Knight Foundation, at the World Editors Forum in Vienna, according to Journalism.co.uk. Read more »



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