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Topic “Latin America”

"Crackdowns" on journalists, violence lead to drop in global press freedom rankings for Chile, Brazil, and U.S.

Brazil, Chile and the United States tumbled dramatically in the 2011-2012 Press Freedom Index that Reporters Without Borders released Wednesday, Jan. 25. Brazil dropped 41 places to no. 99, Chile plummeted 47 places to no. 80, and the United States fell 27 spots to no. 47. Read more »

Citizens' reports: A guide to crowdsourcing websites in Latin America

From elections in Brazil to mapping power in Chile to a stand-in for Wikipedia in the United States, journalists throughout the Americas are using crowdsourcing to cover the news. The Americas Society/Council of the Americas (AS/COA) noted that crowdsourcing, or turning to a large group of citizens to perform a task that normally would be done by an individual, has "become a popular method for citizen participation" that allows "users to report crimes anonymously...due in part to violence against witnesses and journalists." Read more »

Scholarship available for Spanish speakers seeking master's degree in journalism at U.S. university

The Carlos M. Castañeda Educational Foundation is accepting applications for a 2012-2013 scholarship for Spanish speakers seeking a graduate degree in journalism from a U.S. university. Applicants also should demonstrate a commitment to defending human rights, democracy, and press freedom. Read more »

Deadlines approaching for upcoming international journalism fellowships

Searching for ways to improve your journalism skills? Looking to get experience reporting abroad? The list of upcoming journalism fellowships for 2012 compiled by the International Center for Journalists might be exactly what you were looking for. Read more »

Last chance to apply for Knight Center course on using social media in the newsroom

There is still time to kick off your new year learning how to better use social media in the newsroom. Register by Thursday, Jan. 5, for an online course with the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas. The English-language course, “Social Media for Journalists,” runs Jan. 16-Feb. 12. Read more »

Thousands of Latin American and Caribbean journalists benefit from Knight Center programs in 2011

Online courses and webinars, workshops, conferences, e-books, a news blog and direct assistance to journalists' organizations have been offered by the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas during 2011. Thousands of journalists from all Latin American countries and most of the Caribbean have benefited from this wide variety of programs. Read more »

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 »


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