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Mexican journalists can apply for online course on covering drug trafficking

The Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas will offer its online Spanish-language course "Coverage of Drug Trafficking for Mexican Journalists" from May 31-July 4, 2010. Applications for a limited number of spaces in the class will be accepted until May 16.

The course will be taught entirely online by Colombian journalist Alvaro Sierra, who is a faculty member at the United Nations University for Peace in San José, Costa Rica. This is the fourth time the Knight Center will offer the course, and the second time it is being offered specifically for Mexican journalists. Read more »


Journalist who blogs from Ciudad Juárez wins prestigious Spanish prize

Spanish journalist Judith Torrea has spent 12 years working as an independent journalist. Last year she created the blog “Ciudad Juárez, en la sombra del narcotráfico” (Ciudad Juárez, in the shadow of narcotrafficking), where she reports on the crimes of drug mafias, stories that traditional media aren't always able to report. Read more »


IAPA offers online certificate in Spanish on covering organized crime

The Inter American Press Association (IAPA) and Mexico’s Autonomous National University (UNAM) will offer from May 3 to Aug. 6 the certificate program “The scope of organized crime: practicing journalism amid violence.” The course focuses on investigative methods and use of new technology. Applications will be accepted until April 26. Read more »


Rare interview with top Mexican drug boss divides readers

Proceso magazine’s publication of an interview with a leading member of the Sinaloa cartel has raised questions about the media’s role in covering drug trafficking. Read more »


Journalism in the age of narcos: threats, violence and censorship

Twenty-six reporters—12 from Mexico and 14 from the United States— participated March 26-27 in the McCormick Foundation's Specialized Reporting Institute: Cross-border Coverage of U.S.–Mexico Drug Trafficking. The seminar took place in Austin and was organized by the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas. Read more »


Drug wars squelch news coverage on Mexico–Texas border; eight journalists have been abducted

A worsening dispute between the Gulf drug cartel and its former security force, the Zetas, has resulted in 200 deaths in two weeks in the northeastern states of Tamaulipas and Nuevo León and unprecedented censorship along Mexico’s border with Texas. The news blackout is backed by threats, kidnapping, and attacks against journalists, The Dallas Morning News reports. Read more »


Knight Center offers online course in Spanish 'Covering Drug Trafficking'

Latin American and Caribbean journalists who cover or edit coverage of the drug trade are invited to apply for the free online course in Spanish "Covering Drug Trafficking," which the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas is offering for the third time from March 8–April 11, 2010. Applications will be accepted online until Feb. 21, 2010. Read more »


Will killings of teenagers and journalists force Mexico’s Calderón to act against violence?

The killings of three Mexican journalists in January alone, and the news that 15 people, mostly teenagers, were killed at a birthday party in Ciudad Juárez have called new international attention to Mexico’s drug-related violence, which is reported to have killed more than 1,000 people in the first 34 days of this year. Meanwhile, Mexican media workers brace for more attacks. Read more »


Blog gives Spanish journalist freedom to report from 'world’s most violent city'

Judith Torrea, a Spanish-born reporter, has covered U.S.–Mexico border issues such as the drug trade, immigration, and border policy for nine years. She was attracted to Ciudad Juárez since her first visit 12 years ago, despite its naming by a Mexican watchdog group as the world’s most violent city. Read more »


Multimedia report recalls unsolved killing of Colombian editor Guillermo Cano

To investigate the unpunished assassination of Guillermo Cano, who was shot by hitmen 23 years ago in Bogotá outside the offices of his family's newspaper, El Espectador, a team of Colombian journalists have produced this excellent multimedia report: 23 Years of Impunity and Silence. Read more »


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