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Alsha Khan's Blog


Alsha Khan is an undergraduate intern for the Knight Center and currently enrolled as a student in the University of Texas at Austin School of Journalism. 

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Recent Blog Posts:

Tribune Company lays off 700 employees amid revenue declines, restructuring plans

The Tribune Company, which owns the Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times and six other daily newspapers, will lay off 700 employees as part of an effort to reorganize itself, the company announced on Wednesday. Read more »

U.S. Internet activist, former WikiLeaks informant receives 10 years in prison

Jeremy Hammond, a 28-year-old Internet activist and WikiLeaks informant from Chicago, was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison and three years of supervised release on Nov. 15 after pleading guilty to hacking into the servers of the Texas-based private global intelligence company Strategic Forcasting (Stratfor) and leaking the information he gathered to WikiLeaks. Read more »

Director of controversial documentary receives new death threats, blames Mexico City judge

Roberto Hernández, the Mexican director of the controversial documentary “Presunto Culpable,” reported on Monday having received new death threats and is accusing the president of Mexico City's Court of Justice, Edgar Elías Azar, of being behind them, Aristegui Noticias reported.  Read more »

New computer crimes law in Peru threatens freedom of information, organizations say

The President of Peru, Ollanta Humala, enacted the Computer Crimes Act last week, which criminalizes the unauthorized creation and use of electronic databases, among other things, with up to five years in prison. Several lawyers and journalism organizations have criticized the law, saying it will endanger Peruvians' right to freedom of expression and information. Read more »

Honduran crime reporting lacks analysis because of fear for journalists’ safety, investigation found

Superficial crime reporting that relies on bloody photos and spread, but lacks any explanation behind such photos, has become a common occurrence among Honduras' media outlets. The Fundación MEPI, a regional investigative journalism project based in Mexico City, says that its content analysis and interviews with reporters and editors have drawn out multiple reasons behind this growing trend: a lack of government-media implemented safety mechanisms to protect journalists, little access to timely official reports by the authorities, and fear of retaliation, if stories display too much context or insight. Read more »

Freedom of the press and the Internet in Venezuela fell in 2012: Freedom House

In the last twelve months in Venezuela, there has been a decline of Internet freedom, showing a substantial increase in the censorship of opinions about political events, like the death of Hugo Chávez and the presidential elections in April, according to the report Freedom on the Net published by Freedom House in early October. Read more »

Mexico, El Salvador, Antigua ranked higher in right to information laws than U.S. and Canada

Mexico, El Salvador and Antigua are ranked higher than Canada, the United States, United Kingdom and Australia on a global ranking of right to information laws, according to the annual ratings prepared by Access Info Europe (AIE) and Halifax-based Centre for Law and Democracy (CLD). Read more »

7 Mobile Apps to Aggregate Your News

It seems like more and more apps are being released that aggregate multiple news media into one, user-friendly space.  Such apps like MediaToolKit, Flipboard, and Pulse News promise mobile users the ability to get content from their favorite news sources all in one place. 

However, it can be difficult to determine which app works for you. The Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas put together a selective list of some news aggregator apps mobile users should consider:   Read more »

U.S. bars entry to German journalist critical of NSA scandal

U.S. authorities denied access to the country to German writer and journalist Ilija Trojanow, a notorious critic of the U.S.’s National Security Agency. The 48-year-old author was stopped in Brazil’s Salvador da Bahia Airport when he was about to board a plane to Miami, en route to Denver for a German-language literary conference. Read more »

New book criticizes relationship between politics and media in Washington D.C.

Talking to NPR, The New York Times Magazine’s chief national correspondent in Washington, Mark Leibovich, describes the scene at the June 2008 funeral of Meet the Press host Tim Russert: Read more »


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