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Diego Cruz is a multimedia journalist from Monterrey, Mexico. After living there for 20 years he moved to Austin, Texas, where he studied at the University of Texas at Austin and graduated in December 2013. He previously worked for a number of publications including The Daily Texan and the Texas Advanced Computing Center, covering a wide range of general topics and later focusing on scientific stories. He is especially interested in digital media and in the intersection of journalism and technology.

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Recent Blog Posts:

U.S. media defend drone journalism from federal government, arguing freedom of the press

On Tuesday, May 6, top media companies in the United States accused the Federal Aviation Agency (FAA) of obstructing freedom of speech and of the press with its broad policies prohibiting the use of drones for newsgathering. Read more »


Digital platform Poderopedia’s new chapter to analyze power networks in Venezuela


On May 3, World Press Freedom Day, Venezuela’s Press and Society Institute (IPYS) launched a new chapter of the digital platform Poderopedia, which helps visualize the connections that exist between powerful people in the country, the organization reported. The platform collects and presents information about political and business leaders in the nation, revealing conflicts of interest, spheres of influence and other connections. Read more »


Newsprint shortage causes state of emergency for Venezuelan newspaper El Universal


Venezuelan newspaper El Universal declared itself in a state of emergency on Monday May 5 due to a lack of newsprint, saying their current inventory would allow them to publish for two more weeks at the most, according to a statement by the paper. El Universal will need to cut down its print edition to two sections of eight pages each, with the rest of the content published online. Read more »


Press freedom levels in Americas lowest in five years, says new report

The organization Freedom House released its 2014 report on freedom of the press around the world, noting that in 2013 global press freedom was at its lowest level in more than a decade and the lowest in five years for the Americas. Read more »


A list of campaigns in the Americas and around the world to celebrate World Press Freedom Day 2014


On Saturday May 3, journalism organizations in Latin America and the world will commemorate World Press Freedom Day, one of the most important freedom of expression celebrations since it was established by the United Nations in 1993. Read more »


Drone coverage of tornado prompts U.S. government investigation

Not long after a massive tornado ravaged Arkansas on Sunday, April 27, Little Rock-based photojournalist Brian Emfinger used a flying drone to record a bird’s-eye view of the damage dealt by the cyclone. A day later, the United States Federal Aviation Agency (FAA) confirmed they were investigating the use of drones by journalists during the disaster, which the website Mashable described as an attempt to regulate the new technology. Read more »


Veracruz protesters condemn impunity two years after killing of Mexican journalist Regina Martínez


Mexican journalists in Veracruz and other groups marched on Monday, April 28, to commemorate reporter Regina Martínez, who was killed two years ago on the same day, according to Proceso magazine. Read more »


Facebook launches new service to publish newsworthy content from social media

With more than one billion people using its platform to share photos, videos and news updates, Facebook decided to aggregate newsworthy content and publish it in a new resource called FB Newswire, designed to help journalists and newsrooms find news on social media more easily, the company announced on April 24 in their Newsroom blog. Read more »


Mexican journalist Elena Poniatowska awarded Cervantes Prize


On Wednesday April 23, Mexican writer and journalist Elena Poniatowska received the Cervantes Prize at the University of Alcalá in Henares, near Madrid, Spain, according to the newspaper El Universal. Read more »


Bomb detonates in front of Peruvian journalist’s home


A bomb planted by an unknown men detonated in front of a home belonging to Peruvian journalist Yofré López Sifuentes in the early hours of Tuesday April 22, according to the daily La República. Read more »



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