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Julio Lubianco studied journalism at Universidade Federal Fluminense (UFF). He began his career on the local desk at Jornal do Brasil, in 2003. He was a reporter, assignment editor and managing editor at Rádio CBN. He has a Master’s degree in media and communication from the London School of Economics (LSE), with a scholarship from the Journalists of Vision program. He is a professor of journalism at PUC-Rio and presents the podcast BRIO, which discusses journalism, career, market, and technology. He won the Imprensa Embratel award in 2007, the Alexandre Adler award in 2008, and is a two-time winner of the Tim Lopes Award for Investigative Journalism, in 2009 and 2014.

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Recent Blog Posts:

Coronavirus pandemic creates rare union between competing newspapers in Latin America

*This story has been updated.

The worldwide crisis of the new coronavirus pandemic is spreading a rare wave of collaboration between competing media outlets in Latin America. During the week, publications from at least nine Latin American countries published identical covers with headlines related to fighting the coronavirus.  Read more »


Inter-American Human Rights Commission charges Brazil with guaranteeing journalists' work

"Unusual." That is how the president of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights of the Organization of American States (IACHR-OAS), Joel Hernández García, described the current moment of freedom of expression in Brazil. Read more »


Nicaragua records 61 cases of violence against journalists between December 2019 and February 2020

Between December 16 of last year and February 29 of this year, 61 cases of violence against journalists were documented. In all, 53 journalists were victims of violence, some more than once.

Just over 400 crimes against press freedom and access to information were recorded in the period, classified into 25 different types. These include cases of harassment, censorship, intimidation, physical and verbal abuse, damage to equipment, theft and three cases of sexual violence, among others. Read more »


Research shows how to adapt experiences of European journalism startups to the Latin American reality

How can the examples of two successful European journalism startups be useful to a newspaper run by a workers' cooperative in Latin America? This is what Argentine journalist Javier Borelli seeks to understand in the recently released study “Rebooting journalism: how media startups overcame the business model crisis. Read more »


Chauvinist attacks on Brazilian journalist who reported illegal use of social networks in 2018 campaign generate indignation

Folha de S. Paulo journalist Patrícia Campos Mello was once again the target of a series of attacks on her reputation on Feb. 11, after the testimony of a witness to the Joint Parliamentary Commission of Inquiry (CPMI, for its acronym in Portuguese) that investigates fake news in the 2018 Brazilian presidential campaign. Read more »


Complaint against journalist Glenn Greenwald is rejected by Brazilian court

After a judge rejected a complaint to indict him for involvement with hackers who accessed Telegram messages from several Brazilian authorities, U.S. journalist Glenn Greenwald said that he is going to the Supreme Court in search of a decision that guarantees more clearly what the federal constitution says. Read more »


Newspapers in Argentina with paywalls achieved good results among loyal readers, but strive to win new audiences

Argentine newspapers were late in the trend of the world press to implement paywalls to limit access to content to readers who pay for information. Clarín, a pioneer in the country, launched its digital subscription system just in 2017. For comparison, the Reforma group, from Mexico, was the first in Latin America to adopt the paywall, in 2003. Read more »


Media crisis and lack of career opportunities lead journalists to work for those they used to monitor, says Brazilian research

As a correspondent for newspaper Valor Econômico in northeastern Brazil, reporter Murillo Camarotto became an avid consumer of the local press in the main states of the region. In the five years, he was there, he noted a sharp decline in journalistic production, whose peak coincided with the boom of the Brazilian economy in the first decade of the 21st century. The ensuing economic crisis, coupled with the crisis of traditional journalism itself, resulted in a brutal weakening of local coverage. Read more »


Velocidad announces ten Latin American journalism start-ups that will receive combined $1.5 million in investment

The announcement of the ten Latin American journalism start-ups selected to receive $1.5 million in direct investment from the Velocidad program generated enthusiasm among the winners. In addition to the resources, the outlets will receive 1,600 consulting hours to generate new revenue streams, engage audiences and ultimately develop a more sustainable media business. Read more »


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