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Paul Alonso (Lima, 1978) is a Peruvian author and journalist. He has published three books of fiction in Spanish, and writes regularly for Latin America and American media. Alonso has a B.A. in Literature from the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru (PUCP), and a dual Master’s degree in Journalism and Latin American Studies from the University of Texas at Austin, where he is currently a PhD student in Journalism. His research focuses on the convergence of journalism, entertainment, politics and popular culture. He works at the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas since 2004. A selection of his journalistic work can be access at:

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Media group El Comercio to control 78% of Peru’s newspaper market

Following the purchase of 54% of the shares of the printing and marketing branch of Empresa Periodística Nacional S.A. ( Epensa in Spanish), publishing company El Comercio has become the largest media owner in the country. Will the move have an impact on journalism and freedom of expression in Peru? 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 »

New Knight Center online course in English aims at improving reporters' social media skills

Journalists today have unprecedented access to the communities they cover. Savvy journalists use a growing kit of tools and techniques to take advantage of this situation. To help others connect with the reporting potential behind these new technologies the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas is offering a new course in English, "Social Media Optimization," on how journalists can maximize social media in their jobs. The course will be taught in English a last from Oct. 31 to Nov. 27, 2011. Registration is open until Oct. 19 and costs $60. Read more »

Knight Center Digital Library releases Spanish language guides for online journalism and social media ethics

The Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas has released two digital books in Spanish, "Ethical Guidelines for Online Journalism," originally published in English by the Poynter Institute, and "10 Best Practices for Social Media," by James Hohmann and the Read more »

Knight Center again offering online course in Portuguese on infrographics and data visualization

Thinking visually is indispensable for the future of journalism, according to Spanish journalist Alberto Cairo. Cairo's approach to visual storytelling is the theme of the course “Intro to Infographics and Visualization for Journalists,” presented in Portuguese from Oct. 24 through Dec. 4. The Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas' distance learning platform will host the course. Participants can register until Oct. 12. Read more »

Webinar shows how to create a successful, sustainable entrepreneurial journalism project

Registration is now open for the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas' new webinar, "7 Steps to Creating a Sustainable Entrepreneurial Journalism Project." The event will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 12 from 12-2 p.m. (CST, Austin, TX). Read more »

Latin American journalists can now apply for online course on Infographics and Data Visualization

The course, “Introduction to Infographics and Visualization for Journalists will be taught in Spanish beginning October 10 and ending November 20, 2011 through the distance learning platform of the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas. The course will be taught entirely online by Spanish journalist Alberto Cairo at a cost of $60. Students have until September 29, 2011 to apply here. Read more »

“Managing Digital Newsrooms” is theme for the next Knight Center webinar

Digital technology has transformed traditional newsrooms and created new challenges for editors who now have to handle both traditional and new media. These new challenges will be the focus of a two-hour web seminar hosted by the Knight Center on Tuesday, Sept. 27 with distinguished Colombian journalist María Teresa Ronderos. Registration is now open.

Click here to sign up for the seminar. The cost is $30 and everyone who completes the seminar receives a certificate from the Knight Center. Read more »

Journalists balk as new Bolivian telelcommunications law goes into effect

Bolivian President Evo Morales promulgated a new Telecommunications, Information Technology and Communication Law that establishes new rules for the distribution of radio and television frequencies, the broadcasting of presidential messages, and authorizes wiretapping in exceptional cases, explained IFEZ-ANP. Read more »

Northern Mexico most dangerous place in country for journalists; prosecution slow and ineffecual

The Mexican Attorney General's (PGR in Spanish) special prosecutor Gustavo Salas Chávez said more journalists were killed in Northern Mexico than anywhere else in the country, according to the newspaper Vanguardia. Since 2000, 76 journalists have been killed and 13 disappeared in Mexico, reported the agency EFE. Statistically, 50 percent, or 38 killings, took place in the northern states of Chihuahua, Guerrero and Tamaulipas; 11 (14 percent) in the center of the country, and 27 (36 percent) in the south. Read more »


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