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Summer Harlow has worked as a newspaper reporter in Kansas City, Mo., Wilmington, Del., Washington, D.C., and Guatemala, where she served as an Inter American Press Association Scholar. She has a master’s degree in Latin American studies from the University of Texas at Austin, and bachelor’s degrees in journalism and Spanish from the University of Missouri. Currently she is working on her Ph.D. in journalism at the University of Texas at Austin.

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U.S. reporters concerned about Pentagon's new plans to "monitor" media for information leaks

The U.S. Pentagon has announced new steps to cut down on information leaks, arguing that "unauthorized disclosures undermine national security," reported the Associated Press. Read more »

Cuban journalist faces 15 years in prison for espionage charges

On Wednesday, July 18, Prosecutors sought a 15-year jail sentence for Cuban journalist José Antonio Torres who wrote a scathing investigative piece critical of an aqueduct construction project in the city of Santiago, according to the Miami Herald. Read more »

YouTube emerges as major news source, Pew study shows

YouTube has turned into an important source for viewing news, creating a "new kind of visual journalism," according to a new report from the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism, released Monday, July 16. Read more »

Judge orders Idaho newspaper to identify anonymous commenter

A judge in Idaho has ordered the Spokane Spokesman-Review newspaper to identify an anonymous reader who posted a disparaging comment about a local politician on one of the newspaper's blogs, according to the Coeur d'Alene Press. The judge's ruling limits "free speech in the online age," noted the Talking Points Memo news blog. Read more »

U.S. television newsrooms' staffing, profitability on rise, study shows

Even as print newsrooms in the United States are shrinking, employment in television newsrooms grew 4.3 percent in 2011 to its second-highest level ever, according to a new study from the Radio Television Digital News Association and Hofstra University. Read more »

VIDEO: Guatemala's Plaza Pública news site part of international trend of in-depth, independent online journalism

The online news site Plaza Pública (Public Square), created in early 2011 to bring a "more independent, less superficial" journalism to Guatemala, is aimed at exploring the relations between power and economy, and power and organized crime -- uncomfortable themes for the powers that be, said Martín Rodríguez Pellecer, the site's founder director, during an interview with the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas. Read more »

Another U.S. newspaper to drop Monday print edition

The Anniston Star in Alabama has become the latest U.S. newspaper to announce that it is cutting back its daily print editions, according to Poynter. Come October, the newspaper will eliminate its Monday print edition, which is its lowest-circulation newspaper. A Friday insert, called Escapes, also will be eliminated. Read more »


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