Brazilian journalist Fabiana Moraes has in recent years honed her sharp critique of the coverage of Brazilian politics and society. She talked to LatAm Journalism Review about her new book, "A pauta é uma arma de combate" [The article is a combat weapon], in which she proposes a subjective journalism and talks about "how journalism can oppose scenarios of the destruction of people’s humanity."
Faced with the recent escalation of attacks on freedoms of the press and expression in Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua, journalists from these countries have come together to create the Red Centroamericana de Periodistas [Central American Network of Journalists]. Guatemalan Marielos Monzón, one of the Network’s founders, spoke to LatAm Journalism Review (LJR) about the goals and lines of work of this initiative in defense of journalism and the citizens’ right to be informed.
The seventh edition of the Brazilian Conference on Data Journalism and Digital Methods - Coda.Br, which runs from Oct. 31st to Nov. 6th, will once again have a face-to-face event in São Paulo. The conference will include people from around the world who want to follow panels and workshops online, as a celebration of the legacy of American journalist Philip Meyer, who coined the term "precision journalism" to designate the work with data in the profession.
A tree thought of as the "queen of the Amazon," the “sumaúma” or kapok tree is one of the symbols of this tropical forest that covers a large part of South America. This icon of Amazonian magnificence gives its name to a journalistic project that publishes feature stories and articles in Portuguese, Spanish, and English. Its goal is to amplify the voices of the forest and "to refocus the world," as Eliane Brum, one of the founders of Sumaúma, said in an interview with LatAm Journalism Review (LJR).
On Oct. 21, 2022, Bogotá, the capital of Colombia, will host for the first time the Gabo Festival, which resumes face-to-face after two years of online editions due to the Covid-19 pandemic. On the same day 40 years ago, Gabriel García Márquez was announced as the winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature. His acceptance speech "The Loneliness of Latin America" inspired the tenth edition of the Festival, which bills itself as an event for "storytellers."
Just over a year after being founded by a group of 30 Brazilian news organizations, the Digital Journalism Association (Ajor) recently surpassed the 100-member mark, an achievement for the entity dedicated to strengthening digital journalism in Brazil. The growth of the association highlights the diversity of the sector in the country, which Ajor intends to help be recognized also for its economic importance.
The arrest of José Rubén Zamora, journalist, founder and president of elPeriódico newspaper in Guatemala, has drawn international attention to the worsening of press freedom and the right to information in Guatemala. Journalists interviewed by LatAm Journalism Review (LJR) said that the arrest of one of the best-known names in Guatemalan journalism is a serious development in the escalation of attacks against the press critical of President Alejandro Giammattei's administration.
On Aug. 31, 2002, a seminar sponsored by the then nascent Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas took place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. This marked the Center's first step on its path to supporting journalism in Latin America and the Caribbean, as established at its inception. Twenty years later, the Knight Center celebrated the expansion of its initial mission to strengthen global journalism with a special seminar at the University of Texas at Austin.
Aware that widespread disinformation and threats to press freedom pose threats to democracy, the General Secretariat of the Organization of American States (OAS) launched the Center for Media Integrity of the Americas. This center intends to hold training seminars and conferences and offer grants to encourage the production of journalistic investigations. John Feeley, executive director of the new Center, spoke to the LatAm Journalism Review about the initiative.
For Mexican journalist Laura Castellanos, "it is vital that Latin American journalism become aware of its responsibility to cover, with a feminist perspective, the crisis that is tearing the region apart in terms of our civilization and the globe.” She is one of the winners of the Maria Moors Cabot 2022 award and talked about her work covering structural violence in her country in an interview with LatAm Journalism Review.