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Freelance photographer cut loose by Associated Press for manipulating Argentine soccer image

The Associated Press (AP) severed ties with a freelance photographer after he manipulated a photo of children playing soccer near the town of Mendoza, Argentina, in order to eliminate his shadow from the image, according to a July 11 memo from AP director of photography Santiago Lyon, reported Poynter.org.

Knight Foundation grant gives two Latin American journalists opportunity to inform citizens, enhance press freedom

A new grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation will help two Latin American journalists extend their Knight Latin American Nieman Fellowships so they can explore projects that may create new ways to keep citizens informed while also enhancing a free press.

Newspaper circulation rises in South America, falls in the U.S., says the Economist

The average circulation for paid-for daily newspapers climbed by five percent in South America and fell by 11 percent in North America from 2005 to 2009, says the Economist magazine in a recent report that also connected the shifts in circulation to the rates of acceptance of social media.

Associated Press editor tells staff to rein in personal opinions on social media

Associated Press employees have been warned to not share their opinions via social media, Poynter reports, lest they damage the reputation of the 165-year-old international news network.

Jailing of two Haitian journalists condemned by Reporters Without Borders

Reporters Without Borders has called for the immediate release of two Haitian journalists who were jailed June 22 by authorities for no apparent valid reason, the International Freedom of Expression Exchange reports.

Journalist who fled Mexico after threats receives fellowship to study at Canadian college

Luis Horacio Nájera has received a fellowship to study at a prestigious graduate school in Canada, the country that granted the Mexican journalist asylum more than two years ago, IFEX reports.

Guest post: Brazil’s information access law and the right to know

Some scholars link the presence of a freedom of information law in a county to its level of social and economic development. After all, the first country to pass such a law was Sweden, a nation that charts highly on human development indices. The second was Finland, another place considered among the best in the world to live. The United States was the third country to pass a law guaranteeing access to public information.

Students attack journalists in Peru and Venezuela

The Press and Society Institute (IPYS) issued two alerts for journalists who were attacked and threatened on university campuses in Peru and Venezuela.

Knight News Challenge awards $4.7 million for innovative media projects

Tools for managing, visualizing, and distributing data was a recurring theme in the 16 vanguard media projects that will share $4.7 million in funding from the 2011 Knight News Challenge. Since it began in 2006, the initiative, primarily funded by the John S. and James L Knight Foundation, has given out $27 million to 76 projects to promote journalistic innovation.

Cuba forces 18 journalists into exile in one year, says CPJ report

Cuba is one of the top two nations in the world with the worst record of forcing journalists into exile, said the Committee to Protect Journalists in a new report.