Knight Center founder to be honored at investigative journalism conference in Brazil

Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas founder Rosental Calmon Alves will be recognized for his academic and journalistic contributions at the Brazilian Investigative Journalism Association's (ABRAJI) sixth annual International Investigative Journalism Congress in July.

The conference, June 30-July 2 at the Anhembi Morumbi University in Sao Paulo, will feature about 90 panelists from both inside and outside of Brazil, including Aron Pilhofer of The New York Times and representatives of WikiLeaks.

Each year at the conference ABRAJI honors a journalist for his or her experience and contributions. Alves, who was a Nieman fellow at Harvard, was selected for being "one of the most respected journalism theorists on the planet today," and an Internet "guru," an ABRAJI statement said. Alves and the Knight Center also were behind the creation of ABRAJI and other similar Latin American organizations, including the Argentine Journalism Forum (FOPEA) and the Paraguayan Journalists Forum (FOPEP).

"The tribute to Rosental is a most-just recognition of a journalist who has contributed so much to raise the standards of the profession in Brazil and other countries," said ABRAJI President Fernando Rodrigues in a statement.

This blog is produced at The Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas at the University of Texas at Austin and funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

Note from the editor: This story was originally published by the Knight Center’s blog Journalism in the Americas, the predecessor of LatAm Journalism Review.