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Brazilian digital natives use WhatsApp to seek a direct connection with the audience

The second most popular social network for journalism consumption in Brazil, WhatsApp has become the focus of the distribution strategy of digital native news outlets in Brazil. They see an opportunity to establish a direct connection with the public, without depending on the algorithm of other platforms.

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Nonprofit news initiatives in the United States seek to serve underserved populations, strengthen local journalism and create jobs for journalists

Representatives from the Sahan Journal and the Chicago Sun-Times shared at ISOJ how their outlets have applied the nonprofit model to deliver quality journalism, while the Venetoulis Institute for Local Journalism and the Houston Endowment shared why they are funding local journalism initiatives.

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Professionals outline revenue possibilities for digital media outlets at ISOJ 2022

April Brumley Hingle, director of financial resources at The Texas Tribune, and Janine Warner, co-founder of SembraMedia, were the guests of ISOJ 2022 for a conversation about subscriptions, events, products, and tips on how to diversify revenue from news outlets.

Fundadores da Headline Mario Camera, Andrei Netto (em pé), Felipe Paiva, Deborah Berlinck, Danilo Rocha Lima (sentados). Foto cortesia

Franco-Brazilian newstech receives €700,000 investment for independent journalism monetization platform

Headline news startup intends to transfer up to 70% of its total revenue — through subscriptions and content licensing — to journalists and independent organizations present on the platform.

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12 media outlets closed their doors in Brazil in 2021

On average, one media outlet was discontinued per month in Brazil this past year. Altogether, 12 outlets ended their journeys in the country's press throughout 2021, according to a survey carried out by Portal Comunique-se.

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Grants for digital media in Latin America soar in three years and grow with pandemic, study says

According to the study by SembraMedia, in 2019, grants surpassed all other sources of financing and came to represent 29 percent of revenue from these media in the region. And, in 2020, they reached 37 percent.

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Brazilian journalistic outlets use public policies to promote culture to get resources

In the absence of specific public policies to finance journalistic activities, small media outlets in Brazil make use of calls for grants for cultural projects to obtain resources. The country has a long tradition of publicly funding cultural activities, and journalists and experts advocate the same approach to journalism to tackle the news deserts and disinformation.

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‘Shareholders are not the owners of information’ says Daniel Coronell, president of resurrected Colombian magazine Cambio

When the return of Cambio magazine –previously a reference for investigative journalism in Colombia– was announced, it generated debate around press freedom and the situation of the media in the country.

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Brazilian journalists launch local data agency in a region of the country with a high concentration of news deserts

While still in college and with just US $36, Brazilian students launched Tatu, a data journalism agency specializing in coverage of the state of Alagoas. Today, the startup has eight employees, is already financially sustainable and seeks to expand its coverage.

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Report for the World program arrives in Brazil and helps two newsrooms hire reporters

The creators of a successful program matching journalists with underserved communities in the United States are digging roots in Latin America. Report for the World, a program of international news organization The GroundTruth Project, is partnering with Brazilian digital natives Marco Zero and InfoAmazonia to fund reporting positions and offer training for their newsrooms. Launched in mid […]