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Openness, collaborative mapping, sonification, and web extensions: Data-driven projects empower investigative journalism in Mexico

LatAm Journalism Review (LJR) made a compilation of data-driven projects presented this year at the Open Data Day celebrated by the Mexican organization Social Tic. It also talked to some of the creators of these initiatives about the journalistic benefits of open data.

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Digital news outlet elTOQUE puts faces to the Cuban migrant crisis with a data journalism and support to families project

Through crowdsourcing, data journalism and community outreach, the fact-checking and data unit of the Cuban media elTOQUE developed "Migrating: A life and death decision," a multimedia special that seeks to collect data on the Cuban exodus to the United States and provide support to the families of those who died or disappeared along the way.

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Latin American media position newsletters at the center of their digital strategy

The media and journalists in Latin America have not missed the opportunity to join the wave of sending newsletters to create community, establish an intimate relationship with readers and make extra money. Newsletters have become the center of the digital strategy of several news outlets in the region.

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At the scene of the crime: Journalists from Argentina and Brazil bet on true crime podcast to take investigative journalism to another level

Journalists in Latin America have found in true crime podcasts an ideal platform for bringing investigative reporting on real crime to new audiences. However, journalists still face major challenges in terms of distribution and monetization.

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Journalists from Argentina, Paraguay and the Philippines develop image recognition model to make artificial intelligence more inclusive

Faced with the racial and cultural biases that exist in artificial intelligence tools, journalists from Grupo Octubre (Argentina), El Surtidor (Paraguay) and GMA News (Philippines) created Image2Text, a computer vision platform that seeks to add context from the Global South to image recognition technology.

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Various concerns and the quest for revenue diversification: Reuters Institute's journalistic predictions for 2023

The latest report "Journalism, Media and Technology: Trends and Predictions for 2023," published by the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, sheds light on what the news industry can expect in 2023. Concerns about the sustainability of some news outlets are on the rise, as are the challenges to innovate.

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Impactful investigative journalism stories in Latin America in 2022

To honor all Latin American journalists who work every day and take risks to reveal information of public interest, LatAm Journalism Review (LJR) presents four investigations that stood out in 2022. We highlight original, impactful and innovative investigations that used everything from traditional methods to artificial intelligence to shed light on controversial activities that public and private leaders would prefer to keep in the dark.

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Latin American media use Twitter Spaces as part of their digital strategy

Presidential elections, social causes, misinformation, news trends, soccer matches, or Shakira's latest song are some of the topics of debate chosen by news outlets to create Twitter Spaces. LJR talked to journalists from Latin American media to find out how they use this tool as part of their digital strategy.

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Journalists from Brazil, Peru and Venezuela share tools and best practices to improve illegal mining coverage

Using satellite imagery and geo-referencing, following the trail of trafficking networks and taking care for the safety of journalist and sources are techniques that journalists Yvette Sierra of Mongabay, Joseph Poliszuk of Armando.Info and freelancer Hyury Potter have applied in their investigations of illegal mining in Latin America.

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Gabo Prize-winning work by Agencia Ocote revisits tragedy via journalism, art and memory

The "No fue el fuego" [It wasn’t the fire] special, winner of the Gabo 2022 Award for Coverage, achieves a harmonious convergence of different formats in a transmedia investigation of a fire in which 41 girls lost their lives in Guatemala.