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25 September 2012 | Knight Centerproject that explored the migratory effects caused by drug violence along the U.S.-Mexico border and a comprehensive reportingpackage on the ongoing development of Parana' state in Brazil won the Online News Association’s 2012 awards for non-English projects during the ONA’s latest conference in San Francisco. “Mexodus,” published by Borderzine, a bilingual student publication of the University of Texas in El Paso, aimed to document the flight of families and businesses from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico to its sister city of El Paso, Texas. The mass migration followed a surge in drug violence and petty crime in the Mexican border city. Students from four universities in Mexico and the U.S. contributed to the nine-month project and published around 20 stories in both Spanish and English. “Retratos Parana',” published by the Curitiba-based daily Gazeta de Povo was a four-month project in which a team of journalists traveled across more than 6,200 miles in the Brazilian southern state of Parana' to paint a detailed picture of the developing region. The series, which included several features and interactive maps, examined the state through the lenses of economics, health, education, urban mobilization and culture to show the different faces of progress and poverty in Parana'. A third non-English award, for General Excellence, was received by Rue89, an innovative web-only publication from France.
25 September 2012 | IJNetvideo — and a model for how newsrooms can bring data to life. The three-minute clip depicts a helicopter — the “Folhacoptero” — whose pilot flies above the city, explaining the often-polarized political landscape below. Folha art department editor Mario Kanno coordinated the efforts of three journalists, a video editor, a graphic designer and a programmer to create the animation in just three weeks. They obtained, cleaned and analyzed the data, added income information for context, mapped it with Quantum GIS, then used Cinema 4D software to animate it. The Folha crew won’t stop there: Faleiros says the Folhacoptero will take off on three more “data flight routes” during election season.
25 September 2012 | Knight Centerresults of a study on digital journalism in the South American country on Sept. 14, reported the organization. The survey found that 24 percent of digital media do not have a print version, 94 percent of editors believed that social networks support their work, 23 percent have an employee dedicated exclusively to answer questions on social media, and 80 percent do not have a style manual. FOPEA asked the consultancy CIO to conduct a survey of 74 editors of the largest online publications in Argentina during the month of May 2012. Groups surveyed had to generate their own content and update their information daily. The survey focused on the work routines of journalists working online, how they use and verify information found on social networks, and their circulation locally or internationally. Click here to see the official presentation of the survey or the full report.
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25 September 2012 | ReutersFreedom House that declined in their rankings. In contrast Tunisia, Libya and Burma, all countries that have seen dramatic political opening or regime changes, improved over previous years along with 14 other countries, the U.S. group, which advocates democracy and open societies, said. The report was released the day that Vietnam handed out stiff jail terms to three high-profile bloggers for their bold criticism of government handling of land rights issues and corruption. Estonia topped the list of countries for freedom of the Internet with the United States in second place, according to the Freedom House report. The rankings were based on obstacles to Internet access, limits on content and violations of user rights. The report covered the period from January 2011 to May 2012 and is its third on Internet freedom, based on information from researchers mostly based in the 47 countries.