Category: Freedom of Expression

Targeted by populist leaders, journalists develop safety protocols, collaborate with competing outlets and take legal measures against those in power

For the first time in its 21-year-history, the International Symposium of Online Journalism (ISOJ) was held online only in 2020. To watch this panel, click here. To watch other panels, click here. Across the globe, a new generation of populist leaders is targeting journalists as their political enemies. Although practices and strategies differ, their intended results are …  Read More

Holding the line and battling for the truth: journalist Maria Ressa from the Philippines explains the weaponization of social media during the first panel of ISOJ

“We will not duck, we will not hide, we will hold the line,” said Filipino-American journalist Maria Ressa in a documentary over the last four years of Rodrigo Duterte as president of the Philippines, and about to release in the United States. “We felt this is the line of our constitutional rights, we felt power …  Read More

Nicaraguan journalists explain their work and struggle in the midst of a sociopolitical crisis

In an emotional panel that at times resulted in tears from both speakers and attendees, journalists from Nicaragua explained to their Ibero-American colleagues the conditions in which journalism is done in that country within the framework of the 12th Ibero-American Colloquium of Digital Journalism that took place on April 14 at the University of Texas …  Read More

López Obrador creates polarization with attacks on the press and little transparency, say Mexican journalists

With little more than four months in power, the president of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, has implemented a strategy of harassment and disqualification against media that is causing a polarization of the press in that country, according to journalists Salvador Camarena and Daniel Moreno. Camarena, general director of journalistic investigation at the organization Mexicanos …  Read More

Public should invest in quality journalism and news literacy, according to Washington Post’s Marty Baron

Watch video of the conversation with Marty Baron from ISOJ 2018. At the 19th International Symposium on Online Journalism (ISOJ), Marty Baron, executive editor of the Washington Post, echoed statements he previously made about the paper’s role in the era of Trump. “It sounds boring, but we just have to keep doing our job, every …  Read More

To investigate corruption issues, Latin American journalists must reinforce their security on all fronts

Cybersecurity, legal shields and working in alliances are some of the fundamental factors to consider when conducting journalistic investigations on corruption issues in Latin America, according to speakers on the Corruption Coverage panel, held during the 11th Ibero-American Colloquium of Digital Journalism in Austin, Texas on April 15, 2018. The participants of the event, which …  Read More

Latin American innovators talk comic journalism, interactive graphics, transnational collaboration & diversifying revenue models

Latin American innovators talk comic journalism, interactive graphics, transnational collaboration and diversifying revenue models Innovators in Latin American journalism joined the Knight Center for the 11th Iberian American Colloquium on Digital Journalism on April 15, sharing lessons on new storytelling formats, ways to expand reach of a site’s content and revenue models that offer hope …  Read More

Ibero-American journalists innovate in content production by using new technologies and seek to create community

The Iberian American Digital Journalism Colloquium, which emerged over the years as an informal post-ISOJ (International Symposium of Online Journalism) conversation among journalists from Latin America, Spain and Portugal attending the symposium, convened an interesting group of innovative journalists for its eleventh edition. Those in attendance shared their experiences and projects at the School of …  Read More

Satire prompts dialogue on sensitive topics, say ISOJ panelists

Watch video of the satire panel discussion from ISOJ 2018. Using satire and humor can create dialogues around sensitive and controversial topics, especially in countries with restricted freedom of expression, according to panelists at the 19th International Symposium on Online Journalism (ISOJ) on April 14. The panelists said humor makes it possible to address people …  Read More

SembraMedia reveals digital media growth in Latin America, but says organizations still face challenges

This post has been edited to correct figures concerning revenue of digital media sites analyzed by SembraMedia. Additionally, some quotes have been edited to improve translation. (*)For other coverage of the 10th Ibero American Colloquium for Digital Journalism, please see below. Women are leaders at more than 60 percent of digital media sites in Latin …  Read More