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December
30
2009

Sitio hiperlocal "Olor a mi tierra" entra a su 10º año

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Olor a mi tierra recibe un promedio de 3.000 visitantes por día.

December
29
2009

News Divine: La historia detrás de un reportaje multimedia impactante

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Es la historia detrás de la historia de News Divine: Cuenta Pendientes.

Torres, que participó en un curso, "Cómo escribir para la Web" en el Centro de Periodismo Digital, escribió esto para los compañeros de clase y dio permiso para publicarlo en este blog.

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December
29
2009

Brazil: God and the Devil In the Land of the Sun

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The title is the name of a film by one of Brazil's leading film makers shot in the 60s and it somewhat summarizes the best and the worst of the country and these first days of my stay.

It has now been a little bit over one month that arrived in São Paulo, Brazil, where I will kick-start the fellowship which aims to train citizen journalists to cover poverty related issues and to see that the news stories they develop reaches the country's mainstream media.

On a personal level, at least I overcame some initial difficulties.

December
22
2009

Mozambique holds presidential election

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Editors Note: New information technologies used during presidential election in Mozambique.Mozambique held presidential elections at the end of October, with the final results announced in mid-November. You couldn’t ignore the campaign buzz in the weeks leading to the polls: horn-honking caravans, city walls covered in colourful posters, supporters wearing T-shirts, caps and kapulanas (African cloth) emblazoned with party colours and logos.

December
4
2009

Thanksgiving and World AIDS Day an uneasy mix

LUSAKA, ZAMBIA — Reporters have a choice on World AIDS Day. They can go to the press conferences, the speeches, the red-ribbon-test-a-thons that happen every year, and write down what everyone said -- again.

November
21
2009

Researchers, journalists, artists come together

LUSAKA, ZAMBIA — For three days this week, a group of artists, researchers, journalists and others ready to make a difference sat around the Olive Grove room at the Intercontinental Hotel and talked about what they had in common.

<p/> Not much, one would think, on the face of it. Researchers talked about protocols and policies, journalists about tight deadlines and bad headlines, and the artists -- singers, dramatists, visual artists -- they talked about the myriad ways to create messages concerning matters of life and death.

November
12
2009

How a Gringo teaches writing to Spanish-speaking journalists

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This is a neat trick. You kind of fake it. You get them to teach themselves.

I´m teaching an online course right now, How to Write for the Web, actually "Cómo escribir para la Web", totally in Spanish, for about 40 Latin American journalists from a dozen countries.

November
9
2009

Finally Tanzanians ready to let Swahili grow

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Editors Note: The author discusses the growth of the Kiswahili dialect in Tanzania.

For decades, Tanzanians have cherished their version of Swahili, considered to be the purest in the region. But in the spirit of opening up, they now seem to be accepting the "less pure" versions of the neighbours.

Last week I gate crashed into a retreat of top Tanzanian editors and media managers that was taking place in Arusha and it was a most rewarding experience.

November
8
2009

Where routines are challenged, health reporting abides

Fuel shortages, power failures and Internet outages hinder, but don't halt health reporting here.Last night the lights went out, the sudden total onset of darkness followed by a resounding crash of thunder that went on, rumbling and clattering, shaking other bits of infrastructure for some minutes after.

<p/>Interpreting sounds in the darkness can lead to dire conclusions, and it seemed likely then that the power would stay out for some time, as it has in the past after routinely predictable events.

October
31
2009

Partner in Serbia launches new web site with integrated content

Belgrade-based Beta news agency launched a new web site this week, presenting its neatly integrated text, video, audio and photo production. www.beta.rs

The first private and independent news agency in Serbia, Beta, has been a great host organization. Its young and dedicated reporters continuously strive to beat the competition and provide superior service to the agency's more than 250 subscribers. Their efforts meant a better Web was needed to present Beta's diverse production.