The recent meeting of the Inter American Press Association (IAPA) painted a gloomy picture of the current status of press freedom in Latin America, The Guardian's Roy Greenslade reported. According to IAPA, the state of freedom of expression has deteriorated in nearly all of the Americas during the last six months.
Will robots soon be replacing humans? After some sports reporters at Deadspin saw an article on GWSports.com, it was so awful that they were convinced a robot had written it. When they found out it had been written by a human, they set out to see if a robot could do better. Their result was reported by NPR.
The college paper of LaSalle University in Philadelphia was instructed to not put a story embarrassing to the university in a prominent place on the paper's cover. The staff, feeling the university was trying to control them too much, came up with a particularly crafty solution, as reported by Charles Apple.
After hiting the headlines for its coverage during the recents Arab World uprisrings, Al Jazeera English today is launching the online component to its forthcoming social media-centered news program, The Stream. As Fastcompany reported, it is a social storytelling service powering the editorially curated content, which is complimented by community commenting before, during, and after the anchored news show. It's scheduled to start airing May 2nd.
An online video project allowing "semi-urban" Indian women to voice their opinions on issues affecting them has won first prize in the annual Digital Heretics Award, run by the International Journalism Festival, Journalism.co.uk reported. The Wave Project, which stands for Women Aloud Videoblogging for Empowerment, will take home €5,000 for its first place. The initiative calls itself a "first-of-a-kind citizen journalism project" and states that it aims to "share compelling videos that start conversations and builds bridges across global boundaries", the article said.