Data journalism in an Environment of Competing Government Media: Where to begin? Ecuador case (Spanish)

This academic essay explores which are the first steps to be taken by journalists and media to boost data journalism amid an atmosphere of constant struggle between the government and the press. The essay will be focus on the analysis of the Ecuadorian case, with brief references to data journalism development experiences in other countries. Continue Reading →

Journalism and Social Appropriation of Knowledge (Spanish)

In Latin America, the 1997 UNESCO directives, and laws that protect the provision of higher education contemplates, besides teaching, extracurricular activities and research as a mission. The research should foster the search and generation of knowledge from the universities.

Consequently, social communication and journalism programs, seeking increasingly competent and comprehensive students aiming for long term journalism and not just breaking news, need urgently to depend less of curricular programs training and pursue an investigative culture that have impact in the professional skills of their graduates Continue Reading →

Learning to be Guided by Data: The Training of Journalists Team Estadão Data (Portuguese)

The article presents the partial results of over 50 hours of non-participant observation of the routines of the first team of data -driven journalism ( JGD ) formed in the Brazilian press : journalists and programmers responsible for publishing Estadão data, the newspaper O Estado de São Paul . The observation is complemented by interviews with team members and document analysis , following the suggestion of Singer (2011 ) for an ethnographic approach including a triangulation of information sources . Continue Reading →

Development Efforts to Promote Investigative Reporting: A Preliminary Assessment of Centers in Azerbaijan, Jordan, Bangladesh, and Bosnia

Over the past decade the international development community, from the World Bank to USAID, has come to regard investigative journalism as a silver bullet to fire at corruption and public apathy in its fight for good governance in emerging democracies. Internationally, governments spend more though media development than do private media on investigative reporting. This has contributed to the emergence of more than 100 investigative centers around the world, according to Center for International Media Assistance reports on global trends in investigative reporting. But while the goals of these centers are similarly lofty – reduce corruption, empower citizens, increase transparency, improve government accountability -- results are mixed. Continue Reading →

Toward Construction of New Paradigms in Teaching Journalism in Mexico (Spanish)

In the last decade, Mexico has become one of the most difficult parts of the continent for being a journalist. Apart from the huge violence against journalists, there is job insecurity linked to a deep stagnation of investigative methods and tools in journalism schools.
This work intends to show, from a general analysis of the gaps, challenges and opportunities for journalism schools, a proposal for incorporating new content in journalism education to strengthen the technological capabilities of their graduates. Continue Reading →

The Relationship (im)possible: Access to Public Information As a Tool of Investigative Journalism in Mexico (Spanish)

The access to public information has become an important tool for investigative journalism. In Mexico, the law that guarantees access to public documents is ten years old and has been recognized as a pioneer law in the world. However, neither the progress on transparency and accountability in the country, nor the journalism projects using institutional resources appear to have met the expectations but, in fact, they may reflect a setback.
Given this view, this paper analyzes the two forces that have been combined in the Mexican context. Continue Reading →

Talking to an API: An Explanatory Study on Social TV (Portuguese)

It discusses the use of customized access to information stored on social media platforms through the phenomenon of using social networks in parallel to consumption of TV software tools, constituting what some authors call the "backchannel", a secondary space content production and discussion of the programs being watched synchronously to the issue and looking into it similar to what we know in journalism as criteria for newsworthiness organizing forces. Continue Reading →

The Concept of Ethics and the Production of Journalism in Times of Technology (Portuguese)

Investigative journalism has an ally in technology during procedures of verifying information . But this approach raises discussions about the ethical dimension of the procedures used . Just remember that the last update of the Code of Ethics of the Brazilian Journalists occurred in 2007 , and was motivated by the specific discussion on the use of hidden camera as an artifact in the journalistic investigation. The use of new technologies in the production process of journalism could be influencing the concept of ethics of journalists ? To try to answer this question , we interviewed 15 professional journalists operating in the labor market of Fortaleza Continue Reading →

Effective Alternative Method for Teaching Investigative Journalism in Emerging University Journalism Education (Spanish)

This work has been done in an University with limitations in teaching investigative journalism. The main obstacles are the lack of logistical resources to carry out work outside the classroom, the low previous education of the students and the limited time they have. The objective of this paper is to search for an effective methodology for teaching investigative journalism at this University. Continue Reading →