Showcase of media innovation: View from Latin America | What’s New in Publishing


At ISOJ, tales of collaboration on viability, fact-checking, free expression

The Worldwide Symposium of On-line Journalism (ISOJ) has been a showcase of media innovation since its launch in 1999 by Rosental Alves, director of the Knight Heart for Journalism within the Americas on the College of Texas, Austin.

I’ve attended and spoken at a number of of them and all the time discovered it stimulating and rewarding. This 12 months, 296 folks from 21 nations attended in particular person. I attended on-line from Germany, together with greater than 900 others from 90 nations.

Stimulating native journalism

A panel related to my work handled shared sources obtainable to small, native information shops. Eniola Longe coated the roundtable that introduced collectively representatives from LION Publishers, the Income Lab of Texas Tribune, and Newspack, a collaboration of WordPress and Google Information Initiative.

Lisa Heyamoto, director of instructing and studying at LION (Native Impartial On-line Information), stated their sources hyperlink three pillars of sustainability: operational resilience, monetary well being, and journalistic affect. About two-thirds of LION’s 400 members are for-profit.

LION receives help from the Google Information Initiative to supply its members funding and sustainability audits, with suggestions. LION’s aim is to finish 100 audits by the top of 2022. In 2021, 55 audits have been accomplished.

RevLab Director Emily Dresslar stated she underestimated the variety of calls she would obtain from startups, legacy media shops, or from folks simply serious about media. The Fb Journalism Mission offered $2.5 million of preliminary funding for RevLab.

Texas Tribune has been a mannequin of greatest practices for information entrepreneurs for years, and RevLab formalizes the coaching and help its personnel have been providing.

Newspack is a publishing platform that helps small and medium-sized information organizations produce journalism, construct viewers, management prices, and generate income. It’s an open-source publishing mission of and the Google Information Initiative.

Fernando Diaz, head of writer options for Newspack, stated the platform hosts over 150 publications globally. Its service prices $750 a month for the smallest organizations, based mostly on month-to-month income. The costliest tier is $2,500 a month, “which is approach lower than a full time worker,” Diaz stated.

RevLab is partnering with LION Publishers and Information Income Hub to host the Impartial Information Sustainability Summit in Austin from Oct. 27 to 29, with help from the John S. and James L. Knight Basis.

Latin American Dialog (Coloquio)

Teresa Mioli offered an summary of the Ibero-American Colloquium on Digital Journalism (versión en español), which for 15 years has been a a Sunday function of ISOJ. It’s performed in Spanish and focuses on media of Latin America and the Spanish-speaking world. (Right here is the video of the four-hour program, in Spanish.)

A diversified lineup of panels and audio system took the stage. Under are hyperlinks to stories in English of these classes (they’re additionally obtainable in Spanish):

Listed here are some excerpts:

Accelerating progress with Velocidad

Vanina Berghella, director of Fondo Velocidad (velocity fund), stated this system offered individualized teaching and evaluation for 10 media shops in administration and finance, sustainability, audiences, and product imaginative and prescient and tradition.

Picture from ISOJ.

Velocity is run by SembraMedia and the Worldwide Heart for Journalists (ICFJ), with monetary help from Luminate. This system was funded with $1 million.

The taking part media have been Convoca, from Peru; Lado B, from Mexico; Cerosetenta, from Colombia; El Toque, from Cuba; El Surti, from Paraguay; +CIPER, from Chile; Ponte Jornalismo, from Brazil; El Pitazo, from Venezuela; and Pink/acción and Posta from Argentina.

Diego Dell’Agostino, co-founder of Posta, stated that, due to Velocidad, Posta expanded and diversified its employees. “We went from being a start-up to being an organization that grew 200% the primary 12 months and 400% the second 12 months.”

Reality-checkers collaborate globally

The panel on fact-checking included Liliana Elósegui, editor-in-chief of Verificado (Mexico); Cristina Tardáguila, Senior Program Director of the Worldwide Heart for Journalists (ICFJ); and Clara Jiménez, co-founder and CEO of (Spain).

Moderator was Laura Zommer, government director of Chequeado (Argentina). “In our case (collaboration) is what we do day-after-day, on a regular basis. We have an effect, however we have now way more affect as a result of we work collaboratively and we don’t repeat ourselves,” she stated.

In 2014, Chequeado organized the collaborative fact-checking community LATAMChequea, which now has 32 organizations from 15 nations. In response to misinformation concerning the corona virus, LATAMChequea led the Spanish language a part of the #CoronaVirusFacts Alliance, coordinated by the Worldwide Reality-Checking Community (IFCN) of the Poynter Institute.

The #CoronaVirusFacts Alliance has generated greater than 16 thousand verifications in 43 languages, on data from greater than 70 nations. Three chatbots have been additionally developed for WhatsApp (one in English, one in Spanish, and one in Portuguese).

The expertise gained in verifying the pandemic was utilized to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine by the #UkraineFacts mission, developed by The Spanish fact-checker created a collaborative database with colleagues from different nations to create digital merchandise in several languages and assist disprove pretend information concerning the battle.

In Spain, digital subscriptions take off

Borja Echeverría, managing editor of Spanish newspaper El País and keynote speaker, described the success of El País’s digital subscription, which was launched originally of the pandemic in 2020. He predicted the newspaper will quickly attain 200,000 digital subscribers. 

The important thing to success with digital subscriptions, he stated, is tightly integrating the editorial mannequin, the enterprise mannequin, and the expertise mannequin with the advertising mannequin.

Echevarría stated that the newspaper simply launched its first day by day podcast with a crew of 10 folks. The the podcast surpassed 1 million listens in its first month.

Nicaraguan media navigate suppression

Media suppression in Nicaragua worsened in 2018 when information organizations reported on citizen demonstrations towards President Daniel Ortega’s administration. Since then, authorities authorities have steadily subjected journalists to beatings, harassment, prosecution, and imprisonment.

Dagmar Thiel, CEO of the NGO Fundamedios, chaired a panel that included journalists Lucías Piñeda, director of 100% Noticias, Octavio Enríquez, an investigative journalist for Confidencial, Hans Lawrence Ramírez, journalist for La Prensa, and Jennifer Ortiz, co-founder together with her husband of Nicaragua Investiga. Ortiz and her household have left the nation to flee harassment.

In the meantime, Enríquez’s headquarters have been raided twice. “I don’t need you to see us as defeated as a result of we’re not. We proceed doing journalism and we’re going to proceed.”

James Breiner

This text was initially printed on Entrepreneurial Journalism, and is republished with permission.
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