"Do people get news in their preferred language or from their preferred source?"Lindsay Green-Barber asked Friday for Reveal, a site of the Center for Investigative Reporting.
"This chicken-or-egg question (to which there likely isn't one correct answer) came up many times during The Center for Investigative Reporting and Open Society Foundations' daylong event, Investiguemos: Opportunities and challenges in bilingual and Spanish journalism.
"While the conversation was far-reaching, there were three main themes that emerged from the day. First, Spanish-language journalism education is necessary in order to address the lack of highly qualified native Spanish-speaking and bilingual reporters serving Spanish-speaking and bilingual communities in the U.S., as well as for including a diverse pool of potential journalists in environments in which they can contribute to journalistic innovation.
"Second, native Spanish speakers and bilingual English-Spanish speakers in the U.S. are diverse groups, and these communities access and use news platforms and technologies differently.
"And finally, the potential for impact is great, especially for investigative stories coming from Spanish and bilingual communities in the U.S. that can be broadcast and shared with English-speaking audiences. . . ."
"The Vladimir Herzog Award is considered one of the highest recognitions of human rights in Brazilian journalism,"Rodrigo Borges Delfim wrote Friday for GlobalVoices.org. "Carried out with support from the UN, its name is in reference to the journalist who was killed by the Brazilian dictatorship in 1975. But this year, one of the selections generated controversy and raised questions about the social responsibility of journalistic activities.
"The work awarded in the photography category was an image captured by photographer Ronny Santos of a Haitian man taking an improvised bath on the premises of Missão Paz (Peace Mission), an organization of the Catholic church in São Paulo, in May 2015. Published in the newspapers Agora and Folha de S. Paulo, two of the largest in Brazil, the photograph stirred up indignation from immigrants and organizations involved in migratory issues.
"Soon after the photograph was published, the Missão Paz, led by the Italian priest Paolo Parise, released a letter condemning what he considered 'sensationalist journalism':
"'Some reports take advantage of the situation to invade the privacy of others, exposing migrants without their permission in a manner in which the images of these people end up becoming a product to be commercialized in a completely inhumane way. The objective of the media in the middle of these crises is to pressure the state to take a stand, not to embarrass those who need help the most.'
"The photo was taken in a specific context: at the time, migrants from diverse nationalities — Haitians, for the most part — were streaming into Brazil through the state of Acre, on the border with Peru and Bolivia. Lacking adequate infrastructure and with little assistance from the federal government, the Acre government sent the migrants on buses to other states, among them São Paulo.
"Civil society groups that aid migrant populations in São Paulo struggled to meet the demand. The Missão Paz even needed to shelter migrants on mattresses in an auditorium due to lack of space. . . ."
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