Map title: Novissima et Accuratissima Totius Americae Descriptio (Newest and Most Accurate Description of the Americas). Source: Wikimedia Commons.

Rockin’ the news in Latam

How native digital organizations are changing the journalistic landscape in Latin America.

This presentation by Patricio Contreras is an edited and updated version of a lecture given at the Ad and PR Lab at Panteion University, Athens, Greece, on Thursday, April 6, 2017. This class was carried out thanks to the support of the European Union through its Erasmus+ mobility program.

The following is a summary of the main topics of the lecture:

  • Three trends in Latin American media industry. Property of news organizations is highly concentrated; Spain has a strong presence in the region; and larger regional media groups, like Globo (Brazil) and Televisa (México) are expanding their operations.
  • Three innovative digital news organizations. Animal Político (México), launched in 2009 as a Twitter account; Ojo-Público (Perú), one of the best digital investigative teams in the region; and Chequeado (Argentina), a pioneering fact-cheking initiative. These three organizations have teamed to create collaborative stories like Memoria Robada (Stolen Memory).
  • One case study. Las Raras Podcast, a Chilean audio storytelling project in search of a business model. A video profile is included in the slides.
  • One organization. Sembra Media, a nonprofit organization dedicated to find and connect Latin American media entrepreneurs.