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Dutch Caribbean awaits!

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MIDYEAR MEETING MARCH 19-22 Those attending the IAPA General Assembly in Buenos Aires heard the cordial invitation that Margaret Wever of The News, Oranjestad, issued on behalf of the Host Committee for the Midyear Meeting in Aruba, in which she announced a program rich in Caribbean flavor. Prime Minister Michiel G. Eman will formally open

the event, the venue of which will be the Westin Aruba Resort Hotel.

This paradise island belongs to the Lesser Antilles, just 16 miles from Venezuela. Although it is autonomous since 1986 it is part of the kingdom of The Netherlands, whose monarch appoints the Governor, who represents him De Olde Molem, historic or her as head of state. Aruba site in Oranjestad has a magnificent climate year-round. (See page 11)


Alejandro Aguirre is IAPA’s new president

ALSO IN THIS ISSUE 1. With the IAPA in Buenos Aires 2. Seminars inGuatemala, Nicaragua 3. New IAPA officers elected

Prince Felipe and Princess Letizia (right) and the president of Grupo Zeta, Antonio Asensio Mosbar (left) pictured with Santos after the award presentation.

Former IAPA President Enrique Santos Calderón, of the Bogota, Colombia, newspaper El Tiempo, received in Madrid the statuette of the Antonio Asensio Journalism Award in a ceremony on November 23rd, in which the Prince of Asturias, Felipe de Borbón, urged the IAPA to “continue ahead” with its work on behalf of press freedom, as “freedom drives democracy throughout the world.” Similar remarks had been made by King Juan Carlos I of Spain during the opening ceremony in October 2008 of the IAPA’s 64th General Assembly in Madrid, in defense of respect for freedom of information and of expression as a “an inescapable condition” in democratic nations. (See more on Page 2)

At its 65th General Assembly, held November 6 to 10 in Buenos Aires, Argentina, the Inter American Press Association (IAPA) chose its new slate of officers. Alejandro J. Aguirre, Deputy Editor and Publisher of the Miami, Florida, newspaper Diario Las Americas, was elected president of the hemisphere’s free-press organization for 2009-2010. Accompanying Aguirre will be Scott C. Schurz, of the HeraldTimes, Bloomington, Indiana, Honorary Life President; 1st Vice President Gonzalo Marroquín, Prensa Libre, Guatemala, Guatemala; 2nd Vice President Milton Coleman, The Washington Post, Washington, DC. (Complete list of IAPA Officials Elected on page 5)


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Mark Fitzgerald* Editor & Publisher BUENOS AIRES – When it comes to intellectual firepower in the presidency, the United States can be proud of it current occupant, a Harvard Law graduate who taught constitutional law at the University of Chicago and needs no ghostwriter for books that were best sellers before he reached the Oval Office. But several U.S. delegates were mightily impressed by the discourses by former Latin American presidents during the annual Inter American Press Association (IAPA) General Assembly this week in Buenos Aires, Argentina. In a luncheon talk, for instance, former Uruguay President Jose Maria Sanguinetti opened with a discussion of Thomas of Aquinas’s ideas of enlightenment contrasted with Immanuel Kant’s. Within moments, he had mentioned Mexican party politics, the colonial Spanish king Frederic, Juan Peron, British imperialism, and the ins and outs of his own Uruguayan party. He ended with a quotation from Aristophanes, apologizing that it might not be exact. Fitzgerald

And at a discussion by two former presidents, Cesar Gaviria of Colombia appeared to be peerless with a cogent discussion of the interplay of opinion and impartiality in the age of the Internet. “The idea of impartial information as news -- I think it’s disappearing,” he said. And that’s a good thing, he added: “Quite the contrary, I think the information that is needed now will include an opinion. I don’t think freedom of the press, freedom of expression is limited only to those who give updated news.” But then former Bolivian President Carlos D. Mesa Gilbert talked with equal sophistication about the danger to freedom of expression embedded in seemingly innocuous laws being proposed and enacted by Latin America’s new populist governments. And he warned that the foundations of freedom are imperiled by even the controversy over the legislation: “The value of a republic and of democracy are suddenly up for debate.”

And asked why his successor, the populist indigenous leader Evo Morales, had done something or other, Mesa answered with a reply you could not imagine coming from any recent U.S. president: “If you are looking for a logical, for a Cartesian reason -- it’s not there.” Rene Descartes is an underquoted source in White House press conferences. Oh, and none of these former presidents had to worry about the Tele-Prompter breaking down. There was none. They didn’t even use notes. n • Mark Fitzgerald is member of the IAPA Board of Directors and Vice Chairman for the United States of its Freedom of the Press and Information Committee.

IAPA WINS GRUPO ZETA AWARD IAPA President Alejandro Aguirre, managing editor of the Miami, Florida, Spanish-language newspaper Diario Las Américas, said, “As an organization we are proud that the work carried out in defense of the public’s right to press freedom and free speech are noted, a task that has proved successful thanks to the support and commitment of the members of our organization in each country of the Americas, and most especially to the support of foundations, such as the John S. and James L. Knight and Robert McCormick Foundations, identified with our mission.” At the ceremony, which paid homage to more than 350 journalists murdered in the Americas in the last 20 years, among those present were Prince Felipe and Princess of Asturias Letizia Ortiz and representatives of Spanish political organizations, news media and civil society. The Antonio Asensio Journalism Award recognizes outstanding persons and institutions in the communication area for their work in the press or their commitment to the defense of freedom of expression. It was awarded to the IAPA for its “unswerving and constant battle in favor of freedom of information and of expression and in defense of the dignity of journalists.” n

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CALL ANNOUNCED FOR 2010 IAPA SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS The Scholarship Fund of Inter American Press Association (IAPA) announced the deadline for submission of applications for a oneyear study in Latin America, the Caribbean or North America. The $20,000 scholarship is for tuition for one academic year to enable those from Latin America or the Caribbean to study in recognized journalism schools in the United States or Canada, while those from North America can choose among Latin American or Caribbean universities. Applicants should be working journalists or senior year journalism students aged 21 to 35 with a working knowledge of the language of the country in which they would be studying. The deadline for submission of entries in December 31, 2009. Scholarship recipients will be chosen during the IAPA’s Midyear Meeting to be held in Aruba, in March 2010. “We invite journalism students and young working journalists to submit their application and take advantage of this opportunity to expand their knowledge,” said IAPA Scholarship Fund President Jayme Sirotsky, of the RBS, Porto Alegre, Brazil. Since the Scholarship Fund was established in 1954 the program has benefited more than 400 journalists from throughout the Americas. For details of requirements and to fill out the application forms go to our Web site: or write to: Ms. Zulay Chirinos IAPA Scholarship Fund Director 1801 SW 3rd Avenue, Suite 800 Miami, Florida 33129 U.S.A. E-mail:

Seminar in Nicaragua At left, journalist and scientist Sergio Prenafeta Jenkin, former dean of the University of Chile’s Journalism School, addresses participants in the seminar “Reporters Under Risk: What Are the Media to Do When Faced With Nature Out of Control?” held November 23-24 at the Hilton Princess Hotel in Managua, Nicaragua. At his side, the editor of the Managua newspaper La Prensa, Jaime Chamorro Cardenal.

In Brief Death.- The death occurred in Aruba of Mrs. Sonia WeverSchouten, daughter of late IAPA member Sir Jerry Schouten and mother of Margaret Wever, who will be the host of the upcoming Midyear Meeting in Oranjestad, the Aruban capital. Funeral services for Mrs. Wever-Schouten were held on December 8. Appointment.- The Board of Directors of the International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF) named as its executive director journalist Liza Gross, former managing editor of The Miami Herald. She joined the organization in 2004 and had served from April this year as interim executive director. Cutbacks.- The Washington Times announced a 40% reduction in its 370 staff. Publisher Jonathan Slevin said the cuts were due to a strategy to improve the reach of the paper’s multimedia projects with the incorporation of online and broadcast platforms. He added that he will also modify the distribution model by providing free copies in certain areas and raising the subscription price. Apertura.- Opening Up.- Online publications and blogs will now be able to take part in the prestigious Pulitizer Prize contest, it was announced in early December. For more information go to http://

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Mexican congressman blasts lack of action by his government to protect journalists HE WAS SPEAKING AT IAPA SEMINAR AT MEXICO’S AUTONOMOUS NATIONAL UNIVERSITY Mexican federal congressman Manuel Clouthier criticized this country’s national authorities for their lack of commitment to solve cases of attacks on freedom of expression during a seminar titled “ArmorPlating the Press Against Violence” given by the Inter American Press Association and the Autonomous National University of Mexico (UNAM). At the closing session of the event, held at the Political Sciences School on the UNAM campus in Mexico City, Clouthier complained of inaction by his country’s federal government to Clouthier protect the work of journalists and news media, particularly in inland areas, declaring that “we need to turn this serous problem into a problem of theirs.”

IAPA officers in Mexico: Mohme, Pederson y Rock.

“The government only acts under pressure,” he explained. He also noted that “politicians and officials have an aversion to the press, so we cannot make them part of the problem.” Clouthier, who recently took office as a representative of the National Action Party, had until now been editor of the Culiacán newspaper Noroeste, having given strong support to the IAPA’s campaign in Mexico to combat violence against media outlets and journalists and the impunity surrounding such actions. He also detailed numerous problems of safety, blaming the media and journalists themselves. He

stressed that the main rule for news men and women is to “be responsible in your work – that is the first piece of armor,” saying that professionalism and quality reporting are prime objectives to ward off violence. He went on to advise on the need for there to be good communication between reporters and their supervisors, while adding that “you can say anything,” rejecting self-censorship, “but you should be careful to do, it right and see the commitment that the media outlet, the editor and the publisher make to ensure the journalist’s safety.” The content of this seminar organized by the IAPA’s Press Institute and Impunity Committee in conjunction with UNAM will be part of a 120-hour degree course to be given online beginning next May. Among the many guest speakers from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Mexico, Peru, Puerto Rico and the United States was Press Institute President Gustavo Mohme, former IAPA President Tony Pederson, Committee on Freedom of the Press and Information ViceChairman Roberto Rock, Press Institute and Press Freedom Director Ricardo Trotti and reporters Idalia Gómez in México and Clarinha Glock in Brazil, of the IAPA’s Rapid Response Unit (RRU). Also taking part as instructors in the seminar were former Rapporteur for Human Rights of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights Eduardo Bertoni; journalists Alvaro Sierra of El Tiempo, Bogota; Jorge Luis Sierra, editor of the online newspaper McAllen Times, Texas; Reuters TV producer Manuel Carrillo; El Nuevo Día, San Juan, Puerto Rico, editor Ruth Merino; La Nación, San José, Costa Rica, deputy news editor Giannina Segnini; Chilean author Juan Pablo Meneses, and Lise Olsen of The Houston Chronicle. n

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Officers elected during the 65th General Assembly Treasurer: Elizabeth Ballantine, The Durango Herald, Durango, Colorado; Secretary Jaime Mantilla, Hoy, Quito, Ecuador and Julio E. Muñoz, Executive Director. The Executive Committee, has as its Chairman Juan Luís Correa, La Estrella, El Siglo, Panama, República de Panama and as Vice Chairman Enrique Santos Calderón, El Tiempo, Bogotá, Colombia. Aldo Zucolillo, ABC Color, Asunción, Paraguay, is Honorary Member. Members of the Executive Committee are Fabricio Altamirano, El Diario de Hoy, San Salvador, El Salvador; Sidnei Basile, Grupo Abril, São Paulo, Brazil; Bruce B. Brugmann, San Francisco Bay Guardian, San Francisco, California; Jorge Canahuati Larach, La Prensa, San Pedro Sula, Honduras; Juan Francisco Ealy Ortiz, El Universal, Mexico D.F., Mexico; Felipe T. Edwards, La Segunda, Santiago, Chile, Gerardo García Gamboa, Novedades de Merida, Merida, Yucatan, Mexico; Vivian-Anne Gittens, Nation News, Fontabelle, Barbados; Armando González, La Nacion, San Jose, Costa Rica; Anders Gyllenhaal, The Miami Herald, Miami, Florida; José Santiago Healy, Diario San Diego, Chula Vista, California; Gonzalo Marroquín, Prensa Libre, Guatemala, Guatemala; Francisco Miró Quesada, El Comercio, Lima, Peru; Bartolomé Mitre, La Nacion, Buenos Aires, Argentina; Gustavo Mohme S, La Republica, Lima, Peru; Robert Rivard, San AntonioExpress News, San Antonio, Texas; Edward Seaton, Seaton Newspapers, Manhattan, Kansas and Jayme Sirotsky, RBS, Porto Alegre, Brazil. The IAPA Scholarship Fund, responsible for selecting recipients of international study scholarships, is chaired by Jayme Sirotsky, RBS, Porto Alegre, Brazil, and has as Vice Chairmen Carlos Salinas, El Diario de Coahuila, Saltillo, Mexico, Jorge Andrés Saieh, La Tercera, Santiago, Chile y Alfredo Jiménez de Sandi, Zacatecas en Imagen, Mexico. Other officers of the Scholarship Fund are the Treasurer Silvia Miró Quesada, El Comercio, Lima, Peru; Secretary Nélida Rajneri, Río Negro, General Roca, Argentina and the IAPA Executive Director, Julio E. Muñoz. The organization’s entity responsible for professional training and advancement of journalists, the IAPA Press Institute, is headed by Chairman Vivian-Anne Gittens, Nation News, Fontabelle, Barbados; President Gustavo Mohme S, La Republica, Lima, Peru; Vice Presidents Bruce B. Brugmann, San Francisco Bay Guardian, San Francisco, California; Francisco N. Fascetto, Diario Popular, Buenos Aires, Argentina; Treasurer, Cristina Aby-Azar, Wall Street Journal Americas, New York, NY; Secretary, Manny García, El Nuevo Herald, Miami, Florida. Members of the Press Institute’s Advisory Council include: Luis Manuel Agois, Diario OJO, Lima, Peru; Eduardo Alemán, El Carabobeño, Valencia, Venezuela; Rosental C. Alves, University of Texas, Austin, Texas; James Bettinger, Stanford University, Stanford,

California; Maria Elvira Domínguez, El Pais, Cali, Colombia; José Roberto Dutriz, La Prensa Grafica, San Salvador, El Salvador; Charles Eisendrath, Knight Fellowship, Ann Arbor, Michigan; Luís Alberto Ferré, El Nuevo Dia, San Juan, Puerto Rico; Gerardo García Gamboa, Novedades de Merida, Merida, Mexico; Saturnino Herrero Mitjans, Clarin, Buenos Aires, Argentina; Raúl Kraiselburd, El Dia, La Plata, Argentina; Gonzalo Leaño Reyes, Ocho Columnas, Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico; Stuart Loory, Missouri School of Journalism, Columbia, Missouri; Guadalupe Mantilla, El Comercio, Quito, Ecuador; Claudio Paolillo, Busqueda, Montevideo, Uruguay; Guillermo Scheck, El Pais, Montevideo, Uruguay; Carlos Schaerer Jiménez, El Mercurio, Santiago, Chile and Aldo Zuccolillo M., ABC Color, Asunción, Paraguay, in addition to Executive Director Julio E. Muñoz and Press Institute Director Ricardo Trotti. The Press Freedom and Information Committee Chairman is Robert Rivard, San Antonio ExpressNews, San Antonio, Texas and the Vice Chairmen are Armando González, La Nacion, San Jose, Costa Rica; Miguel H. Otero, El Nacional, Caracas, Venezuela and Roberto Rock, El Universal, Mexico DF, Mexico. The Regional Vice Chairmen are: Francisco Montes, Diario de Cuyo, San Juan (Argentina); Margaret Wever, Aruba Daily, Oranjestad (Aruba); Pedro Rivero Jordán, El Deber, Santa Cruz de la Sierra (Bolivia); Sidnei Basile, Grupo Abril, São Paulo (Brazil); Maria Judith de Brito, Folha de São Paulo (Brazil); Scott Anderson, Canwest Publishing, Inc. Ottawa, Ontario (Canada); Vivian-Anne Gittens, Nation News, Fontabelle (Barbados); Jorge Andrés Saieh, La Tercera, Santiago (Chile); María Elvira Domíngez, El Pais, Cali (Colombia); Abby Daniell, The Tico Times, San Jose (Costa Rica); Raúl Rivero, Cuba Press, Madrid, España (Cuba); Manny García, El Nuevo Herald, Miami, Florida (Cuba); Manuel Quiróz, El Caribe, Santo Domingo (Dominican Republic); César Pérez Barriga, El Universo, Guayaquil (Ecuador); José Roberto Dutriz, La Prensa Grafica, San Salvador (El Salvador); Luis Marroquín, Siglo Veintiuno, Ciudad de Guatemala (Guatemala); Max Chauvet, Le Nouvelliste, Puerto Principe (Haiti); Edgardo Dumas, La Tribuna, Tegucigalpa, (Honduras); Juan Fernando Healy, El Imparcial, Hermosillo (Mexico); Jaime Chamorro, La Prensa, Managua (Nicaragua); Guido Rodríguez, Panama América, Ciudad de Panama (Panama); Natalia Zuccolillo Zaldívar, ABC Color, Asuncion (Paraguay); Luis E. Agois Banchero, Diario Ojo, Lima (Peru); Héctor Peña, El Nuevo Dia, San Juan (Puerto Rico); Louis M. “Skip” Pérez, The Ledger, Lakeland, California (Estados Unidos); Claudio Paolillo, Busqueda, Montevideo (Uruguay) and David Natera, Correo del Caroni (Venezuela). n

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UNIVERSAL ACCESS TO BROADBAND IS PROPOSED KNIGHT FOUNDATION PRESENTS RESULTS OF COMMISSION INVESTIGATION INTO NEWSPAPER CRISIS The Knight Commission on the Information Needs of Communities in a Democracy recently published a 118-page report on the impact seen in major U.S. cities where some newspapers have declared bankruptcy. The commission, which included experts in various disciplines, from a lawyer specializing in the First Amendment to the United States Constitution to a computer program engineer, explored the significance of these upheavals in their respective Eric Newton cities, in society in general and from the viewpoint of news consumers. Following are some of the key aspects of the research, described by the vice president of the journalism program at the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Eric Newton, in an article published in The Miami Herald on December 6: >Information is as vital to our communities as good schools, safe streets or clean air. >The current financial challenges facing private news media could pose a crisis for democracy. >Journalism does not need saving so much as it needs creating. That makes sense to us here at the Knight Foundation. The Internet has thrown our longtime news delivery systems – tree to paper to press to truck to your driveway – into a state of economic chaos. “But rather than try to turn back the clock, we’re trying to help create what’s coming next,” Newton said in referring to dozens of innovative projects for the presentation of news and the production of news products that the Knight Foundation has sponsored in American communities. Specifically, the Knight Commission offered 15 ideas, from championing news literacy in the public schools to making public libraries centers for digital training and access, including the creation of public broadcasting that is more local and more interactive. “But my favorite is this one: America needs

universal, affordable broadband access. Everyone, no matter their age, race, income or neighborhood, should be able to go online to get whatever they want – video, audio, photos and text – from anywhere in the world as fast as anyone else can.” The Knight Foundation executive noted that in the digital age countries without high-speed broadband will become second-class nations filled with second-class citizens. He said that currently nearly two dozen other nations rank ahead of the United States in highspeed broadband. “Digital cities will be the best markets for local news products, the most interesting laboratories for new ideas, the perfect places to chase the American Dream,” Newton declared. In addition, Newton welcomed a greater involvement by universities in helping to fill the information gap in their communities arising from the newspapers’ financial difficulties. In Florida, several universities have set up their own centers of information to serve their communities. “Communities need information and knowledge. For the universities, which for centuries have collected knowledge and information, it makes perfect sense to try to find new ways of sharing it,” Newton declared. n

E&P to cease publication Editor & Publisher, the bible of the newspaper industry and a journalism institution announced on December 10 that traces its origins back to 1884, is ceasing publication. An announcement, made by parent company The Nielsen Co., was made as staffers were informed that E&P, in both print and online, was shutting down. The IAPA’s Bylaws were adopted during a 1950 meeting at the E&P main office in Manhattan, New York and the longtime Publisher of the magazine Mr. Robert U. Brown was President of the IAPA from 1973 to 1974.n

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UNESCO supports seminars


The IAPA Press Institute, the Healy Foundation with the support of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) are holding a series of five seminars under the title “Training in News Coverage of Crimes Against the Environment for Journalists in Mexico and Central America.” The first two seminars were held in January in San Salvador, El Salvador, and Managua, Nicaragua. The third will be in mid-February in San José, Costa Rica, the fourth in Hermosillo, Mexico, later that month, and the last in the series is scheduled for the first week of March in Guatemala City, Guatemala.n

A seminar was held in Guatemala City with great success on News Coverage of Crimes Against the Environment, in which environmentalists, journalists and academics shared experiences and views on climate change and unpunished degradation of the environment, a new concept coined at the workshop.

Newspapers for the environment At the initiative of the British newspaper The Guardian 56 papers in 45 countries published an editorial in which they urged the 192 nations taking part in the United Nations Conference on Climate Change in Copenhagen, Denmark, to avoid conflicts between poor and rich countries, lack of vision and pessimism. “If we, with such different national and political points of view, can come to agreement on what is to be done, certainly our leaders are also capable of doing so,” declared the jointly-drafted editorial. Newspapers in the Americas that published it are: Clarín (Argentina); Zero Hora and Diário Catarinense (Brazil); Toronto Star (Canada); Jamaica Observer (Jamaica); El Universal (Mexico); La Brújula Semanal (Nicaragua), and The Miami Herald and El Nuevo Herald (United States).Nuevo Herald (Estados Unidos). n

More than 30 journalists from El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala took part in the November 24 event. Their costs were funded by the Healy Foundation of Mexico through UNESCO and by the IAPA Impunity Committee’s risks program. The course focused on raising greater awareness of the protection that reporters must have in covering environmental issues, ever more dangerous and threatening due to all the economic problems and corruption involved. An outstanding aspect of the event were the remarks of Guatemala’s Environment Minister and representatives of Interpol, Greenpeace and other ecological entities in Guatemala, Ecuador, Costa Rica and Mexico, as well as presentations by investigative reporters covering the environment in Mexico. n

SALINAS GROUP OPENS ESSAY CONTEST With the aim of encouraging discussion of the issue of freedom the Salinas Group of Mexico has called for entries in its Fifth Essay Contest titled “Paths to Freedom,” in which writers from any part of the world may participate. Freedom should be the theme of the essay, which should be between 5,250 and 14,000 words long. Those winning an award will be the ones that best analyze it, contrast it to other “rights” that come into conflict with it or promote and disseminate it. Also taken into account will be those essays that offer proposals for increasing the options of freedom in contemporary societies or that give examples of success and failure in the application of this right. The entries may also be sent in by e-mail to the following address: The winning essays will be published in a book by Fomento Cultural Grupo Salinas. To be awarded will be four cash prizes in a first category open to all – first prize, $15,000; second, $10,000; third, $5,000 – and a second one for students at any educational institution who decided to enter this category: sole prize, $5,000. The deadline for entries is February 28, 2010. Entries sent by mail or other means should have the date of dispatch registered. For details and entry form go to: www. aspx n

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Aruba Host Committee presents special program for Midyear Meting CLOSE LOOK BESIDE CARIBBEAN’S MOST BEAUTIFUL BEACHES AT THE FUTURE OF NEWSPAPERS An invitation has been extended to His Highness the WillemAlexander Prince of Orange and his consort, Princess Máxima, son and daughter-in-law of the Queen of Holland. The Host Committee has already lined up an attractive list of activities, both for spouses and companions and for delegates, among them early-morning ones. A quick glance at the schedule shows some on Palm Beach, such as Yoga and Tai Chai sessions, and a visit to The Village shopping center featuring boutiques offering world-famous-name merchandise. The program continues the following day with an art workshop conducted by teachers from the MANA Foundation and a visit to the History and Archeology Museum in Oranjestad, while on the final day there will be a tour of the island and a salsa dance session with Janice and Oslin, World Salsa Tournament champions, as well as a reception and dinner hosted by the Aruba Tourism Authority and prior to that a closing luncheon. The deadline for reservations is February 12. As is customary, local delegates – who this time include all those coming from the Lesser Antilles – attending for the first time will have a special registration fee that includes a one-year membership of the IAPA for those not already members. Seminars As customary, the IAPA Press Institute will offer a series of seminars on the following topics: >“E-commerce and Its Relationship with the News Media of Latin America.” Unlike

countries such as Spain, in Latin America little headway has been made in this area. Conclusions of a study regarding e-commerce and Spanish- and Portugueselanguage media will be shared. >“The Online Journalism Platform.” A new paid-for digital content platform that has already received proposed affiliation by more than 1,000 news Web sites in the United States and other countries. >“New Multimedia formats in Latin America.” Text, sound, video, images, animation and interaction make up a unique combination in the new multimedia formats that are emerging in our region. You will learn about the latest trends in this. >“Various Experiences in Latin American Newspaper Integration.” In this seminar you will be able to benefit from the valuable lessons of major newspapers in Latin America that have already concluded the process of integration and are moving forward in new directions.

>“How to Take Advantage of Social Networks To Do Relevant Journalism.” Increasingly newspapers and journalists are taking advantage of social networks to generate and/or disseminate stories, know their audiences and position their brand. >“Successful Cases of Free Newspapers.” The role of free newspapers and their competition in diversified markets. Cases will be presented of successful free papers in Spain and Latin America that offer innovative advances. n

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