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by Phillip Smith

At the end of nine exhausting yet exhilarating days spent in three Venezuelan cities, I watched 30 journalists present the start of at least eight different data journalism projects seeking to answer important questions about the country’s challenges. Given what I saw in those presentations, it is going to be an exciting time for data [...] more »

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Mongolia’s Media Laws Threaten Press Freedom

Lisa Gardner, Apr 1, 2014

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