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Infodemic

Misinformation and young people in Costa Rica: a deeply personal problem

About a year ago, a fake Facebook profile called “Tierrosas de Matina” began to publish photos of girls who live in Matina—a canton in...

Of presidents and kings

“Mr. President, I know that you don’t want to talk about this… but what happened?” Live television. International viewers. Glenda Umaña of Costa Rica and...

Fake news and Costa Rica’s next generation

Part four in our four-part series on misinformation in Costa Rica. “I took civic education, and it was a joke,” says journalist Ernesto Núñez. “They’d...

From the hand of a brother: local media and emergency response

When people find themselves in a situation where they need help, they want to feel understood. That’s why they tend to turn to others...

A dog’s life, and a worthy one

Gabriel García Márquez put it this way: "Although you suffer like a dog, there’s no better work than journalism."  One, two, three, four waves of...

Costa Rica’s local media and the struggle to survive

Third in a four-part series on Costa Rica’s fight against fake news. Several months into the COVID-19 pandemic, Helen Naranjo noticed that something funny was...

Towards political literacy in Costa Rica: the story of ‘Animales Políticos’

Concern about increasing misinformation in Costa Rica led us to dedicate our September issue, “Infodemia”, to that topic. In the latest installment in our...

A mentor in the newsroom

Isn’t it lonely work, starting a media organization, striking out on an untested path? Not if you carry a mentor with you. Helen carries Laura. That’s...

Why regional media are the front lines in Costa Rica’s fake news battle

Second in a four-part series on Costa Rica's fight against fake news. With an infodemic raging in Costa Rica as it is around the world—that...

Misinformation in Central America: a perfect storm

Costa Rica shares its independence and bicentennial date (September 15th, 2021) with the other countries of Central America. Something else these neighbors have in...
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