IAPA and Google Announce at SIPConnect 40 Media Outlets to Begin Digital Development Program

Includes media from Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panamá.

Miami (July 20, 2023) - A selection of 40 news media from seven countries was announced today by the Inter American Press Association (IAPA) and Google News Initiative (GNI) to begin the Enhanced Fundamentals Lab program aimed at revitalizing the digital performance of the press in Latin America.

The announcement was made by Rodrigo Bonilla of Google and Ricardo Trotti, IAPA executive director, during the second day of presentations at the hemispheric conference on digital media and services, SIPConnect.

In its first stage, the Enhanced Fundamentals Lab includes media from Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Panamá. After six months of training and mentoring, participants can apply for a special GNI fund for a transformation project for up to US$20,000.

A second stage, aimed at South American media, will begin its six-month work in early 2024. Training and consulting will be provided by the company Marktube with the support of Google specialists.

The selected media are Costa Rica: El Mundo CR, La Nación, and La República. Dominican Republic: Diario Libre, El Nuevo Diario, Listín Diario and N Digital. El Salvador: Alharaca, Diario El Mundo, El Diario de Hoy, El Faro, Focos TV, Infodemia, La Prensa Gráfica, El Cénit, Revista Factum and Voz Pública. Guatemala: Centroamerica360, Crónica, No Ficción, Ojoconmipisto, Prensa Comunitaria and República. Honduras: Criterio, Diario Deportivo Diez, La Prensa, El Heraldo, Enter 504 Periódico Digital and Estrategia & Negocios. Nicaragua: La Prensa, Confidencial, 100% Noticias, Artículo 66, Divergentes, Onda Local and Revista Intertextual. Panamá: Corporación La Prensa, Foco Panamá, La Estrella de Panamá and Telemetro.

IAPA is a non-profit organization dedicated to defending and promoting freedom of the press and expression in the Americas. It comprises more than 1,300 publications from the western hemisphere; and is based in Miami, Florida, United States.