Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Reporters on the Job

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Reporters on the Job

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* Brazil's Version of Facebook: Correspondent Andrew Downie used to have a spot on Brazil's most popular relationship site, Orkut. But he decided to delete his profile.

"I found my work productivity fell because I spent endless hours spying on ex-girlfriends, searching for old pals, and checking out communities like 'Volunteer Work' and 'Rio Nightlife.' "

But Andrew confesses that he's recently rejoined the Orkut community - for work purposes only. "I went back to do research on a Brazilian election story. But I made the decision not to add anyone to my friends' lists and have stuck to that. I use Orkut as a journalism tool. And it is useful for that. Orkut really does give you a way to take the pulse of the nation's youths."

* Red Tape Index: Georgia topped the 2006 Top 10 list of nations making the most strides in simplifying starting and running a business. It was followed by Romania, Mexico, China, Peru, France, Croatia, Guatemala, Ghana, and Tanzania.

As reported in the Jan. …

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