Knight International Journalism Fellow Javier Garza is developing courses and workshops on digital security for journalists and bloggers in Mexico and elsewhere in Latin America. As a Mexican journalist who has trained reporters and editors in security procedures, Garza will partner with media organizations and universities to enhance crowd-sourcing maps tracking journalists under attack in the region.
Garza began his career as a reporter and editor at the newspaper Reforma in Mexico City and was deputy editor of the Spanish-language newspaper Rumbo de Austin (Texas). From 2006-2013, Garza served as the editorial director at El Siglo de Torreon in northern Mexico, which was the target of several attacks by organized crime groups. In response, Garza developed security protocols for reporters and editors that are now available to other news organizations in Mexico and Latin America. He also served as an advisor on newsroom safety for the World Association of Newspapers (WAN-IFRA).
For the past five years, Garza has trained journalists in security and protection measures and lectured about violence against journalists in universities and media organizations in the United States, Europe and Latin America. Garza completed his bachelor’s degree in communications from the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City and his master’s degree in Journalism from the University of Texas at Austin.