Bridging the Data Journalism Gap in Latin America

Mar 192013

In Latin America, there are few networks of journalists doing data journalism, little communication among them, and almost no communication with developers and designers. Lack of trust is a key impediment to helping each other improve our data journalism methods and embrace innovation in newsrooms. On top of that, although we have great journalists in our region, most of them do not speak or understand English (the language of most of the relevant tools) so there is a huge digital literacy gap.

Today we take an important step toward bridging this gap, as we launch the collaborative writing of the Iberoamerican Data Journalism Handbook. This project will be written in our own languages by volunteer journalists, developers and designers from Mexico to Patagonia and Spain, with the mission of showing the state of data journalism in Iberoamerica, explaining how to do data journalism in our countries, improving our networks of communication, helping our community accelerate its learning and providing it with the tools to do better journalism.

I will be coordinating this collaborative project as part of my Knight International Journalism Fellowship. Other Knight International Journalism Fellows will contribute as well. Sandra Crucianelli will write about deep Web investigation, database-driven journalism and setting up data journalism teams in newsrooms. Jorge Luis Sierra will contribute chapters about security and cybersecurity. And Mariana Santos will develop guides on data visualization.

Read the full post on IJNet.

The International Journalists' Network, IJNet, keeps professional and citizen journalists up to date on the latest media innovations, online journalism resources, training opportunities and expert advice. ICFJ produces IJNet in seven languages: Arabic, Chinese, English, Persian, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish. IJNet is supported by donors including the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.