New Group Makes Costa Rican Women Journalists Tech Savvy

Jul 302013

This blog was co-authored by Mariana Santos and Elisa Tinsley.

Women who want to thrive at the intersection of media and technology must not be afraid to share their knowledge or to fail, because what they learn along the way is the most important thing, said Hassel Fallas Lopez, a data journalist at Costa Rica's La Nación newspaper.

Fallas spoke during the inaugural meeting of Chicas Poderosas, the first group dedicated to increasing the number of women in Latin America who work with technology in media. She also advised attendees to bring all of their passion to their work because that is what will transform it into something that has an impact.

That's just what we aimed to do with the Chicas Poderosas launch, but as we planned the workshop, we wondered, "Would journalists, designers and developers dealing with the demands of daily journalism take the time for a three-day, intensive workshop focusing on scraping, analyzing and visualizing data?"

The answer: absolutely. More than 80 journalists from several Costa Rican news organizations attended the session held at San Jose's La Nación newspaper.

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