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2013 Knight Fellows

Four new Knight International Journalism Fellows will spread a culture of media innovation in Latin America. Left to right: Gustavo Faleiros, Mariana Santos, Miguel Paz, Mariano Blejman. Photo: Kaveh Sardari.

Mar 52013

Knight Fellows Will Propel News Innovation in Latin America

WASHINGTON—From revealing webs of influence in Venezuela to promoting visual storytelling in Costa Rica, four new Knight International Journalism Fellows will spread a culture of media innovation in Latin America.

Working as a team, the Knight Fellows will build networks of journalists, illustrators, technologists and data scientists. During yearlong fellowships, they will create or adapt tools that improve the quality and distribution of news. The Knight Fellows will produce a Spanish-language data toolkit for journalists.

Mar 12013

Knight Fellow Moderates Historic Kenyan Political Debate. The Hot Issue: Land Reform.

Election campaigns in Kenya are normally noisy, lively and bloody. But this one had a difference. Instead of the usual three or four presidential candidates, there’ve been eight. There’s also been less bloodshed, but certainly more money spent in wooing the voter.

And for the first time ever, all candidates seeking the keys to State House – seven men and one woman – appeared together in public debates. There were three in February, broadcast live on radio and TV and streamed on the Internet.

Brazil: Expand the Use of Satellite Mapping and Other Technologies to Improve Environmental Reporting

Knight International Journalism Fellow Gustavo Faleiros is building on the success of his 2012 Knight International Journalism Fellowship, when he launched a digital map that uses satellite feeds and other publicly available data to monitor the Amazon Basin region. He is expanding the map, called InfoAmazonia, to make it possible for news websites to easily generate and publish customized maps on the environment.

Argentina: Launch an Innovation Challenge to Promote the Development of Digital Media in Latin America

Knight International Journalism Fellow Mariano Blejman is creating the first news innovation contest in Latin America. Modeled on the African News Innovation Challenge, the contest will spur new technology that improves access to quality news and information. Blejman is upgrading the Hacks/Hackers network by running data boot camps and hackathons.

Pilirani Phiri

ICFJ brought Malawi broadcaster Pilirani Phiri to New Hampshire to cover the 2012 U.S. presidential election. He brought back the concept that a president should answer to the public, and he landed the first live presidential interview in his country.