Data Journalism

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.

Sandra Crucianelli has ensured that leading newsrooms in the country now routinely feature stories that mine and visualize data

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.

Chile: Expand Poderopedia, a Site Linking Business and Politics, Across the Region

Knight International Journalism Fellow Miguel Paz is speeding the development and use of the Knight News Challenge-winning platform Poderopedia, which reveals links among business and political leaders. He is bringing Poderopedia to Venezuela and to other nations, creating a cross-border community that uses the platform. He is introducing customized versions of Poderopedia in newsrooms and civic media projects.

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.

Latin America: Improve Interactive Storytelling and Create a Corps of Tech-savvy Women in Newsrooms

Knight International Journalism Fellow Mariana Santos is creating teams of artists, developers and journalists to improve visual and interactive storytelling in Latin American media. This network will enrich story development, execution and digital delivery of news. Santos is introducing animation and other ways to use data in compelling ways in Brazil, Chile, and Costa Rica. A key goal is to create a corps of tech-savvy women in Latin American newsrooms.

Argentina: Create Tools to Collect, Analyze and Visualize Data for Investigative Stories

At La Nación, one of Argentina’s leading daily newspapers, Knight International Journalism Fellow Sandra Crucianelli created the first team of investigative journalists who can track tax revenues earmarked for the country’s crumbling public services. She created a team of data journalists who can extract and analyze information for investigative stories. And as part of this effort, she helped La Nación launch Argentina’s first data blog, where journalists post data-driven stories and invite the public to respond and engage.

Sub-Saharan Africa: Launch a Storytelling Challenge to Spur Innovative Coverage of Health and Development

Knight International Journalism Fellow Joseph Warungu led the launch of an Africa-wide storytelling contest to encourage better coverage of Africa’s growth, development, health and quality of life. The challenge sought in-depth features; data-driven journalism; and other entries that used innovative tools to engage the public or tell stories.

Sub-Saharan Africa: Spurring Innovation and Experimentation in Newsrooms

Justin Arenstein is a Knight International Journalism Fellow who is helping the African Media Initiative (AMI) to establish a digital innovation program that supports experimentation in newsrooms across Africa. AMI, the continent's largest association of media owners and executives, is working with more than 600 of the most influential media companies in both northern and sub-Saharan Africa.