Investigative

Nov 102014

Knight Award winner's tips for freelance investigative reporters

Before she became an award-winning investigative reporter, Alejandra Xanic von Bertrab Wilhelm was a woodworker and a university student unsure of what to do with her life.

Today she is a 2014 ICFJ Knight International Journalism Award winner, who shared a Pulitzer Prize last year for uncovering Wal-Mart’s aggressive tactics for dominating the Mexican market.

Nov 52014

Nicaraguan newspaper engages youth with multimedia coverage of endangered forest

In Nicaragua, an innovative report on the degradation of an environmental treasure has sparked the public, especially the youth, to take notice.

The story, El ocaso de Bosawás (The Decline of Bosawás), published by Confidencial newspaper in April, is a milestone report on the devastation of Central America’s largest tropical forest, the Bosawás Biosphere Reserve, in northern Nicaragua. The paper told the story through a diversity of multimedia elements, using new technologies and narrative tools.

Nov 42014

HacksLabs announces Transparency & Accountability Challenge 2014 for Latin America


_Media entrepreneur Mariano Blejman founded HacksLabs, Latin America's first data journalism accelerator, earlier this year as part of his ICFJ Knight Fellowship. The idea for HacksLabs "came from years of frustration and wasted energy," Blejman wrote in April.

Oct 282014

Ecuadoran Reporter Unmasks Dangerous Child Trafficking Trends

In March, an eight-year-old girl from Ecuador traveled with a trafficker, or “coyote,” who promised to reunite her with her parents in the United States. But while attempting to illegally cross the border, her trafficker was arrested. The girl, Jhoselín Noemí Álvarez Quillay, was sent to a shelter. There, 33 days after leaving her home in Ecuador, she was found dead by hanging.

The incident, which is still being investigated, set off a media firestorm and a wave of suspicion.

Oct 282014

ICFJ’s Ben Colmery participates in panel on data journalism for the developing world

Data journalism is having a powerful impact on the lives of citizens, especially in the developing world, according to a panel of media-development experts brought together on October 15 by the Center for International Media Assistance (CIMA).

The discussion titled “How Data Journalism Drives Results in Developing Countries” touched on data initiatives around the world, with a focus on projects in Africa and Latin America.

La Chelona's last goal

Screengrab of Bernal's investigation published on El Gráfico.

Oct 162014

Salvadoran Sports Journalist's Investigation Exposes Corruption Thanks to ICFJ Training

In El Salvador, the sports pages have become beacons of investigative journalism in recent months, thanks largely to sports journalist David Bernal.

Oct 102014

How to Convince Journalists that Digital Security is for Them

The workshop had ended, but the attendees stayed glued to their seats and their laptop computers. For a few more minutes, nobody wanted to leave the room.

Coding for Latin America: Using new technology to improve lives

Knight International Journalism Fellow Juan Manuel Casanueva is creating a citizen engagement lab in Mexico and Central America to support data-driven media projects.