Knight International Journalism Fellowships

Peru: Create the First Broadcast Training Center

A team of trainers, formed and coached by Hena Cuevas in Peru, is helping the country's largest network of TV stations improve its journalism and technical skills.

Hena Cuevas trained broadcast news reporters and producers in Peru to improve the quality of news reports and increase local news in national coverage. Her partner, the National Association of Local Television Channels (Red TV), is Peru’s largest network of local TV stations, an alliance of 40 independent channels that reaches more than a third of Peru’s TV viewers. She has created a two-person training team that is working with Red TV’s affiliates to improve everything from reporting standards to camera work.

Cuevas also helped Red TV to produce the first live feeds from communities around the country during the April presidential elections. She set up a system that allowed local stations to feed reports live over the Internet using Facebook—a first for Red TV. The coverage attracted a record 10,000 visitors on election night alone. Red TV then provided live streaming of the runoff vote on June 5.

Before Cuevas started her fellowship, 80 percent of the stories sent in by the participating stations for the main national news program needed heavy edits. Now, only a few of their stories need any editing at all, improving the overall quality of the nightly report. Veteran Red TV journalist Zenaida Solis will lead the training team once the fellowship ends.

Our Stories


  • Jan 42011

    The Nobel Prize in Literature brings pride to Peru

    Vargas Llosa was born in Arequipa, but only lived there until the age of four. Still, he is considered the city’s pride and joy even though the city didn’t always show it. His childhood home still stands, but was recently sold to a company that was going to turn it into a center to help poor women. And, in a move right out of the best Hollywood movie, the announcement that Vargas Llosa won a Nobel put a stop to the remodel just in the nick of time.

  • Nov 272010

    Sick Girl Highlights the Power of the Press in Peru

    The first thing you notice when you meet Emily is just how tiny she is. She’s small because she suffers from a genetic disorder which makes it nearly impossible for her to defecate. The medicines to keep her alive cost about $12 a day… and her parents make only $10 a day between the two of them, while feeding three children.

  • Oct 202010

    The Power of Three

    The first step in establishing a permanent training system in Peru takes place, as the nine stations are close to coming on board.

    I love to run, something I’ve continued to do in Peru. But I never expected to find THIS growing under my shoe a mere 48 hours after my last outing! Mold. It’s one of the biggest problems in Lima, a city with one of the highest asthma levels in the world. But what really surprise me was how fast it grew. If only the rest of business in Peru moved as quickly...

  • Oct 62010

    Rock-a-bye Baby… at the polling booth?

    Peru’s mandatory voting law has some frustrating, and unexpected results during the recent regional and municipal elections.

  • Sep 112010

    I Say Potato. You Say Papa Nativa.

    Thousands of potatoes, the world's best coffee, and the secret to getting married take center stage at Peru's largest food festival.

    Finding a boyfriend and getting married in Peru must be pretty difficult. That is if you follow the tradition behind the Yana Piña potato, also known as the "Mother-in-Law Potato." According to tradition, before a girl can get married she needs to prove her love- and worth- to her future mother-in-law by peeling this grenade-looking thing...

In the News


  • How does one television network with limited resources cover election issues in a country like Peru, spanning 500,000 square miles? With the help of Knight Fellow Hena Cuevas.

  • 09/27/2011
  • Knight Fellow Hena Cuevas, in a Skype interview from Peru, discusses how provincial TV stations were able to contribute stories to a national news program. It was a new feature that was part of the Knight Fellowship efforts to improve political coverage in the country.

  • Knight International Journalism Fellow Hena Cuevas discusses Peru's most recent general election in a Skype interview from Lima.

  • 04/15/2011