Reporting the Power Struggle: Energy News Coverage in Baja California, Mexico 2013


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The program will train journalists on reporting techniques ranging from online digital mapping to crowdsourcing and data journalism.

The International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) proposes to bolster the scant media coverage of the unfolding situation by offering local and national journalists an unparalleled opportunity to learn firsthand from key sources about the energy challenge as well as learn new digital tools for more in-depth reporting and compelling storytelling.

ICFJ is offering a 2-day workshop that will bring together leaders of government, academia and non-governmental organizations to present journalists with details on power plants and greenhouse gas emissions in the global context, health and economic impacts, the new Mexican national energy policy, and state and local needs.

The event will include training in a variety of reporting techniques ranging from online digital mapping to crowdsourcing of emissions problems as well as the use of data. It will culminate with site visits to a fossil fuel plant called Punta Prieta that uses bunker fuel under an exemption from the Clean Air Act and to a solar-electric generating station called Aura Solar, both in La Paz, Baja California Sur.

The workshop will admit 15 journalists, including 12 from La Paz and its areas of influence, such as Los Cabos, Todos Santos, Loreto, Ensenada, Tijuana, Hermosillo, and Mazatlan; and one from each of the country’s three national media centers -- Mexico City, Guadalajara and Monterrey. This mix will promote sharing among participants of information on the ways energy issues are addressed in different venues.

This program is funded by the generous support of the International Community Foundation.