Colombia

Colombia: Getting ready to launch mapping system

Alejandro Gonzalez reviews the reporting procedure for the Pilas Bogota map as Ricardo Villamil looks on. The map that will track crime in Bogota through crowd sourced reports is being developed with ICFJ partner El Tiempo.

Colombia: Getting ready to launch mapping system

Knight International Journalism Fellow Ronnie Lovler revising work on the Pilas Bogota mapping project being developed with ICFJ partner El Tiempo.

Dec 292011

Christmas in Colombia: Newsroom Joins Religion and Rumba Mix

Here, December comes with an undercurrent that feels uniquely Colombian. The Christmas celebrations show a deep commitment to religion – as throughout the Western world. But they show the same deep commitment to rumba – that is, the Colombian expression for partying and having a good time.

Knight International Journalism Fellow Ronnie Lovler shares photos from the El Tiempo Christmas party.

Nov 142011

Colombia Elections Are "Mostly Clean," Despite Violence

The end of October and the beginning of November were monumental times in Colombia. New mayors and governors were elected in a mostly fair and mostly clean vote on Oct. 30. A former guerrilla was elected mayor of Bogota. In pockets around the country, some violent protests erupted, sparked by allegations of fraud and vote tampering. And if that wasn’t enough for a news-filled week, late on Nov. 4, the Colombian military announced it had killed Alfonso Cano, top commander of the Colombian Revolutionary Armed Forces or FARC.

Colombia Social Media Editor Renata Cabrales

When the death of Alfonso Cano was announced on Nov. 4, my dinner with Social Media Editor Renata Cabrales went bust.

Election Observer Mission headquarters in Bogota

At Election Observer Mission headquarters in Bogota on Election Day.

Election Day in Bogota-citizens

Election Day in Bogota. Citizens look for their voting table.

Election Day in Bogota

Election Day in Bogota. Oct. 30, 2011. Police stand watch over polling stations.

Colombia political debate-tweeting it out

Natalie Gomez of El Tiempo's social media team sends out updates about the Oct. 27 debate between the top three candidates for mayor of Bogota.