Peru

Feb 242011

Journalists in the Jungles of Peru Face Disease-carrying Mosquito and Other Challenges

When you mention Peru, most people think of llamas, the imposing Andes, and the mythical Machu Picchu without realizing that over 60 percent of its territory is jungle. Actually, the Amazon River which is surrounded by some of the thickest rain forest in the world, begins high above the Peruvian Andes, and winds its way 4,000 miles into the Atlantic.

This portion of Peru is referred to as La Selva, or the jungle, one of the three distinct regions in the country. The other two are La Costa (the Coast) and La Sierra (the Mountains).

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.

Sick Girl Highlights the Power of the Press in Peru

Villa El Salvador, where Emily lives with her family, was started in the 1970's by immigrants looking for a better life.

Sick Girl Highlights the Power of the Press in Peru

Villa TV 45 has an audience of about two million viewers. Here, a reporter and photographer interview Emily's mother. After the story was broadcast, offers to help came in.

Peru: Journalism Training (2003-2005)

Between January 2004 and July 2005, three Knight International Journalism fellows worked on journalism training projects in Peru in partnership with the Universidad de Ciencias Aplicadas.

Peru: Journalism Training (2004)

Knight International Journalism Fellow Peter Hecht completed journalism training in Peru for six months in 2004, partnering with the Universidad de Ciencias Aplicadas.

Peru: Journalism Training (2000)

Knight International Journalism Fellow Mandalit del Barco completed four months of journalism training in Peru in 2000, partnering with the Universidad de Ciencias Aplicadas.

Bolivia and Peru: Journalism Training (2002)

Knight International Journalism Fellow David Boldt completed nine months of journalism training in Bolivia and Peru in 2002.