Latin America

Oct 192017

Cross-Border, Collaborative Investigations Tackle Hot-Button Issues in Latin America

A pioneering, ICFJ-supported investigation across three countries has revealed the violence and rampant discrimination compelling transgender women to flee their homes in Central America’s notorious Northern Triangle region.

The award-winning series – a three-month investigation by Maria Cidón, Priscila Hernández, and Prometeo Lucero – was part of ICFJ’s Investigative Reporting Initiative for the Americas (IRIA).

Latin America: Advancing the Business Strategies of Spanish-Speaking Digital News Entrepreneurs

Digital entrepreneurship strategist Janine Warner is an ICFJ Knight Fellow who is focused on promoting a greater diversity of online news outlets across Latin America, Spain and the U.S. She is doing this through SembraMedia, a nonprofit online community she founded for digital media entrepreneurs to network, share resources, learn business and technical skills, and draw on the expertise of others who are facing similar challenges.

Throughout Latin America, digital media startups are harnessing the power of the Internet to launch new and innovative media projects.

Jan 102017

ICFJ Knight Fellow Janine Warner: Perfectionism is the enemy of news startups

Frustrated by the constraints of traditional media, a growing number of journalists are interested in launching their own news startups, says Janine Warner, an ICFJ Knight Fellow who helps Latin American news entrepreneurs strengthen their business models. Too often, she says, when aspiring entrepreneurs come up with a great idea, two obstacles trip them up.

One is perfectionism. “If you’re an entrepreneur, waiting until everything is perfect is a problem,” Warner said in a recent interview with Chilean website Puroperiodismo.

Reporting Contest Winners Reveal the Hidden Toll on Early Childhood Development

The International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) has named reporters from India, Kenya and Nigeria as winners of the 2016 Early Childhood Development Reporting Contest. Their stories shed light on the earliest years of life, especially the first 1,000 days. That is the critical period when children need proper nourishment, responsive care, learning opportunities and protection from disease, violence and stress.

Aug 142015

Tracking Politicians' Careers and Positions with Technology

One of the best-known principles of geometry says that if two points are on a plane, the line that passes between those points is also on the same plane. Data visualization platform Cargografías applies this concept to politicians' careers, allowing voters to trace the path of candidates running for public office from their first political move to their most recent.

Aug 102015

ICFJ Knight Roundup: Code For Africa In New York, Violence Against Mexican Journalists

Each week as part of the Knight International Media Innovators blog, the ICFJ Knight team will round up stories focused on how their fellows are making an impact in the field. Find out more about the fellows' projects by clicking here.

Jul 282015

ICFJ Knight Roundup: Mapping Deforestation in the Amazon, Upcoming African Datacamps

Each week as part of the Knight International Media Innovators blog, the ICFJ Knight team will round up stories focused on how their fellows are making an impact in the field.

Find out more about the fellows' projects by clicking here.

Jul 162015

ICFJ Knight Roundup: The Human Cost of African Mining, Tracking Argentine Elections

Each week as part of the Knight International Media Innovators blog, the ICFJ Knight team will round up stories focused on how their fellows are making an impact in the field. Find out more about the fellows' projects by clicking here.

Tracking election campaigns in Argentina, the dirt on industrial mining in Africa, drones banned in Kenya and more from the Knight Fellows in this week's roundup.

Jul 72015

The Ethics of Social Data: Insights for the Digital Newsroom

In the fast-paced news environment, reporters are inclined to publish a story, push it out on social media and move on to their next piece. But if journalists aren't carving out time to reflect on the article's performance or how their audience interacted with it, they're missing out on a crucial piece of the engagement puzzle.

Jul 22015

Hustle & Workflow: How to Succeed in Digital Media

In Latin America, there is a real opportunity to create profitable businesses around content and there are valuable lessons to be learned from those digital outlets that found a way to be successful online.

ICFJ Knight Fellow Mariano Blejman led a Google Hangout sponsored by the Dow Jones Foundation on best practices for digital media and the keys to success behind publications like BuzzFeed, Mic, Vox, Upworthy and Quartz.