Latin America

Jul 12015

How to Mold Women Tech Leaders in News Media: Chicas Poderosas at Stanford

Invited and inspired by Mariana Moura Santos, founder of Chicas Poderosas, 35 women journalists and developers from Latin America met for nearly four days at Stanford U for a cornucopia of sessions on technology, innovation and, most of all, teamwork.

Jun 222015

ICFJ Knight Roundup: Media Innovation Bootcamps, Water Piracy in Pakistan

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.

Jun 92015

United Airlines anuncia patrocinio de Chicas Poderosas, proyecto de capacitación tecnológica para periodistas

CHICAGO, 9 de junio de 2015 ‒ United Airlines ha anunciado su patrocinio del proyecto Chicas Poderosas, cuyo propósito es crear un cuerpo de mujeres líderes en medios digitales y aumentar el número de periodistas latinoamericanas que trabajan directamente con la tecnología en las salas de redacción.

Mar 232015

Latin American Journalists Learn About Efforts to Prevent Crime in 24-Hour Cities

Twelve journalists from nine Latin American countries spent a week at the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) in Washington, D.C., learning about crime and citizen security as part of the International Center for Journalists’ (ICFJ’s) “Can Crime Be Prevented in Latin America?” program. The initiative, hosted and funded by IDB, began with a six-week online course that attracted 94 participants.

Nov 202014

Journalists: Evaluate your digital security with these five questions

A journalist researching a story about a sensitive document that puts his local government in a bad light worries authorities will snoop on his computer, so he uses sophisticated encryption tools to store and email the document. But then, he picks up his home phone and talks openly about the story with his editor.

Nov 72014

Lessons on open data in Latin America from #Abrelatam14

AbreLatam, an unconference first organized in Uruguay last year, brings together open data practitioners to share their thoughts, lessons learned and the experiences they face day-to-day.

This year’s AbreLatam in Mexico City addressed the complexities that a growing practitioner community faces across Latin America. I was lead organizer of AbreLatam this year, as part of my ICFJ Knight Fellowship.

Nov 42014

HacksLabs announces Transparency & Accountability Challenge 2014 for Latin America


_Media entrepreneur Mariano Blejman founded HacksLabs, Latin America's first data journalism accelerator, earlier this year as part of his ICFJ Knight Fellowship. The idea for HacksLabs "came from years of frustration and wasted energy," Blejman wrote in April.

Oct 152014

Advice from a Media Factory Entrepreneur

One hundred fifteen teams presented proposals for the first Latin American media accelerator, Media Factory. After five months of interviews, 18 finalists remained.

Just three were chosen to receive expert mentoring and funding from North Base Media, Nxtp.Labs, the Media Development Investment Fund and Media Factory, with the support of the International Center for Journalists.

Aug 272014

Project Supervised by ICFJ Knight Fellows Wins IAPA's 2014 Infographics Award

The Inter-American Press Association (IAPA) gave a project guided by two ICFJ Knight International Journalism Fellows its 2014 Infographics Award, citing its “high artistic and journalistic standards.”

The interactive media project 12 Hours That Changed Chile chronicles the violent 1973 military coup d’état that brought dictator Augusto Pinochet and his ruthless regime to power.

ICFJ Knight Fellows Miguel Paz and Mariana Santos advised the cre

Aug 132014

How Poderopedia has promoted transparency in its first year and a half

In its first year and a half of existence, the data journalism platform Poderopedia has promoted transparency and detection of conflicts of interest; generated news stories that made an impact on society; and built alliances with other Latin American organizations.

I founded Poderopedia, which tracks who is who in politics and business, in December 2012 in Chile, with a committed team of journalists and programmers and with financial support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.