Latin America

Aug 42014

Despite efforts to curb violence, attacks against journalists continue

The delegates, journalists and observers gathered at the meeting of the United Nations Human Rights Council were focused on a noble purpose: promoting freedom of the press and the security of journalists worldwide.

But at the same time they were at a loss to answer one basic question: Why is violence against the press increasing despite years of efforts to curtail it?

In their interventions at the meeting, national representatives talked about “political will,” a very useful cliché for useless statements.

Jul 212014

Five data journalism projects win funding from Latin American startup accelerator HacksLabs

Five data-driven projects produced during the regional hackathon La Ruta de Dinero (The Money Trail) will receive support from HacksLabs, the first accelerator of data journalism projects in Latin America.

The projects focus on improving transparency and accountability in Colombia, Chile and Argentina. The regional hackathon, which I coordinated as part of my ICFJ Knight International Journalism Fellowship, took place in 12 Latin American cities and one U.S. city.

Jun 72014

ICFJ Knight Fellow's Regional Hackathon Follows Funds

Fourteen distinct chapters of Hacks/Hackers across Latin America and Miami gathered participants on June 7 to work on projects that attempt to answer one basic question: Where does my money go?

The hackathon brought journalists and coders together to follow where and how Latin American governments and corporations direct their funds.

This webinar, which was funded by Dow Jones and streamed live on December 17, 2013, is a conversation on digital and mobile security tools and practices. The session was led by Director of the Knight International Journalism Fellowships program Jorge Luis Sierra, a former Knight International Journalism Fellow who developed digital maps to track attacks to journalists and bloggers.

Apr 222014

The Art of Managing Interactive Journalism Projects

An attractive, informative infographic or other interactive product can be the satisfying end result of a digital team's hard work.

But former Guardian interactive designer Mariana Santos says the process of getting there is just as important.

“For a team, it’s as much about the trip as it is about arriving,” says Santos, an ICFJ Knight International Journalism Fellow.

Forty women journalists from across Latin America, from writers to designers to developers, gathered in Miami over Easter weekend for learning, hacking and networking during the first U.S. meeting of Chicas Poderosas. The initiative, which means "Powerful Women," was started by ICFJ Knight Fellow Mariana Santos as a way to bring more women into the tech side of the newsroom. The network currently boasts more than 500 members.

Mar 102014

Knight Fellow and Twitter Team Up to Illustrate Women's Inequality

ICFJ Knight International Journalism Fellow Mariana Santos, an expert in data visualization and animation, worked with Twitter data editor Simon Rogers on this animated video to showcase women’s inequality in the workplace.

Their video decided to focus on some of the reasons why, even in 2014, many women are still losing in the workplace.

Dec 272013

Helping Women in News Get the Tech Training They Need to Thrive

Visual journalist Mariana Santos knows what it takes to succeed as a tech-savvy newsroom leader, and she wants to help other women do the same.

That's why Santos, formerly with The Guardian's interactive team, created “Chicas Poderosas” earlier this year to train, engage and inspire Latin American women journalists, designers, programmers and artists. Since May, the project -- which is part of Santos’ ICFJ Knight International Journalism Fellowship -- has reached Chile, Colombia and Costa Rica with workshops and opportunities for learning and networking for both men and women.

Mariana Santos

Knight International Journalism Fellow Mariana Santos is helping improve visual and interactive storytelling in Latin American media.

Jun 112013

How Costa Rica’s La Nación is Telling Stories Visually

When U.S. President Barack Obama visited San José, Costa Rica this spring, he brought along the biggest security operation in the country’s history.

Costa Rica’s La Nación newspaper knew its audience would be keenly interested in the logistics of a visit that would affect traffic throughout the city that day.