Latin America

May 162013

HackDash Helps Global Media Innovators Organize Teams and Projects

The concept behind HackDash is simple yet powerful: a web platform that brings people and ideas together and allows anyone to know the state of a project.

Mar 192013

Bridging the Data Journalism Gap in Latin America

In Latin America, there are few networks of journalists doing data journalism, little communication among them, and almost no communication with developers and designers. Lack of trust is a key impediment to helping each other improve our data journalism methods and embrace innovation in newsrooms. On top of that, although we have great journalists in our region, most of them do not speak or understand English (the language of most of the relevant tools) so there is a huge digital literacy gap.

Today we take an important step toward bridging this gap, as we launch the collaborative writing of the Iberoamerican Data Journalism Handbook. This project will be written in our own languages by volunteer journalists, developers and designers from Mexico to Patagonia and Spain, with the mission of showing the state of data journalism in Iberoamerica, explaining how to do data journalism in our countries, improving our networks of communication, helping our community accelerate its learning and providing it with the tools to do better journalism.

Mar 52013

Knight Fellows Will Propel News Innovation in Latin America

WASHINGTON—From revealing webs of influence in Venezuela to promoting visual storytelling in Costa Rica, four new Knight International Journalism Fellows will spread a culture of media innovation in Latin America.

Working as a team, the Knight Fellows will build networks of journalists, illustrators, technologists and data scientists. During yearlong fellowships, they will create or adapt tools that improve the quality and distribution of news. The Knight Fellows will produce a Spanish-language data toolkit for journalists.

Jan 312012

Online Master’s Degree in Digital Media a First in Latin America

The University of Guadalajara’s Digital Journalism Center, launched by Knight International Journalism Fellow James Breiner, is now offering the first online master's degree in digital media in Latin America.

“This new degree is particularly important because students can access the training they need from anywhere,” said Rosalía Orozco, director of the Digital Journalism Center.

University of Guadalajara

The University of Guadalajara's new online Master's Degree in Digital Journalism makes new digital skills accessible for Spanish-speaking journalists in the United States, throughout Latin America, and elsewhere. (Photo Courtesy: University of Guadalajara)

Nov 222011

Reporters Win Awards for Raising Financial Literacy in Minority Communities

Three journalists have won awards for in-depth stories that have improved the financial literacy of minorities across the United States. The award winners were among 42 reporters who participated in a 12-week program administered by ICFJ and funded by The McGraw-Hill Companies on personal finance reporting.

Heather Scofield, staff writer at The Durango Herald, won first place for her front-page articles on immigrants slipping through cracks in the country’s health system.

Oct 312011

AT&T-Funded Course To Empower Brazilian Journalists

The International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) is now receiving applications for a new AT&T-funded online course on public service journalism. The course will teach 40 Brazilian journalists how to use digital tools to produce multimedia projects on critical public interest issues affecting impoverished communities.

The five-week online course called “Digital Tools for Effective Public Service Journalism” is scheduled to start February 27, 2012.

Trainer Xavier Serbia sits down with Jorge Gestoso to discuss the significance of personal finance knowledge within the Hispanic and ethnic communities. Serbia expresses not only how imperative it is for these communities to become educated on the subject, but also expresses how the need for training journalists to report these stories is even more important. He states how beneficial and innovative personal finance courses (in English and Spanish) conducted by the International Center for Journalists, in conjunction with McGraw-Hill, have been to these communities.

Scripps Howard Latin American Media Ethics Seminar

The Scripps Howard Latin American Media Ethics Seminar assisted news media and journalists in Latin America to identify common threads of professional behavior, stimulate a dialogue about journalism independence, discuss country-specific principles of conduct, and encourage participants to reflect on their own personal code of ethics and to continue the discussion about ethics in their own newsrooms. This program was sponsored by the Scripps Howard Foundation.