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IJNet Journalist of the Month: Thalie Ponce

When Ecuadorian journalist Thalie Ponce graduated high school at 16, two years ahead of schedule, she wasn’t sure what she wanted to do next. 

It was only when she read Truman Capote's In Cold Blood, recommended by a professor during a pre-university course, that she decided to be a journalist


Bringing Together U.S. and Latin American Media

Sebastián Rodríguez of Costa Rica has covered climate change for years. But his ICFJ fellowship in New York at The Verge, an outlet that reports on technology, was a step out of his comfort zone – an important one.


How an “Emerging Media Leader” from Latin America Took His Career to the Next Level

Journalist Carlos Mendoza of Honduras is one of the 220-plus professionals from 15 Latin American and Caribbean countries who have had the opportunity to improve their digital skills and develop digital media projects through the Emerging Media Leaders (EML) program, run by the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) and sponsored by the U.S. Department of State.


Reportando sobre los nicas migrantes en medio de la inestabilidad política

Regidor propuso a su medio de comunicación nicaragüense, CONFIDENCIAL, una sección dedicada a cubrir la vida de los migrantes. Regidor quería contar las innumerables historias de personas que han abandonado su país. Reconoció que este tema era mucho más importante que un titular. Merecía su propia cobertura y plataforma.

Covering the Lives of Nicaraguan Migrants Amid Political Instability

Regidor pitched her Nicaraguan news outlet, Confidencial, on a section devoted to covering the lives of migrants. Regidor wanted to tell the countless stories of people who have left their country. She recognized that this issue was much bigger than a headline. It deserved its own coverage and platform.


How Media Leaders in Latin America Are Building Stronger Businesses

When Elaine Miranda launched Nicaragua’s first personal finance blog in 2018, she hoped it would help her build up her finance coaching business. But an ICFJ fellowship program helped her realize that her website could become her business.

The program, Emerging Media Leaders, taught her the latest skills in content creation, monetization and business development, connected her with leaders in the field and provided her with a fellowship placement at Mother Jones, where her colleagues showed her how to make better use of social media, Miranda said.