Regional Conference on Investigative Journalism in Honduras

ICFJ held the Regional Conference on Investigative Journalism in Tegucigalpa, Honduras in September 2014.

As the signature event of the Regional Investigative Reporting Initiative for the Americas, ICFJ and its regional partners CONNECTAS and the Universidad Tecnológica de Honduras (UTH) hosted the Regional Conference on Investigative Reporting in Tegucigalpa, Honduras from September 25-28, 2014, which ICFJ organized with its in-country partner and aid from the partner organizations in other countries, whose journalists also attended the event in Tegucigalpa. The event brought together over 100 journalists, editors, media experts, and government officials from each of the program’s seven target countries which include Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Mexico and Paraguay. This large and well-publicized conference sought to send a message to potential stakeholders throughout Latin America about the seriousness of our intention to improve skills, safeguards and effectiveness among investigative journalists beginning in our eight target countries as we aim for regional impact as a multiplier effect during and after the program.

Honduras – as one of the eight countries for Initiative where the media is rated “not free” according to Freedom House – is an appropriate base from which to send our message. We also expected our presence to raise the morale of local media professionals.

ICFJ previously collaborated with the UTH to deliver an in-country workshop on digital and cybersecurity protocols in San Pedro Sula in August of this year.

ICFJ began to build the trainers’ capacity and that of the attending journalists with an agenda of topics lwhich included the following:

• The current state of investigative journalism in the region: What is being done by whom, how and with what results?
• Special regional challenges in investigative reporting, including transnational drug cartels and human trafficking
• Security protocols for journalists and news organizations that operate in high-risk environments
• What is the role of publishers in supporting investigative reporting?
• Advancing transparency in government through in-depth reporting
• Introduction to the Investigative Dashboard and the collaborative platform: How digital tools are changing the work of the investigative reporter
• Introduction to the techniques and tools investigative journalists can use for digital and physical security
• Crowd-sourced mapping projects – ICFJ’s “Mi Panama Transparente” (MPT) project, will be presented by Jorge Luis Sierra, a Mexican investigative journalist specializing in digital security and director of the Knight International Journalism Fellowships at ICFJ.

This conference is part of ICFJ's Regional Initiative on Investigative Journalism in the Americas.