Argentine, Brazilian data journalists named Knight International Journalism fellows

The International Center For Journalists (ICFJ) has announced the newest recipients of the Knight International Journalism Fellowships. Among the fellowship recipients are Argentine journalist Sandra Crucianelli and Brazilian journalist Gustavo Faleiros, both of whom will be focusing their fellowships on data journalism.

Crucianelli, of the Argentine Journalism Forum (FOPEA in Spanish), and founder and editor-in-chief of the online news site SoloLocal.Info, is an investigative journalist whose fellowship project is aimed at creating tools to collect, analyze, and visualize data for investigative reporting.

Crucianelli intends to train a team of data journalists and launch the first data blog in Argentina, which will be part of the website for the newspaper La Nación.

She also will offer training courses in conjunction with FOPEA, and work with the local chapter of Hacks/Hackers, a group of journalists and programmers working on creating new applications for collecting and visualizing data.

“The goal is to train journalists how to use open data to do better journalism, and how to find within the data stories of social interest for the community," Crucianelli said.

Crucianelli is author of the book "Digital Tools for Journalists," available for free download, and is an instructor for courses offered by the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas. She also hosted a television news program in her native city, Bahia Blanca, and has received prizes from the Inter American Press Association, the Reuters Foundation, and the Argentine Medical Association.

Faleiros, an environmental journalist and media trainer, has worked as a reporter for the financial newspaper Valor Econômico, and as editor for O Eco, a news site that focuses on the environment. As a fellow, his project will use data to Brazil’s first comprehensive online map to monitor the deteriorating environment of the Amazon. He'll also work with the newspaper Folha de São Paulo to launch a data blog.

See below a video from ICFJ of Crucianelli explaining her project.