By Ingrid Bachmann
The day after the mines: danger without control is the second report by the Argentine Journalism Forum’s (FOPEA) new Investigative Reporting Unit. The multimedia project explores the consequences of mining that may linger even after mines are abandoned and emphasizes the lack of government regulation.
The investigation offers varied perspectives on mining practices by focusing on human illness, pollution, social and economic consequences, and the indifference of the state. It includes a website, a dictionary of mining terms, maps, video, sound, and a written report.
The reporting took place in December 2009 and January 2010. The team was led by Pedro Caram, Silvina Martínez, Evangelina Quiroga, María Rosa Di Santo, Sandra Crucianelli, and Hugo Macchiavelli, with the assistance of Miguel Paschetta. Any media outlet interested in publishing the report may do so free of charge, as long as the FOPEA team receives credit.
FOPEA's Investigative Reporting Unit, which is supported by the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas, is a six-month pilot project. It's third investigation got under way this week.
Note from the editor: This story was originally published by the Knight Center’s blog Journalism in the Americas, the predecessor of LatAm Journalism Review.