Whether fighting against censorship in Venezuela or as one of the main drivers of fact-checking in Spanish in the United States, Tamoa Calzadilla always puts journalism first. Recently chosen by Forbes magazine as one of the 100 most creative people in the business world, LJR spoke with the journalist about this recognition and about the future of fact-checking.
The Global Investigative Journalism Network (GIJN) worked with a team of experts from the Ford Foundation to develop the Journalist Safety Assessment Tool (JSAT), which provides an online diagnostic of an organization's physical and cyber security strategies, with recommendations on how to improve them. The network recently launched a version of JSAT in Spanish for colleagues in Latin America.
Oct. 31 was the official launch of the Southern Hemisphere Climate Database, a tool created by Carbon Brief and the Oxford Climate Journalism Network. It seeks to support journalists in their work to diversify expert voices on climate change in the media.
The 'Disarming Disinformation' series of master classes was held on Nov. 17 and 18. Craig Silverman (Propublica), Patricia Campos Mello (Folha de S. Paulo), Claire Wardle (Brown University), and Giannina Segnini (Columbia University) made up the 'dream team' of instructors. LatAm Journalism Review (LJR) attended the classes and presents a summary of the most important points discussed.
Venezuela has been subjected to a dismantling of its media ecosystem in recent decades. During the year 2022, at least 95 radio stations have been closed in the country, Zulia state being the most affected. These closures seriously undermine citizens' right to know and the conditions to practice journalism.
Researchers Summer Harlow, Ryan Wallace and Lourdes Cueva Chacón published on Oct. 7 the research entitled “Digital (In)Security in Latin America: The Dimensions of Social Media Violence against the Press and Journalists’ Coping Strategies.” The study reveals that social media violence needs to be taken as seriously as offline/physical violence.
On October 11, Mexican journalist Javier Garza Ramos received a Special Mention in the Maria Moors Cabot Award 2022. In this interview, he talks about his relationship with journalism, what it means to work in a country like Mexico and how ego can become a double-edged sword.
The One Young World organization awarded Daniel Villatoro from Guatemala and María Paulina Baena from Colombia with the Journalists of the Year 2022 award. LJR interviewed both journalists to learn about their impressions of the award, what it is like to do journalism from Latin America, and what is the current situation in their countries.
The fifth edition of the International Conference on Migration and Development Journalism took place in the city of Merida, Spain on Oct. 5, 6 and 7, 2022. Journalists from all over the world gathered to talk about journalism and migration, as well as to build networks and develop ties of collaboration. LJR covered the event and summarizes outstanding presentations by Latin American journalists in attendance.
The Consortium to Support Independent Journalism in the Region (CAPIR) has a call for proposals to fund national and cross-border investigative journalism in several Latin American countries. LJR spoke with journalists who received support last year about their experiences and the difficulties they face when doing investigative journalism.