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Katherine Pennacchio

Katherine Pennacchio is a Venezuelan journalist living in Spain. She has developed her career as part of media and non-governmental organizations. She co-founded Vendata.org, an innovative project for the liberation of information and publication of open data in Venezuela. She was also part of the team of the investigative journalism site, Armando.info, and of Runrun.es, where she participated in large-scale investigations such as the Panama Papers. Katherine has a master's degree in Investigative, Data and Visualization Journalism from the Editorial Unit and the Rey Juan Carlos University of Madrid and she is passionate about data analytics. She currently works as a freelancer and is part of the Association of Investigative Journalists of Spain.
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Katherine Pennacchio es una periodista venezolana viviendo en España. Ella ha desarrollado su trayectoria entre medios de comunicación y organizaciones no gubernamentales. Co-fundó Vendata.org, un proyecto innovador de liberación de información y publicación de datos abiertos en Venezuela. También fue parte del equipo del portal especializado en periodismo de investigación, Armando.info y de Runrun.es, donde participó en investigaciones de envergadura como los Papeles de Panamá. Katherine tiene una maestría en Periodismo de Investigación, Datos y Visualización de la Unidad Editorial y la Universidad Rey Juan Carlos de Madrid y es una apasionada del análisis de datos. Actualmente trabaja como independiente y es parte de la Asociación de Periodistas de Investigación de España.

Recent Articles

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Journalism launchpad program encourages 12 Latin American newsrooms to create digital products

The Meta Journalism Project and CUNY's Graduate School of Journalism teamed up to bring to life the News Product Design Sprint program, where 12 newsrooms in Latin America received training by expert coaches to create low-investment, high-impact digital product prototypes based on responding to a clear need of an audience.

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Journalists discuss pros and cons of practicing journalism at the local level in Latin America

Practicing journalism at the local level has its advantages and disadvantages. On the one hand, the proximity allows a better understanding of the sources and the creation of stories more in line with reality, but on the other hand, greater physical and economic risks are taken. In this article, local journalists discuss the pros and cons of their work in Latin America.

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Clear objectives and integrated teams were central conversations at the Latin American Conference on Data, Innovation and Investigative Journalism (ELDIP)

In mid-July, the news outlet from Peru Convoca.pe held the Latin American Meeting on Data, Innovation and Investigative Journalism (ELDIP). LatAm Journalism Review (LJR) attended the conference and summarizes the points discussed that facilitate the creation of innovation teams and successful investigative stories.

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In Venezuela, independent news outlets keep investigative journalism alive despite challenges

All winning stories in this year’s IPYS’s National Journalism Contest were published by independent digital news outlets. This situation remains the same, year after year, due to the Venezuelan government’s censorship. The collaboration and support of international organizations has been key to keeping investigative journalism alive in Venezuela

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Mexican environmental journalists unite to launch network centered on marine issues

The Mexican organization Causa Natura has launched the Journalism Network of the Sea (Repemar), an initiative that seeks to coordinate journalists interested in marine issues, provide support, guidance, training and financing opportunities. The network also wants to support environmental journalists and minimize the risks suffered when practicing the profession in Mexico.

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Network of fact-checking trainers created to bridge the training gap in Latin American universities

The Argentine organization Chequeado, with the support of Google News Initiative, invited news organizations Verificado (from Mexico), Colombia Check (from Colombia), Convoca and Ojo Público (both from Peru) to form a 'Latin American network of fact-checking trainers' and thus make up for the lack of fact-checking-oriented courses in university journalism curricula in Latin America.

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Women journalists in authoritarian contexts face different challenges than their male colleagues when practicing journalism

Women journalists in Cuba, Venezuela, Nicaragua and El Salvador face misogynistic comments, threats to their physical integrity and their family environment, and violations of their privacy. In this article we learn about the experiences of women who have practiced journalism in these three countries.

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The state of freedom of expression in Uruguay is on alert due to an increase in threats and restrictions

Although Uruguay has been considered a benchmark for freedom of expression, the eighth monitoring report by the Center for Archives and Access to Public Information (Cainfo) recorded a 40 percent increase over the previous year in cases of threats and restrictions on journalists. There has been an increase in the number of cases for the third consecutive year and regressive legal reforms in terms of human rights and freedom of expression.

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Journalism project seeks to strengthen the right of access to public information in the Colombian Caribbean

The Contratopedia Caribe, a specialized digital platform that follows the trail of public contracting in the Colombian Caribbean, held training sessions for students to introduce them to tools to access the Law of Access to Information based on the Constitution of Colombia. This project was motivated by the great vulnerabilities that exist in the right of access to public information in Colombia that affect journalism.

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Competition celebrates the best of data journalism from Latin America and the world

Works from Argentina, Peru, Colombia and Brazil were shortlisted for the most prestigious data journalism awards among more than 600 candidates from 379 media outlets around the world. Latam Journalism Review interviewed the leaders of the Latin American projects featured in the 2022 Sigma Awards.