Renowned Mexican journalist Sandra Rodríguez Nieto was selected as one of Harvard University's 2014 Nieman Fellows, according to the organization. Rodríguez Nieot is the only Latin American in this year's class of 24 that includes reporters, editors, and leaders in digital media, print, television and radio.
At Harvard she will study ways to develop sustainable online investigative and narrative journalism projects with a focus on government transparency and accountability in Mexico.
Rodríguez Nieto was one of the journalists who most aggressively covered the wave of violence that hit Cuidad Juárez, along the border with El Paso, Texas, which was then considered the most violence city in the world.
In recognition of her coverage for the newspaper El Diario de Juárez, she received the 2013 Daniel Pearl Award for Outstanding International Investigative Reporting. In 2012, she published the book "La Fábrica del Crimen" (The Crime Factory) in which she denounced the "perverse cycle that has lead to social deterioration--and the lose of entire generations of young people--in Cuidad Juárez," according to Sin Embargo, where she currently works as a reporter.
Since 1938 the Nieman Foundation has supported and sponsored more than 1,300 journalists from 92 countries with the objective of exploring media innovation and elevating quality standards. Other Latin Americans have been awarded the honor including: Carlos Eduardo Huertas (Colombia) and Claudia Méndez (Guatemala) in 2012; Pablo Corral (Ecuador) and Hollman Morris (Colombia) in 2011; and Boris Muñoz (Venezuela) and Alejandra Matus (Chile) in 2010, among others.
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.