Three Latin Americans named among the new Knight Fellows for International Journalism

By Alejandro Martínez

The International Center for Journalists named three Latin American journalists and a Portuguese designer who instructed a course for the Knight Center as the next Knight International Journalism Fellows last week.

The new Knight Fellows' projects include expanding a digital map tracking deforestation in the Amazon rainforest, expanding an online tool that reveals links between business and political leaders, and encouraging visual storytelling in the region.

The four Knight Fellow are:

    • Mariano Blejman, an Argentine editor tasked with launching a new innovation challenge for Latin American journalism. He will work on expanding Hacks/Hackers network, which seeks to foster collaborations between journalists and programmers. He will also assist in the development of digital tools for newsrooms and organize workshops to teach journalists how to work with large amounts of data.



    • Gustavo Faleiros, a Brazilian journalist and expert in map creation. He will develop Eco News Lab, a project that will develop technology to improve environmental journalism. Faleiros will also expand an online map called InfoAmazonia, which uses information compiled from satellite images to track the advance of deforestation in the Amazon jungle.



    • Miguel Paz, Chilean journalist and deputy director of the first news website in his country, El Mostrador. He will expand his website Poderopedia, a digital platform that won the Knight News Challenge and seeks to visualized the connections between politicians, business leaders and others. Paz has already started to coordinate the collective development of the Ibero-American Data Journalism Manual, which will address topics like security, cyber-security, media law, access to information and transparency in each country. Click here for more information on how to become a collaborator.



The Fellows will work together on their projects and post regularly to the International Journalists' Network blog.

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.