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Journalism's Crystal Ball: Future Journalism Project Launches Latin America Website

Magazine article Editor & Publisher

Journalism's Crystal Ball: Future Journalism Project Launches Latin America Website

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With media futurists predicting the demise of the newspaper industry, the Future Journalism Project (tumblr.thefjp.org) is reporting just the opposite. Created by Michael Cervieri, co-founder of the media production and strategy collective ScribeLabs, FJP describes itself as a "multiplatform documentary exploring the present state, current disruption, and future possibilities of American journalism."

This summer, FJP launched its Latin American counterpart at la.thefjp.org with editors Jose L. Leyva and Roberto Juarez-Garza. Leyva is a Fulbright Scholar with two master's degrees from Columbia University in journalism and digital media, and in international affairs. He is based in Mexico City. Juarez-Garza holds a master's degree in international studies from the University of Washington with a dual concentration on Latin America and international communications. He spent seven years in Seattle working as a communications strategist and now resides in Monterrey, Mexico.

Leyva said FJP Latin America covers media issues specific to the region as well as Spanish language press in North America. "For example," he said some topics may include, "the dangers Mexican journalists face covering the narco wars, government interference with news organizations in Venezuela, innovative literacy campaigns in Colombia, and open source and startup technology initiatives specific to the needs here. …

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