The Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma has announced the recipients of its 2023 Latin America Early Childhood Reporting Fellowship. The program will support six journalists from Latin America to undertake projects at the intersection of young children and inequality in health, education, housing, food security and social and emotional well being, as well as the effects on caregivers.
Fellows will report stories on the challenges facing young children of domestic workers in Argentina, access to preschool for migrant children crossing daily from Venezuela to Brazil, the creation of child-friendly spaces in areas with high concentrations of violence in Ecuador and the experiences of children with cleft palates in Bolivia.
"Young children across Latin America today contend with escalating adversity — whether from pandemic, economic inequality, violence. The extraordinary journalists chosen for the Dart Center’s Latin America Early Childhood Reporting program are deeply committed to illuminating these critical issues, producing reporting that makes a difference across the region," said Bruce Shapiro, the Dart Center’s executive director.
Fellows will receive a stipend of $1,500 USD along with coaching and mentorship by a senior journalist. Fellows will also attend monthly webinars with Latin American and international experts in the fields of science, education, public health and journalism.
Below are the six fellows and brief descriptions of their projects:
Ricardo Braginski (Argentina) is a journalist and editor of Clarín newspaper in Argentina. He has been covering education for more than 10 years in the newspaper and as a host and columnist in two radio programs (CNN Radio and Continental). He obtained the First Prize in the "Premios ADEPA al Periodismo" in the category Education (2017) and to the Journalistic Trajectory of the University of Buenos Aires (2018). He has a degree in Communication Sciences from the University of Buenos Aires, was a fellow at the University of Michigan, and has an MBA from UADE (Argentine University of Enterprise).
Project: Early education plays a relevant role in the development of key cognitive and social skills, according to neurosciences. Over the last 20 years, enrollment in kindergartens in Argentina has grown by 66.9% and now 3 out of 4 children between the ages of 3 and 5 attend kindergarten. But inequality is growing and, to a great extent, kindergartens become formative places mostly depending on the social sector to which the child's family belongs. The project seeks to clarify the advantages of going to kindergarten, using scientific evidence, to examine how much enrollment varies across different parts of the country and to offer possible solutions from specialists in public policies to reduce inequalities.
Rocio Karla Corrales Olivera (Bolivia) is a social communicator and story collector. She is 26 years old. She was a fellow of the Climate Tracker program, training in climate journalism, and of Cosecha Roja, to tell stories about Afro-Bolivian women in the Feminismo Futuro program. She currently works for the digital newspaper Muy Waso, with a focus on human rights and environmental issues.
Project: To investigate the impacts of poverty and malnutrition on children born with cleft lip and/or cleft palate in Bolivia. In addition to investigating the tangible risks, the project will also explore the stigma and lack of information and care for the children and their families.
Morelia Morillo (Venezuela) is a freelance journalist, with a master's degree in Society and Border. She lives and works on the Venezuelan-Brazilian border, in the middle of the shared Amazon, where she watches and tells the dynamics of this indigenous territory, which contains protected nature, a binational border and has turned into a survival space for many Venezuelans fleeing the crisis.
Project: To observe and analyze the journey that Venezuelan children of preschool age have to do daily, crossing the border into Brazil to attend preschool. This is due to the current crisis in Venezuela, which has severely affected educational centers and their teachers.
Coral del Mar Murphy Marcos (Puerto Rico) is a journalist from Manatí, Puerto Rico, currently living in New York City. Murphy Marcos has written about Puerto Rico for publications such as The New York Times, The Guardian, El País, Esquire and others. Previously, she worked for USA Today and National Public Radio.
Project: To investigate how the exodus of pediatricians from Puerto Rico following the economic crisis has left the island's children at risk of declining medical treatment in the short and long term. Low salaries and a lack of jobs in Puerto Rico have made the United States an ideal destination for pediatricians, who can easily travel to the country because they are U.S. citizens. But children in Puerto Rico are left with fewer options and longer waiting times to receive adequate medical services.
Natalí Schejtman (Argentina) is a journalist and researcher in media, culture and technology. In 2021, she covered the effects of the pandemic on the care crisis for elDiarioAR. In 2022, she launched the column Un Trabajo Extraordinario (An Extraordinary Job) on motherhood, fatherhood and parenting.
Project: To produce a series of chronicles about the children of domestic workers. These are women who generally belong to vulnerable sectors and deal with raising their own children, often at a distance, while working as caregivers with children of wealthier families.
Jessica Zambrano Alvarado (Ecuador) is an Ecuadorian journalist. She has a master's degree in Digital Journalism from Casa Grande University. She is co-founder of Indómita Media, an online platform. She works as a university professor at Universidad de las Artes. She is an urban cyclist in Guayaquil. She worked for seven years as a reporter and editor of the Art and Culture section of El Telegrafo newspaper. She edited the cultural supplement Cartón Piedra, where she produced the 68-page edition.
Project: During the last 32 years, a policy of urban regeneration has been implemented in Guayaquil, Ecuador's largest city, transforming the city's public spaces in favor of privatized areas, with closed parks and the reduction of cultural activities in areas that see high concentrations of crime and violence, where even gangs of children operate. By looking at concrete cases of public and community spaces, the project will show how much urban policies can contribute to eliminating violence and creating a context where children can have alternatives for the future.
The Latin America Early Childhood Reporting Fellowship will be led by Irene Caselli, who will also serve as a story coach for the Global and Latin America fellowships. Caselli is a multimedia reporter and writer, with two decades of experience in radio, TV and print, now focusing on early childhood, reproductive rights, and carers. She is also a senior advisor for The Early Childhood Reporting Initiative at the Dart Center.
For a decade, Caselli was a foreign correspondent in Latin America, reporting for the BBC, The Washington Post, The Guardian, The New York Times and others. In 2019, she started covering early childhood for The Correspondent. In January 2021, she launched her own newsletter, The First 1,000 Days, where she continues her writing about the first 1,000 days, the foundational period of our lives that is too often overlooked, partly influenced by her experience as the mother of Lorenzo and León.
She published a chapter in “Unbias the News,” a book about how to make journalism more diverse. She produced a documentary on women’s football and gender inequality, and one of her short films on the same subject received a prize for collaborative journalism.
Caselli has been awarded fellowships by the International Women’s Media Foundation, the European Journalism Centre and the Solutions Journalism Network. She speaks six languages (English, Italian, Spanish, German, French, Portuguese), and is now learning Greek.
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Grounded in the latest research in the fields of trauma studies, literary biography, and the history of journalism, this study draws upon the lively and sometimes breathtaking accounts of popular writers such as Charles Dickens, Ernest Hemingway, Dorothy Parker, Graham Greene, and Truman Capote, exploring the role that trauma has played in shaping their literary works. Underwood notes that the influence of traumatic experience upon journalistic literature is being reshaped by a number of factors, including news media trends, the advance of the Internet, the changing nature of the journalism profession, the proliferation of psychoactive drugs, and journalists' greater self-awareness of the impact of trauma in their work.
Daring to Feel: Violence, the News Media, and Their Emotions
Daring to Feel is a bold, brave book. Jody Santos challenges the entrenched doctrine that journalists are neutral, dispassionate observers of 'fact.' Santos demonstrates how journalists themselves and society as a whole benefit from emotionally nuanced and emotionally engaged reporting. This is a beautifully written tribute to the passion of journalists and the heart-wrenching stories they cover.
The Things They Cannot Say: Stories Soldiers Won't Tell You About What They've Seen, Done or Failed to Do in War
In The Things They Cannot Say, award-winning journalist and author Kevin Sites asks these difficult questions of eleven soldiers and marines, who—by sharing the truth about their wars—display a rare courage that transcends battlefield heroics. For each of these men, many of whom Sites first met while in Afghanistan and Iraq, the truth means something different. One struggles to recover from a head injury he believes has stolen his ability to love; another attempts to make amends for the killing of an innocent man; yet another finds respect for the enemy fighter who tried to kill him. Sites also shares the unsettling narrative of his own failures during war—including his complicity in a murder—and the redemptive powers of storytelling that saved him from a self-destructive downward spiral.
Kevin Sites, the award-winning journalist, covered virtually every major global hot spot as the first Internet correspondent for Yahoo! News. Beginning his journey with the anarchic chaos of Somalia in September 2005 and ending with the Israeli-Hezbollah war in the summer of 2006, Sites talks with rebels and government troops, child soldiers and child brides, and features the people on every side, including those caught in the cross fire. His honest reporting helps destroy the myths of war by putting a human face on war's inhumanity.
Swimming with Warlords: A Dozen-Year Journey Across the Afghan War
Using his trademark immersive style, Kevin Sites uncovered surprising stories with unexpected truths. He swam in the Kunduz River with an infamous warlord named Nabi Gechi, who demonstrated both his fearsome killing skills as well as a genius for peaceful invention. Sites talked with ex-Taliban fighters, politicians, female cops, farmers, drug addicts, and diplomats, and patrolled with American and Afghan soldiers. In Swimming with Warlords he helps us to understand this kingdom of primitive beauty, dark mysteries, and savage violence, as well as the conflict that has cost billions of dollars and thousands of lives--and what we might expect tomorrow and in the years to come.
The Price They Paid is the stunning and dramatic true story of a legendary helicopter commander in Vietnam and the flight crews that followed him into the most intensive helicopter warfare ever—and how that brutal experience has changed their lives in the forty years since the war ended.
What Have We Done: The Moral Injury of Our Longest Wars
Most Americans are now familiar with PTSD and its prevalence among troops. In this groundbreaking book, David Wood examines the far more pervasive yet less understood experience of those we send to war: moral injury, the violation of our fundamental values of right and wrong that so often occurs in the impossible moral dilemmas of modern conflict.
Collective Conviction: The Story of Disaster Action
Collective Conviction tells the story of Disaster Action, a small charity founded in 1991 by survivors and bereaved people from the disasters of the late 1980s, including Zeebrugge, King's Cross, Clapham, Lockerbie, Hillsborough and the Marchioness. The aims were to create a health and safety culture in which disasters were less likely to occur and to support others affected by similar events.
When Lynne O’Donnell met Pauline and Margaret in Iraq she could never have guessed the wealth of stories she’d discover. Over tea the two women tell Lynne of their lives in the country: each having married Iraqi men had then relocated from England more than thirty years before.