Latin America Data Journalism Handbook is now available!

October 24, 2014

Forty journalists, designers and programmers from Latin America and Europe worked together to create the first Manual de Periodismo de Datos Iberoamericano (Iberoamerican Data Journalism Handbook).

The book was first presented at the Hack/Hackers Media Party in Buenos Aires, and was officially launched on October 2nd at the University Alberto Hurtado in Chile following a roundtable on the handbook and data journalism in the region. Another similar event was held on the same month in Lima, Peru.

The Iberoamerican Data Journalism Handbook explores the state of data journalism in each country of Latin America and aims to be a useful tool for journalists, media and organizations interested in using open data and doing storytelling supported by data.

“Initially the idea was to create a parallel Data Journalism Handbook, a data journalism pocketbook intended mostly for the Anglo audience”, states the manual’s introduction”. But the collaborators soon released the need to create a region-specific handbook because of the challenges and growing barriers to public information access throughout the region.

The manual explains how some well-known data journalism projects have been created and developed throughout the region, such as Hivos’ partner Plaza Pública in Guatemala and their “faith in the data”, or Chequeado, Hivos’ partner in Argentina, a fact-checking project working in a country without a specific information access law.

It also includes tips, guides and tutorials on how to obtain and process data, how to make better data visualizations, and even how to file a freedom of information request.

The Iberoamerican Data Journalism Handbook is an initiative of Poderopedia Foundation in partnership with the School of Journalism at the University Alberto Hurtado, supported by Hivos, and the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ).  Its contributors hail from Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, Peru, Bolivia, Paraguay, Ecuador, Brazil, Venezuela, Costa Rica, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Spain and Portugal.

The book is freely available online under a Creative Commons license. You can request a printed version, download the e-book or read it online through the manual’s website.