By: Nu Yang
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 José L. Leyva and Roberto Juárez-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. Juárez-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.
Juárez-Garza 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.”
According to Juárez-Garza, the primary focus of the website is to spot any kind of disruption in Latin American journalism in any form — from long text pieces to videos and pictures. “The Tumblr platform allows us to post items in different kinds of media, which translates in a rich visual user interface,” he said.
Juárez-Garza said FJP Latin America’s reporting and curation is based on education, practice, business models, and democracy. “These four pillars are the core components of journalism as a professional career, as a job, as a business, and as an indispensable vehicle for the success of every democracy,” he said.
“An overall goal is for FJP Latin America to serve as a prototype for other region-specific sites the Future Journalism Project is planning to launch,” Juárez-Garza said. “We want to be a reference for all things Latin American journalism.”