Entre las cenizas: historias de vida en tiempos de muerte. Front Cover. Marcela Turati, Daniela Rea Gómez. sur+ ediciones, – Disappeared persons – The Nieman Fellows at Harvard University have selected Marcela Turati of the “Entre las Cenizas: historias de vida en tiempo de muerte,” (“Amid the Ashes. Marcela Turati y Daniela Rea – “Entre las cenizas. Historias de vida en tiempos de muerte” (). Un libro de crónicas que busca saldar una de las deudas del .

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She is a standard-bearer for the journalists who have risked their lives to document the devastating wave of violence in Mexico.

Marcela Turati: Expose the Hidden Interests of Big Media Companies

Turati spoke recently with the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas about the challenges that came with putting together the book and seeking, as a group, for a new lens from which to cover violence in Mexico.

The narrative part was also a goal for us, we wanted it to be very well written, with imagery, persons, scenes, not just a speech. Tales of Life in Times of Death” in Spanish. Lessons from Spanish-language media Memetic Media innovates in design and distribution and focuses on digital journalism for young audiences in Paraguay.

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Why didn’t you look at this? It would be very important to be able to turahi the hidden interests of the big media companies, their power relations, for whom they work. You have to understand the process of violence and measure the furati of the citizenry. That can be a reason for them to receive threats. FIrst, we were able to obtain financing. Yes, it is important to do it, but it’s very difficult. What are some positive developments in our field, journalism and the media in general?


Every journalist is an investigator. I told myself, ‘let’s try, let’s do this and see what comes out. I’m not saying I made a mistake because it had to be done and become the uncomfortable conscience, but also, with the passing of years, so many news on the destruction generate a tremendous apathy, an armoring from the readers’ side, and we asked ourselves, how can we continue denouncing the same things without having people feel that it’s the same story they have already read?

Frustrated, I felt the need to reveal the mechanisms through which corruption operates, the different tricks that politicians create to steal money from the poor.

Since then I have always felt the need not to remain in enrte mere description of social problems, but to discover the mechanisms through which injustices are perpetuated. Like a little amrcela with things we had to pay attention to, to train our eyes and focus them on the right place. Historias de Vida en Tiempos de Muerte.

She co-founded Periodistas de a Pie Journalists on Footan outfit dedicated to training journalists to improve the quality of their journalism and to defend freedom of expression. The Nieman class of established the Louis M. What would you ask yourself, should you be conducting this interview — and what would you answer?


Turati previously reported for the Mexican newspapers Reforma and Excelsiorworked as a freelance journalist and created the blog and an online discussion group Periodismo de Esperanza Journalism of Hope after spending two years exploring the question of whether it is possible for journalism to bring about change.

What angles and narrative resources do you use to continue engaging the reader? When the authors returned from reporting, we got together to workshop our texts and discuss in group. When that happened we asked ourselves, in what moment did you become disenchanted with this story?

We don’t exactly tell people, do something like them, but we do offer 10 stories in which, despite the threats and the horror, people did something to change history and is putting up a fight.

It would be desirable for it to become a model, but it can’t always be that way. Marcelw than 1, journalists from 92 countries have been awarded Nieman Fellowships since the foundation was established in Each one of us had a job and it turned out well. Publishing houses don’t pay a thing, that made us very angry, any publisher will pay peanuts for a book.

How did you become interested in investigative journalism?

People are tired of reading about drug trafficking through the lens of the horror. Download Entre las Cenizas for free here.