First of all, I will make an assessment of the proficiency level of the student (s) and will work with them on their goals and aspirations. From there, I will develop a program with a calendar of oral, writing, and reading practices, tailored to achieve the goals set.
I am a 30+years award-winner journalist, 19 years as an Academic, teaching journalism and non-fiction creative writing. I am the author of 9 non-fiction books and one novel. I am currently giving online workshops in journalism researching techniques and creative writing to Spanish speakers. I will be happy to share that experience and methods with English speakers that would like to learn or improve Cervante's language.
I have more than 30 years of proven track record as an award-winner investigative journalist, 18 as an academic, and ten as communications manager and Executive Director of a scientist's research project.
I hold a Harvard Kennedy School Master in Public Administration and a Bachelor in Journalism from Universidad Católica de Chile. I am currently studying a Masters in Creative Writing in Spanish at NYU, to be graduated in 2021.
Between 2011 and 2012, I wrote and coordinated the presentation of a Scientific project to the Chilean State on behalf of a consortium of Chilean universities, including the University of Chile, Concepcion, Arica, Federico Santa María, and Adolfo Ibáñez. Once awarded the project, I served as the Executive director, managing a budget of USD 2,000,000/year, facilitating the fulfillment of the research's goal of a team of 60 members, distributed through various Chilean universities; I also oversaw Administration, Communications, and Hiring units of that project.
I was head of the Department of Communications of the Ministry of Labour, which oversaw 90 professionals from various departments, and was responsible for managing USD 3.6 million annually.
I left that position in 2016 to dedicate full time as an associate professor in the School of Letters and Communications at Universidad Diego Portales and as an independent author. From 2018, I combined that position with being Research Editor and Writer for The Clinic Magazine.
I have served as director, editor, and journalist in magazines, newspapers, radio, and digital media in Chile and the US. I am the author and co-author of 9 books of journalistic investigation and a novel.
From August 2019, I am studying for an MFA in Creative Writing in Spanish at NYU. While studying, I worked as a Research Assistant for Grand Challenge on Inequality and Exclusion at the NYU Center on International Cooperation (CIC).
Currently, I am combining studies with a weekly presentation as a co-host in the Chilean News TV Show Free of Guideline; co-host of two women-only digital media news shows, Wild hair Ladies and The voice of the Voiceless' Desk. I am also a contributor to the US magazine Dissent.org.
NEWS SHOW C0-HOST (REMOTELY)
August 2020-to present: Free of Guidelines (Pauta Libre), La Red TV Chile.
May 2020-to present: Truthful Lies (Mentiras Verdaderas), La Red TV Chile
October to present: Co-host at two women-only media news shows, Wild hair Ladies (University of Chile Radio) and The Voice of the Voiceless' Desk (Digital Media Holding)
FEATURE CONTRIBUTION, US
February 2020: Dissent Magazine. “The end of Chilean Fantasy.” (concealed information)
RESEARCH ASSISTANT, US:
February-March 2020: Literature review and report writing for Grand Challenge on Inequality and Exclusion at the NYU Center on International Cooperation (CIC).
INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALIST/FREELANCING Chile, US: I have investigated public concern issues (judicial, social, political, human rights). I have written in-depth articles using narrative techniques.
• 2018 to 2019: Research Editor and Writer for The Clinic Magazine.
• 2001 to 2018: Permanent contributor to PAULA (MAGAZINE), THE CLINIC
• 2001 to 2009: Freelancer for THE MIAMI HERALD (NEWSPAPER), TERRA (ONLINE MAGAZINE)
LEADING INVESTIGATIVE REPORTER/STAFF WRITER, Chile: Work in Media organizations, building an extensive career reporting, writing and airing news in different formats, styles, and issues, mainly related to politics, judicial and social matters.
• 1987-2001: NEWSPAPERS (LA EPOCA AND LA NACION, CHILE; EL NUEVO HERALD, SUN-SENTINEL, USA), MAGAZINES (PLAN B, HOY) RADIO (NACIONAL, NUEVO MUNDO) PRESS AGENCIES (IPS)
DIRECTOR, EDITOR, Chile
• 2004-2006: Founded, directed, and fundraised for a magazine (named Plan B), managing a staff of 25 journalists, photographers, designers, columnists, and contributors.
2017: Mitos y verdades de las AFP (AFP’ Mith and truth, a journalistic investigation about Chilean Private Pension System. Random House, author).
2016: El libro negro de la justiciar chilena. Versión aumentada y revisada. (The Black Book of Chilean Justice. Augmented and revised edition. Random House, author).
2015: La Señora (The Lady. Novel. Ediciones B, author). 2015: Los Malos (The bad, Ediciones UDP, Coauthor).
2014: Los archivos del cardenal 2, casos reales (The cardinal’s files. Real Cases, CIP- UDP, Editorial Catalonia. Coauthor).
2013: Doña Lucía. La biografía no autorizada (Lady Lucía, the unauthorized biography, Ediciones B, author)
2011: Los archivos del cardenal, casos reales (The cardinal’s files. Real Cases, Editorial Catalonia. Coauthor).
2001: Injusticia Duradera (Endure Injustice, Editorial Planeta. Author)
1999: El Libro negro de la Justicia Chilena (The Black Book of Chilean Justice, Editorial Planeta. Author)
1996: Crimen con Castigo (Crime with punishment, 1996, Editorial Z. Coauthor).
In addition, part of my work has been republished in several journalism anthologies, including: Historias de PAULA. Antología de reportajes y entrevistas (PAULA stories. Anthology and interviews, UDP-Catalonia, 2013) and Lo mejor del periodismo de América Latina II. Selección de textos del Premio nuevo periodismo CEMEX+FNPI, (Best of journalism in Latin America II. Selection of texts of the new journalism award CEMEX + FNPI, Fondo de Cultura Económica, México, 2011)
2.- ACADEMIC EXPERIENCE
ONLINE ACADEMIC WORKSHOPS
May 2020-to present: Weekly sessions of a workshop for professionals in Tools and Methods of Investigative Journalism. Weekly participation in seminars and media interviews about the History and state of the Chilean media.
• 2012 to current: Associate Professor at School of Journalism, Faculty of Literature
and Communications, University Diego Portales.
• 2002-2005: Assistant professor School of Journalism, University of Chile, University
• 2002-2006: Part-time professor at School of Journalism Universities Diego Portales and Temuco, Chile.
• Master in Public Administration graduated with honors (Lucius N. Littauer fellow), HARV ARD UNIVERSITY, John F. Kennedy School of Government Cambridge, MA, USA. May
• Nieman Fellow at Harvard University, 2009--‐2010.
• Bachelor of Arts in Journalism, PONTIFICIA UNIVERSIDAD CATOLICA DE CHILE Santiago,
•2011: Lucius N. Littauer (HKS, HARVARD UNIVERSITY, USA) given “to members of the graduating Mid--‐
Career class who excelled in the classroom and made a significant positive contribution to the Kennedy School community.”
• 2000: Vasyl Stus (Pen Club, New England, US)A, given to recognize “a writer who has struggled in the face of oppression to make her voice heard.”
•2000, Hellman/Hammett (Human Rights Watch, USA), “to recognize the courage of writers around the world who have been targets of political persecution.”
•1996, Ortega y Gasset (El Pais Newspaper, Spain), award to recognize the excellence of the in-depth feature writing about Chilean Minister of Foreign Affairs' crime, Orlando Letelier, in the US.
• 2001: Donation Fund against Censorship (by WPFC).
•2000: Individual Grant by the Ford Foundation to investigate the state of Freedom of Expression in Chile.
•1997: Alfred Friendly Press Fellowship, to work as a staff writer for six months at The Sun-Sentinel.
5.- PUBLIC CONFERENCES/PANELS/WORKSHOPS:
Over 1,000 public speeches as a keynote speaker, panelist, and workshop leader in topics related to the Exercise of Journalism, Freedom of Expression, Transitional Democracy, Human Rights, Politics, Inequality in Chile, United States, Europe, Latin America, in academic, professional and private settings, online and present.
“The Black Book of Chilean Justice." (University of Miami Law Review, 02/2002. Pp 301--‐ 317). “Digging up the dirty war” (pp. 23--‐24)/ “First Anniversary” (pp.126--‐127), in “After the Fall.” (Index on Censorship, Volume 28 5 / 1999).
High proficiency in English. Native Spanish.
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