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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Since then I have always felt the need not to remain in the mere description of social problems, but to discover the mechanisms through which injustices are perpetuated. From the beginning we said we wanted to find experiences of people who had organized to demand justice for their dead, their missing relatives, or to defend their territory from drug traffickers, or that help others who have it very tough, like in the case of migrants.
Ms Turati works for Procesoa leading news weekly in Mexico. 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. However, I do not think that we have to only recharge ourselves with data, technology and computers. According to the organization, the book focuses on “stories of resistance, solidarity and hope, starring anonymous women and men who suffered from the unhinged violence of the war in Mexico against drug trafficking.
It should not be forgotten that our work begins in the street, gathering information from people. Many people who was losing hope asked us, what can we do, I want to do something but I don’t know where to start. The Mexican organization Periodistas de a Pie launched on Dec. There were reporters who were very in love with one experience and we ran the risk of doing propaganda, that’s why we also asked to see the challenges as well, the difficulties of organizing with others.
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. What angles and narrative resources do you use to continue engaging the reader? We’re also interested in having the journalists that read us to tell us if they would like to do something like this.
When the authors returned from reporting, we got together to workshop our texts and discuss in group. The Nieman class of established the Louis M. Those of us who participated in the book sought to make visible the people who get organized, but sometimes it’s difficult to find them. Mexico has become one of the most dangerous countries in the world for journalists, with more than four dozen killed or gone missing in the past six years.
Because the violence hasn’t stopped and it’s getting worse. She has been vocal against the murders and exile of journalists in Mexico. Other prizes included the Louis M. This was very important to us, that the victims could make the book their own.
Entre las Cenizas will have limited printing but can be downloaded in Spanish for free from the book’s websitewhere the organization has also posted 10 videos that go along with each story. 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.
Yes, it says a lot. For you as a co-editor and contributor of this new book, do you feel that the will to resist was the next step in telling the human side of this period of violence? As the war against the narcotraffickers intensified, the organization refocused to support journalists covering the conflict and to defend freedom of speech.
What do you think is the biggest hidden or ignored problem in the media right now? The use of technology to search for information with greater impact has been important. When that happened we asked ourselves, in what moment did you become disenchanted with this story? It would marceoa very important to be able to unveil the hidden interests of the big media companies, their power relations, for whom they work.
For me it was like the debt I felt I had. Many of us journalists heard people say, I don’t read crnizas, I turn off the TV, and that’s very concerning.
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Historias de Vida en Tiempos de Muerte. I would respond that we must return to the basics, learn about the history of journalism and how it has impacted history, and, above all, remember our ancestors, those journalists of previous generations who carried out great research and achieved change without the technology, money, tools, channels of dissemination that now exist, without the support of huge media enterprises and with the government against them.
And yet they continue to believe they can make a difference. More than 1, journalists from 92 countries have been awarded Nieman Fellowships since the foundation was established in Periodistas de a Pie.
FIrst, we were able to obtain financing. For us as reporters it was a welcome breath of fresh air after six years of having covered the most horrible things, of not understanding, of feeling there is no hope, that there is no future.
What would you rescue from what you saw? What didn’t you find? Tales of Mracela in Times of Death” in Spanish.
Each one of us had a job and it turned out well. Stories of Life in Times of Deathwhich she co-authored and coordinated, tells the story of the Mexicans who have come together to resist the violence in Mexico. Enfre you think it can be written from a different perspective? Ms Turati is the author of several books. In your previous book Fuego Cruzado “Crossfire” in Spanish you took on as an individual author the topic of the human price of the last six years of conflict.
She is a standard-bearer for the journalists who have risked their lives to document the devastating wave of violence in Mexico. The network began to train journalists in ethics, personal safety, cybernetics and how to care for their own emotional well-being — and it encouraged more journalists to organize networks to protect themselves and create strategies to avoid censorship.
And we talked and talked about the text, and we gave ideas on how to improve it until all of us liked it.
We wanted to be well paid, the equivalent of what a narrative magazine pays for an article. It looks like a simple book but it has several tricks and secrets. People are tired of reading about drug trafficking through the lens of the horror.
Publishing houses don’t pay a thing, that made us very angry, any publisher will pay peanuts for a book. However, said Proceso magazine reporter and Periodistas de a Pie co-founder Marcela Turati, the book not only aims to inspire people in Mexico who have sunken into hopelessness, but also other journalists searching to tell stories beyond the narcela. All the project’s participants have worked before in documenting some marceka the most devastating effects of the war on drug traffickers.