CLACS M.A. student Juan Victor Fajardo recently interviewed Bolivia’s Minister of Foreign Relations, David Choquehuanca, for the Latin American News Dispatch.
In the interview, Foreign Minister Choquehuanca spoke at length about Bolivia’s extradition request for ex-president Gonzalo Sanchez de Lozada to the U.S. government, and the future of lithium reserves in the Uyuni salt deposit. He also commented on the lowland indigenous march in defense of the Isiboro Secure Reserve (TIPNIS), which occurred before the indigenous march successfully overturned the Bolivian government’s plan to build a major highway through the ecological reserve.
This interview, moreover, forms part of the preparatory steps to organize a panel discussion on, “Environmental Politics Under Evo Morales: Buen Vivir vs New Extractivism” in February 2012. This panel is a collaborative initiative of CLACS M.A. students and faculty.
The Latin America News Dispatch was founded by four graduate students in the Global Joint Master’s program in Journalism and Latin American Studies at New York University. L.A.N.D. produces original news stories about Latin America, the Caribbean, U.S. foreign policy, and Hispanics in the United States. Visit the website to sign up for “Today in Latin America”, a daily digest of news stories about Latin America, the Caribbean, and Latina/o immigration issues in the U.S.
Posted by Pamela Calla – Visiting Associate Professor at CLACS at NYU
Ex-president of Colombia and visiting scholar at Georgetown University, Álvaro Uribe Vélez. (Image: Center for American Progress @ Flickr.)
In the U.S., journalism is rapidly evolving to meet the demands of a technological age, and CLACS journalism students are at the forefront of innovating the field. In November 2009, CLACS students Andrew O’Reilly, Roque Planas, Mari Hayman, and Rachel Brooks-Ames launched an innovative online news source to produce original news pieces about Latin American and Hispanic immigrants in the U.S.
A year later, the Latin American News Dispatch (L.A.N.D.) is a sophisticated online news site with daily, breaking news on Latin America, and features reporting by foreign correspondents, U.S. based journalists and NYU journalism students and alums.
This week, L.A.N.D. achieved a major milestone. Roque Planas, co-founder and Managing Director of L.A.N.D., broke international news with an investigative news piece regarding Colombian ex-president Alvaro Uribe.
“On our first year anniversary, the Latin America News Dispatch broke an international story. That’s pretty awesome,” Planas said.