In 2016, the Santiago Center teamed up with Columbia University’s Journalism School and the Journalism School of Universidad Diego Portales (UDP) to offer a series of conferences and workshops on the Future of Journalism.
During 2018, the following public events were held in the context of this ongoing series:
- In May, Marina Walker, who directed the Pulitzer Prize-winning Panama Papers journalistic investigation, visited Chile for two days of workshops, lectures and press appearances.
- Journalists Andrea Insunza, Paula Molina and Francisca Skoknic –creators of the news chatbot LaBot, the first of its kind in Chile– presented their project at Columbia School of Journalism’s Tow Center for Digital Journalism in New York City.
- Todd Gitlin - US activist, teacher and intellectual, and chair of the Columbia University School of Journalism's Ph.D. program in Communications – presented on “Journalism, Social Movements and the Reshaping of the Public Sphere."
- In October, Chilean journalist and CNN Chile anchor Daniel Matamala was invited by the Center and the Latin American Studies Association (LASA) to speak on campus about Chilean citizens’ relationships with the political, economic and business elite.
- Alejandra Matus, an investigative journalist from Chile and the Weiss Fellow for Visiting International Scholars at Barnard, delivered a speech in October on the evolution of fake news and the responsibility of journalists in the digital age.
Also, for the second year in a row, the Center awarded two scholarships for an Investigative Reporting Course organized by Columbia University’s Journalism School and the Colombia-based Fundación Gabriel García Márquez para el Nuevo Periodismo Ibeoramericano (FNPI). This program took place in Cartagena de Indias on March 5-16 and covered the elements of investigative journalism, from how to conceive an investigative project to the techniques used throughout the reporting process. Beneficiaries of the scholarships were Michelle Carrere and Boris Bezama.