In 2016, the Santiago Center teamed up with Columbia’s Journalism School and Universidad Diego Portales’ (UDP) Journalism School to put together a series of conferences and workshops entitled “The Future of Journalism,” (El Futuro del Peridismo) focusing on key issues related to challenges and opportunities faced by traditional media due to the advent of cutting-edge technologies, digital content, social media, empowered consumers and fake news, among other topics. The series targets local students, practitioners and editors conducted and feature Columbia faculty members, researchers and alumni.
The series was launched in September 2016 on the occasion of the visit of Professor Duy Linh Tu, Director of Digital Media at Columbia’s School of Journalism, who lectured on "The Future of News Coverage" and met with editors and journalists from the main Chilean media outlets. Later in November, Emily Bell, Director of the Tow Center for Digital Journalism, Emily Bell, spoke on "How to Save Facebook Journalism (and Democracy)" and held a series of meetings with women journalists, digital media publishers and faculty members from the local Journalism Schools. During Emily Bell’s visit, we launched the website elfuturodelperiodismo.udp.cl, which some of the Tow Center reports translated into Spanish.
Among the conferences planned for the second semester of 2017 are those offered by Professor Daniel Alarcón, editor of the podcast Radio Ambulante; Ernest Sotomayor, Dean of Student Affairs and director of Latin America Initiatives at Columbia’s Journalism School; and Gisela Winkler, a scientist from the Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory who teaches the modules on how to cover climate change in the M.A. Science Concentration offered by Columbia’s J-School.
The Series on ““The Future of Journalism”will continue throughout 2018.
In addition to this series, the Center supported an investigative journalism one-week course organized by the Journalism School in conjunction with the Gabriel García Márquez Foundation for Ibero-American New Journalism (FNPI), which took place in Cartagena de Indias, Colombia, in mid-March 2017, by awarding scholarships to two Chilean journalists to participate in it. It has agreed to continue supporting this initiative.