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Elyssa Pachico

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Elyssa Pachico manages a team of editors, writers, and translators based in several countries for ICFJ’s website the International Journalists' Network (IJNet). Previously, she worked as the managing editor of InSight Crime, a website that tracks crime and security issues in Latin America. She has also worked as a researcher for The Washington Post, PBS Frontline, and The Nation.

A graduate of Wesleyan University, she grew up in Cali, Colombia and has traveled widely in Latin America. She has an M.A. in journalism from American University.

She is fluent in Spanish and knows basic Portuguese.

Latest Stories

Top media trends to watch out for in 2017

After 2016, a year of flux and upheaval in journalism, take a look at some of our predictions for journalism trends in 2017. 

Elyssa Pachico | January 05, 2017

Mexico's Carmen Aristegui shares tips for journalists fearful of libel lawsuits

Mexican journalist Carmen Aristegui is in legal trouble after her website Aristegui Noticias exposed a high-level corruption scandal. Her advice for journalists fearful of libel suits? "Keep publishing."

Elyssa Pachico | November 14, 2016

What journalists can learn from the 2016 US presidential election

After a shocking presidential election, political journalists can take several lessons away from the 2016 campaign.

Elyssa Pachico | November 11, 2016

Challenges to watch out for when building a news bot

With more news outlets experimenting with chat bots to deliver the news, journalist Eduardo Suarez discusses the challenges behind building Politibot, a bot delivering Spanish-language news via Telegram.

Elyssa Pachico | November 01, 2016

How Latin America's digital journalists are overtaking traditional media

The recepients of this year's "Gabo" journalism awards show how digital journalists are competing with traditional media in Latin America.

Elyssa Pachico | October 19, 2016

How a team of journalists investigated Europe’s EUR1.2 billion arms trade with the Middle East

OCCRP reporters recently collaborated with the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network to uncover Europe's arms trade that sends thousands of tons of arms and ammunition to the Middle East.

Elyssa Pachico | August 04, 2016

Reuters Institute finds the media is more excited about online news video than their audience

A recent survey found that despite heavy investment in online news video, viewers aren't that interested. Nor is video likely to replace text anytime soon or become a major source of cash for newsrooms. 

Elyssa Pachico | July 14, 2016

The most innovative ways that newsrooms covered Brexit

Newsrooms reacted to the U.K.'s vote to the leave the European Union by experimenting with storytelling techniques and other creative ways to cover breaking news.

Elyssa Pachico | June 29, 2016

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