Challenge: How can we find and connect new journalism talent from an independent platform?
Juan Pablo Meneses is founder of the School of Portable Journalism, an online platform he started in 2009 in Buenos Aires to host narrative writing workshops and help young writers with Latin American news publishers. The idea sprang from his own experiences as a young writer trying to find work as a full-time journalist. After a few years of juggling other jobs with writing, and dreaming of being a traveling reporter, Meneses in 2000 won a magazine writing contest. He used the $5,000 award to buy a laptop, a camera and a one-way ticket to Spain. He studied journalism at the Autonomous University of Barcelona and began working on his first book. After moving to Buenos Aires a few years later, he participated in workshops led by prominent Latin American journalists and writers. In time, he was asked to lead workshops and that prompted his creation of the School of Portable Journalism. More than 500 students around the world have been through the program, and Meneses has built alliances with several top Latin American news publishers.