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Florencia Coelho

María Florencia Coelho ('19)

new media research and training manager, La Nación, Buenos Aires, Argentina (Knight Latin American Fellow)

There is an urgent need to train newsrooms about opportunities and challenges presented by AI to fullfill their watchdog role over governments and corporations.

María Florencia Coelho is a lawyer turned digital media innovator and open data enthusiast. Since 2006, she has worked as the new media research and training manager for La Nación, one of Argentina’s major national news outlets. In her role, she fosters the newsroom’s embrace of digital tools for research and reporting. She also co-founded La Nación Data, a project that helped pioneer data journalism in Latin America. From 2010 to 2015, she directed the digital chapter for Universidad Torcuato Di Tella’s master’s in journalism program. She also translated the first Data Journalism Handbook — an original initiative of the Open Knowledge Foundation and the European Journalism Centre — into Spanish. She is a founding member of Hacks/Hackers Argentina, one of the largest chapters in the world. She is a member of the Online News Association and has served as a judge for the Online Journalism Awards.  

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Posts by Florencia

What I’ve learned about AI and why journalists should care

And why I’m excited about satellite imagery, the environment, and human rights (7 minute read)

Artificial intelligence and education

How AI can serve as the subject of an investigation or as a reporting tool for journalism (4 minute read)

Coping with impostor syndrome

How I survived the ‘Circle of Death’ and hacked the JSK Fellowship (4 minute read)

Read @florenciacoelho on Medium.

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