TechCamp Colombia

Transformando Narrativas de la Crisis Migratoria Venezolano

Bogota, Colombia View Map
September 1, 2020-October 8, 2021

Participants from

Brazil; Colombia; Ecuador; Peru; Venezuela


The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) reported that as of November 2019, some 4.6 million Venezuelans have migrated from Venezuela into neighboring countries due to the dire economic circumstances created by the Maduro regime and this number only continues to rise. The tense situation has created a complex and challenging information environment in these countries that host such large numbers of Venezuelan migrants. As the migration of millions of Venezuelans strains local community resources, fear and xenophobia are reportedly growing, creating tensions in communities and threatening the well-being of Venezuelans in those areas.

There is a serious need to work with regional journalists and prepare them with the tools to objectively address covering these emerging challenges. Embassy Bogota, the ECA TechCamp Team, and our partners Kien Y Ke aim to address these issues, by hosting a regional TechCamp to promote balanced and nuanced reporting on the Venezuelan migration to neighboring countries and an understanding of the support of regional governments and the United States to bear the burden.  As the country hosting the largest number of displaced Venezuelans in the region, with more than 1.63 million inside its borders, Colombia is the ideal place to hold a dialogue about the challenges of reporting on the effects of migration. Since 2017, Colombia has also received more than $214 million in U.S. government funding dedicated to meeting the needs of Venezuelans in the region, which has received significant international and national news coverage.  All of these factors make Colombia an interesting study for journalists looking to see how the government, private sector, and non-governmental sector have come together to address this issue and how journalists have struggled to appropriately tell the story of Venezuelan migration in the country.


Training Schedule:

  • September 24th, 2020 - TechCamp Colombia Kickoff + Training 1 // Mariana Santos
  • October 23rd, 2020 - TechCamp Training 2 // Sherizaan Minwalla
  • November 19, 2020 - TechCamp Training 3 // Ana Saavedra
  • January 27, 2021 - TechCamp Training 4 // Lia Valero
  • March 17, 2021 - TechCamp Training 5 // Sandra Crucianelli
  • April 28th, 2021 - Grants Training // ECA TechCamp Team
  • May 20th, 2021 - TechCamp Training 6 // Nathalia Restrepo
  • June 10th, 2021 - TechCamp Training 7 // Luiza Bandeira
  • June 28th, 2021 - TechCamp Training 8 // Sandra Crucianelli
  • October 8th, 2021 - TechCamp Closing Ceremony

Recordings & Press:

Sesión 1: (Mariana Santos – Project Management and Online Tools) (Gestión de proyectos y herramientas en línea)
Tema: TechCamp Colombia Kickoff and Training with Mariana Santos
Fecha : Sep 24, 2020 10:42 AM
Grabación de la Reunión:
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Sesión 2: Sherizaan Minwalla (Reporting in Conflict Zones/Ethical Reporting) (Reportaje en zonas de conflicto/reportaje ético)
Tema: TechCamp Colombia Training 2 (Sherizaan Minwalla)
Fecha :  Oct 23, 2020 10:42 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Grabación de la Reunión:
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Sesión  3: Ana Maria Saavedra (judicial investigations) (Investigaciones judiciales)
Tema:TechCamp Colombia Training 3
Fecha : Nov 19, 2020 01:36 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Grabación de la Reunión:
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Sesión 4 : Lia Valero (Investigative Journalism 101) (Periodismo Investigativo)
Tema: TechCamp Colombia Training 4 (Lia Valero - Investigative Journalism)
Fecha :  Enero 27, 2021 02:12 PM Bogotá
Grabación de la Reunión:
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Sesión 5 Sandra Crucianelli Topic: TechCamp Training 5 (Data Journalism with Sandra Crucianelli)
Date: Mar 17, 2021 02:43 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Meeting Recording:
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Sesión 7 Topic: Video Storytelling and Production with Nathalia Restrepo (TechCamp Colombia)
Date: May 20, 2021 01:46 PM Bogota
Meeting Recording:
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Sesión 8 Topic: TechCamp Training 8 (Countering Disinformation with Luiza Bandeira (Atlantic Council))
Date: Jun 10, 2021 01:48 PM Bogota
Meeting Recording:
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Sesión 9 Topic: TechCamp Training 9 (Intermediate Data Journalism with Sandra Crucianelli
Date: Jun 28, 2021 01:43 PM
Meeting Recording:
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