Entrepreneurial Data Journalist Miguel Paz to Join Faculty

  • By Newmark J-School Staff
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The CUNY Graduate School of Journalism has appointed Miguel Paz, an investigative journalist and digital media strategist, as a distinguished lecturer specializing in data journalism and multimedia storytelling.

A native of Chile, Paz was named to the full-time faculty position after a seven-month search.

“We are thrilled to have Miguel join our faculty,” said Sarah Bartlett, Dean of the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism. “He is a leader in using innovative approaches to data journalism to build more vibrant, transparent communities. He will build on our strengths in interactive, entrepreneurial and social journalism.”

Paz is the founder of the data journalism website Poderopedia, created through a 2011 Knight News Challenge grant. The site keeps track of who’s who in business and politics in Chile, Colombia and Venezuela, provides open-source software and advises newsrooms and civic organizations.

He is also president of Poderomedia Foundation, which promotes the use of new technologies to rethink journalism.

He is the creator of the Hacks/Hackers chapter in Santiago, the co-founder of OpenDataLatinoamerica.org and a Start-Up Chile winner.

In 2014, he was selected to be a Nieman Berkman Fellow for Innovation in Journalism and spent one year studying at Harvard and in the MIT Media Lab about new data visualization models and innovative news startups.

He was also an International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) Knight International Journalism Fellow from March 2013 to February 2014.

Paz has 17 years of experience as a reporter and editor. He was deputy director of ElMostrador.cl, Chile’s first digital-only news organization; deputy editor of La Nación Domingo; co-founder of El Periodista magazine and co-creator of Caras EGO.

Since 2005, he has taught graduate and undergraduate journalism students at four Chilean universities and has been a visiting professor at two universities in Colombia.

“The CUNY Graduate School of Journalism is a leading and fast-paced organization, eager to innovate and experiment with technology, storytelling, product development and new business models,” said Paz. “I am honored to join the school and its amazing faculty members in their goal of reshaping the way we teach, learn and do journalism for and with our communities.”

For more information, contact Simon Heathcote, executive director of communications and marketing, at simon.heathcote@journalism.cuny.edu