Student and Journalist Collaboration Breaks New Ground Reporting on Lynching in Bolivia
Posted: November 21, 2013
Bolivia: Los linchados de El Alto, written by PhD student and Beca Anfibia recipient Jorge Derpic (Department of Sociology) in collaboration with journalist Alex Ayala and published in Revista Anfibia, investigates lynching in Bolivia, a topic about which little has been published.
The pilot scholarship, created by LLILAS and Revista Anfibia, provided Derpic the opportunity to spend the summer in Bolivia working with Ayala. Their work included many interviews: with survivors; a police officer in the homicide division, Esteban Ticona; Bolivian sociologist Juan Yhonny Mollericona; and Daniel Goldstein, professor of anthropology at Rutgers. Together they present a disturbing account of the silence or conflicting explanations behind the ongoing killings and attempted murders—one report indicating that there could be as many as 1–4 per month.
While working with Ayala, Derpic learned the requirements and nuances of putting the historical background research and present-day interviews together to write the crónica, an in-depth journalistic report.
LLILAS and Revista Anfibia plan to evaluate the beca on an annual basis. For more information about the scholarship, contact Paloma Díaz.