2014-2015 IWMF Elizabeth Neuffer Fellow
Freelance journalist, Guatemala
Louisa Reynolds, the 2014-15 IWMF Elizabeth Neuffer Fellow, is an independent journalist based in Guatemala City, Guatemala. Reynolds is the tenth recipient of the annual fellowship.
Reynolds, 33, has worked as a reporter for eight years. Since 2011, she has contributed regularly to Latinamerica Press / Noticias Aliadas, Inter-Press Service, Plaza Pública, Proseco, El Periódico, and other publications. Previously, she was a reporter for El Periódico and an editor for Inforpress Centroamericana.
Since launching her freelance career three years ago, she has focused on human rights cases, such as violations committed during the civil war, as well as femicide and gender-based violence.
“I strongly believe that journalism can act as a powerful instrument for change by highlighting injustice and also by finding stories that prove that a transformation is possible,” Reynolds stated. In addition to studying human rights issues, Reynolds seeks a deeper knowledge of data journalism and multimedia in order to create an interactive media project that will allow victims of violence to tell their own stories through an online platform.
“Hopefully with the skills that I gain during this fellowship, [the interactive media project] can start to take shape and I can have the technology and the tools that I need to work on this. Really, for me it’s a question of giving the victims of violence a voice to tell their own stories in their own words using digital media,” she said. (Read full interview with Reynolds.)
Reynolds holds a Master’s degree in Latin American Studies from the Institute for the Study of the Americas and a Bachelor’s degree in Modern Languages from University College London.
Follow Louisa Reynolds on Twitter: @ReynoldsLouisa
Malgorzata “Maggie” Padlewska is the runner-up for the 2014/15 IWMF Elizabeth Neuffer Fellow.
Interview with Louisa Reynolds | 2014-2015 IWMF Elizabeth Neuffer Fellow
March 31, 2015: Reynolds talks to the IWMF
on the last day of her fellowship