Author: Natalie Van Hoozer

COVID-19: Uncharted territory for freelance photojournalists

April 16, 2020

Published with the International Journalists Network, this story is also available in Spanish.

This piece was cross-posted by the American Society of Media Photographers.

Before the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, photojournalists around the world already faced challenging working conditions. Job security was waning, pay was minimal and a majority felt physically unsafe at least sometimes while on the job, according to a 2018 report by World Press Photo. (more…)

Journalists create collaborative digital projects to document Chile’s unrest

November 27, 2019

Published with the International Journalists Network, this story is also available in SpanishPortugueseRussian, and other languages. 

Starting October 18, 2019, protests have rocked Chile, with citizens expressing frustration over systemic quality of life issues in the country. Chileans continue to take to the streets demanding lower transportation prices, increased pensions and reformed healthcare. (more…)

How to use Reddit in your reporting

October 8, 2019

Published with the International Journalists Network, this story is also available in Spanish, Portuguese, Russian, and other languages. 

Reddit is a space for discussion and sharing information. Journalists are trying to engage with that audience. Newsrooms including The Washington Post and USA Today use it, and while in office, President Obama even participated in a questions-and-answer session on the site called an “Ask Me Anything,” or an “AMA.” (more…)

Watercolor and pen drawing of an outline of a newspaper.

Use structured journalism to cover complex, ongoing stories

November 26, 2018

Published with the International Journalists’ Network.

When covering complex, ongoing stories, such as outbreaks of violence and criminal trials, journalists typically have far more information than they can squeeze into the average daily news story. The result: a series of oftentimes repetitive, perishable articles that may ignore or oversimplify the bigger picture. (more…)

A wold map with pins in it.

Cross-border data journalism tips, tools and tricks

October 11, 2018

Published with the International Journalists’ Network.

Collaborating across countries and time zones is challenging and requires clear and efficient communication — something the team at Code For Africa (C4A) knows well. As the continent’s largest data journalism and civic technology initiative, C4A’s leaders, such as ICFJ Knight Fellow Jacopo Ottaviani, have developed methods to make it easier. (more…)

Digital News Organization Reaches Local Community With Bilingual Reporting

April 5, 2018

Published with the International Journalists Network. 

When I tell people I report in English and Spanish for an NPR member station, they are usually surprised. As a student at the University of Nevada, Reno, I work for both Reno Public Radio(KUNR) and Noticiero Móvil — a bilingual Spanish-English digital news organization run by the Reynolds School of Journalism.

After wrapping up the collaborative project’s first full year, my colleagues and I reflected on what we have learned so far: (more…)

Self-Deportation: From Nevada to Mexico, A Son Follows A Deported Father

March 7, 2018

Published with the Reynolds Media Lab.

After his father was detained by ICE, Victor Hugo Manuel Alcantara self-deported from Las Vegas, Nevada, to San Francisco Cheje, Mexico, to keep his family together. Article by Natalie Van Hoozer with additional reporting by Guillermo Bautista.

A One-Way Ticket After High School Graduation

A few days after his high school graduation in Las Vegas, Victor Hugo Manuel Alcantara and his mother Yolanda Alcantara Gil booked one-way tickets to Mexico. (more…)

Charo Henriquez on Bilingual Reporting, Crisis Coverage in Puerto Rico and Newsroom Diversity

November 14, 2017

Originally published on the Reynolds Media Lab. 

Natalie Van Hoozer recently caught up with senior editor of digital storytelling and training at the New York Times Charo Henriquez at ONA 2017.

Note: This interview was translated from Spanish and has been edited for clarity and conciseness.

Q: What was your motivation to start a career in journalism?

I didn’t know that I wanted to be a journalist. Even when I was little, I really liked to write and thought that I’d be a writer. When I was looking at higher education possibilities for university, I thought of journalism. (more…)

2016 Caucus Coverage

Published February 21, 2016 by Teen Vogue. caucus-screen-grab-cropped

That’s right. We’re the best in the west. Nevada is the fist western state to caucus and third behind the New Hampshire primaries. While we’re miles away from all the action on the East coast, we set the tone for other caucuses moving forward. We don’t have as many delegates as other states, but what we do have matters. The people chosen to represent Sanders and Clinton in Nevada will go on to represent them at the national Democratic convention in Las Vegas later this year.

And perhaps because there are brightly lit casinos around us, if there had been a tie between Clinton and Sanders, precinct leaders would have drawn cards to break it, instead of flipping a coin like Iowa. Nevada is an incredibly diverse state; we have the highest number of undocumented citizens in the entire country… (more…)