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Thursday, March 21, 2019
|Edgardo Ayala has been reporting for IPS in El Salvador since 2009. He is a talented and versatile multimedia journalist, specializing in in-depth journalism with a special focus on human rights as well as social and political issues within the broader Central American region.
Of all the story ideas pitched to him, you can be sure that Edgardo’s work will always guarantee quality, multiple points of view and a human touch.
“OK, when do you need it?” is his standard answer, whether he is asked to go to the most remote fishing community to report on how women have changed water management, to analyze the impact that mining has on the environment, to make a report or a video on geothermal energy in the Central American region, or to create an experimental multimedia project about migration.
“Journalism is my passion, the trade with which I try to contribute, from trenches of information, to the development of a better El Salvador, and of a Central American region that, after decades of ideological clashes, tries to leave behind that past and build the foundations to achieve more just and democratic societies,” says Edgardo.
For him, “IPS is the journalistic platform that allows me to write about issues that are crucial for human development, Â but those issues are ignore by mainstream media, issues such as the struggle of the communities for access to water, or their efforts to confront and mitigate the effects of climate change on th
“What I value most about IPS,” he says, “is that there is no traditional policy that forces me to focus on a topic that favours privileged economic sectors, as frequently happens in traditional local media.”
He adds that, “I also value very much the fact that IPS promotes an alternative journalistic agenda, with top-quality journalism from around the world, without corporate manipulations behind it, spreading and helping to understand the problems that trouble the peoples of the world.”
When talking about his work for IPS, Edgardo says that “what I would most highlight is that effort to go to the original sources of information, which in our case are, for the most part, voices coming from rural communities, women’s organizations, ethnic minorities, environmental groups, human rights associations, etc … ”
“I am very pleased that, months after having produced a story, I meet people I interviewed and they thank me because their story, their effort, their project, was known in other parts of the world, and that has helped them to develop it even more,” he adds.