The Voice of Guanacaste receives a grant to promote artificial intelligence and to be innovative with young audiences

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Translator: Arianna Hernández

The Voice of Guanacaste is one of seven media outlets in Latin America that have been awarded grants by the International Fund for Public Interest Media (IFPIM).

With the funds, we will continue to develop GuanaData, our investigative journalism and artificial intelligence project, we will experiment with innovative formats that bring quality information to younger audiences and we will strengthen our nonprofit financing alternatives.

IFPIM selected The Voice as a leading independent media outlet experimenting with promising innovations for greater economic resilience.

The Voice has demonstrated its leadership in regional journalism from different perspectives: investigation, data journalism, solutions journalism and podcasts. At the same time, we have been involved in cross-border investigative projects and we promote community unity activities to help the province progress.

At the end of January, we launched our WhatsApp channel to give our audiences updated information in context as immediately as possible. At the end of 2023, we also launched our TikTok account, which joins our other networks: Instagram, Facebook, X, YouTube, and our newsletters: the biweekly one and Nosara.

IFPIM’s mission is to promote a change in the way emerging media outlets are financed and to provide support to ensure that they remain independent, inclusive and resilient. Its vision is for people around the world to access trustworthy information through media outlets that defend the public interest.

IFPIM points out that in recent years, independent media have faced increasing political attacks, financial challenges and weakened business models. When independent media become weakened, this impacts the entire society, democracy is threatened and corruption can be expected to increase.

The grant for The Voice of Guanacaste is for two years, and we are excited and happy to undertake this new challenge to extend quality journalism to every corner of Guanacaste.