Solicitan asistente de corresponsal para periodista de Al Jazeera – BBC

Solicitan periodista bilingue, con experiencia, para servir como asistente informativo de corresponsal de Al Jazeera- BBC que estaá cubirendo las elecciones presidenciales del próximo 7 de octubre.



– Experiencia mínima de 2 años

– Amplios contactos con diversas áreas políticas y sociales del país.

-Disponibilidad completa por 10 días, incluido el 7 de octubre de 2012.

Interesados favor enviar resúmen curricular al Lic. Atanasios Melimopoulos al correo electrónico al teléfono 0416-6238271. 

Plan de cobertura del corresponsal

Venezuela coverage plan

September 30 mid-day, begin work in Caracas

Story: Why is Venezuela so polarised?

Summary: Elections are often divisive but the level of animosity between supporters of the government and the opposition in Venezuela is unprecedented. I will interview political psychologists, activists from both camps and average people on the reasons for this polarization and its effect on national debate. About 1200 words

Deadline: September 31 evening Venezuela time

Story: Vox pops with voters

Summary: I will talk to and photograph voters in different areas of Caracas about what issues are important to them in the election. I will make sure to get a diverse cross-section of society. About 800 words.

Deadline: October 1

Story: Live from the barrios, visiting the Bolivarian support base

Summary: I will visit one of the slums on the outskirts of Caracas where support for the government is strongest. I will look at how various programmes – including Cuban doctors who provide free healthcare – are financed. And why supporters are so passionate about Chavez. I will be sure to provide members of the opposition with an opportunity to respond and layout their plan for improving the lives of Venezuela’s poor. Will include a photo essay. About 1200 words

Deadline: October 2

Story: The student movement

Summary: Many students initially supporter the Chavez government in 1999. Today, many believe that he has dictatorial tendencies. Unlike other groups, the loyalty of students does not naturally fall with either the government or the opposition. The poor will support Chavez and the elite and upward looking middle classes will oppose him. But students could go either way. I will take the pulse of student engagement in the election by visiting universities and talking to students from various backgrounds. About 1200 words

Deadline: October 3

Story: Inside the country with the world’s largest oil reserves

Summary: Oil is the life blood of Venezuela’s economy. Earlier this year, the oil company BP confirmed that Venezuela now has the largest oil reserves on earth, surpassing Saudi Arabia for the first time. I am hoping to travel to the Orinoco belt, site of the heavy oil reserves which allowed Venezuela’s top spot. This trip would have to be organized with the state oil company, PDVSA. I want to talk to their officials about how they plan to extract the hard to reach oil, after they made the business climate difficult for foreign oil companies. About 1500 words

If I cannot go to the Orinoco, I will file a piece looking at the state of the country’s oil industry, where I will interview former PDVSA officials and analysts inside and outside the Venezuela.

 Deadline: October 5

Blog: The Iranian connection

Iran’s president has called Chavez a “brother and a trenchmate” and there are now direct flights between Tehran and Caracas. Apparently, large numbers of Iranians are now in the capital. I will visit a cafe/restaurant frequented by the Iranian community and ask them and Venezuelans in nearby areas, what they think of the newfound friendship. About 700 words.

Story: Election day preview

Summary: 800 word news story previewing the election with colour from the country and a photo essay. To be filed with the news desk.

Deadline: October 6

Story: Election day wrap

Summary: 900 word feature piece looking at the how things went on voting day. Throughout the day I will be tweeting and sending quotes for the live blog and news lines to the desk.

Deadline: October 7, late at night local time

Story: Has Venezuela mortgaged its future?

Summary: Whoever wins the election, oil will be key to Venezuela’s future. However, Citgo, the state oil company’s branch in the US, is giving away free oil to poor Americans. The country is providing Cuba 90,000 barrels of oil a day, in exchange for doctors who work in poor areas. China has given Venezuela billions in loans which are paid directly with crude oil. Even Belarus is getting free crude. Meanwhile, PDVSA, the state oil company was not paid directly for almost half of the crude it pumped last year. Is the government using oil money sensibly? I will talk to energy analysts, bond market traders, social activists and other groups about how the country has spent its oil wealth.

Deadline: October 9

Story: How will elections affect Latin American integration?

Summary With left of centre governments ruling most South American countries, how will this election affect regional integration? Chavez has used oil money to finance projects around the region, specifically the Bolivarian Alliance for the Americas (ALBA) comprising Bolivia, Venezuela and Ecuador. Can this project exist if a different government is elected in Venezuela? And how do people in Venezuela feel about these kinds of initiatives?

Deadline: October 10, filed right before I fly out

Other possible stories:

Has Chavez been soft on the war on drugs?

Margarita island: A smugglers paradise

The ‘Svengalis’ behind Chavez

Two men, Bernard Mommer – who came from the Oxford Energy Institute and is now a key figure at the state oil company (PDVSA) and Alan Woods, a former professor at the University of Cardiff, have apparently become key intellectual architects of policy under Chavez. I want to meet these two – who are not Venezuelans – and see what drives them and then gauge reaction to their policies.


Battle for Venezuela’s media

When Chavez first took office, the entire private media lined up against him. Some went as far to say that he was having a homosexual relationship with Fidel Castro. Since the coup attempt in 2002, the government has attempted to regulate the media in a stronger way, buttressing state TV and curtailing access for private channels. This has led to accusations of censorship. The media struggle reflects Venezuela’s polarization and foreign policy, through the launching of Telesur. I will talk to journalists from state and private media, average media consumers and experts inside and outside Venezuela to see how the media reflects a divided country in the Chavez era.

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