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Claudia Zaldaña

San Salvador, El Salvador
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About Claudia
I am a journalist with 22 years of experience in different areas of communications and in humanitarian short films production.

I work as a freelancer on assignments such as filming, scripts, production, video editing, professional photography, news writing, news video and as a fixer when needed.

I have worked for different national and international media agencies, newspapers and TV.

My experience includes coverage of events with issues related to the environment, climate change and disaster risk reduction at a national and international level.  

I have participated in international events related to Climate Change (COP of Peru and France) and events of Disaster Risk Reduction (Holland, Ecuador and Japan).  

I have experience in the design of communication strategies, transmedia advocacy campaigns and strategies for social media.  

During the last years I have specialized in the facilitation of participatory video workshops for communities and youth, as well as in producing humanitarian documentaries and systematization in photo and video of social development projects.  

I have experience in facilitating workshops in different themes of communications, such as video, script, production, video editing, photography, among other topics, especially for youth, children and people from vulnerable communities or those at social risk.

I have worked for BBC Mundo, BBC London, Univision, Xingua Agency News, UNICEF, OXFAM, UNDP, PMA and others.
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Video Package (Web / Broadcast) Audio package (Radio / Podcast) Interview (Video / Broadcast)
Politics Natural Disasters Media Training

Diseases such as Zika, dengue or chikungunya cause alarm every year, according to organizations such as the World Health Organization. El Salvador joined the list of countries that implement a program to reduce the incidence of these diseases.

El Salvador Media Come Under Attack in Election Year

22 Mar 2024  |  www.voanews.com
Journalists in El Salvador face increasing harassment and attacks, with a 40% rise in such incidents in 2023, according to the Journalists Association of El Salvador (APES). APES President Angelica Carcamo reported over 223 cases in 2023, including threats, blocking from events, and online harassment, particularly against female journalists. Freelance reporter Marvin Diaz experienced intimidation while covering a vote count. President Nayib Bukele, speaking at a U.S. conference, claimed El Salvador has press freedom but emphasized journalists' responsibility. El Salvador is ranked 115th on the World Press Freedom Index, and Reporters Without Borders notes violence against reporters and government harassment.

Officialism achieves majority in the Congress of El Salvador

20 Feb 2024  |  www.vozdeamerica.com
The Supreme Electoral Tribunal of El Salvador has officially announced the final results of the legislative elections, nearly two weeks after the polls. The ruling party has secured the majority of seats in the Legislative Assembly.

Salvadoran Mangrove Dying Due to Climate Change Impact

Complex scenario precedes the arrival to power of Bernardo Arévalo in Guatemala

12 Jan 2024  |  www.vozdeamerica.com
In Guatemala, the process for the inauguration of President-elect Bernardo Arévalo and his running mate, Karin Herrera, has been fraught with challenges. Since being declared winners in the elections, the duo has faced numerous difficulties.

Salvadorans abroad vote to elect president and members of congress

10 Jan 2024  |  www.vozdeamerica.com
Salvadorans living abroad are participating in the electoral process to choose the president and members of congress.

Government of El Salvador Continues to Bet on Bitcoin

02 Jan 2024  |  vozdeamerica.com
Bitcoin maintains its status as legal tender in El Salvador, though it has not gained significant traction among Salvadorans in 2023. Despite this, the government continues to introduce initiatives aimed at attracting foreign investment.

El Salvador's National Library attracts visitors, even without access to books

19 Dec 2023  |  vozdeamerica.com
El Salvador has inaugurated a new National Library which is attracting many Salvadorans who line up to enter. However, they are not yet allowed to stay and read within the facilities and can only visit through a guided tour.

From private secretary to temporary replacement for Bukele in El Salvador: Who is Claudia Rodríguez de Guevara?

05 Dec 2023  |  www.vozdeamerica.com
Claudia Juana Rodríguez de Guevara, previously Nayib Bukele's private secretary, has been appointed as the interim president of El Salvador while Bukele seeks reelection on February 4. Her appointment has sparked controversy, with opposition claiming it violates the Constitution. Rodríguez de Guevara, who has a background in business administration and accounting, has been part of Bukele's close circle for years and held financial management positions during his mayoral terms. Despite being relatively unknown to the public, she will lead the country for the next six months. The Salvadoran Congress approved Bukele's proposal, making her the first woman to serve as interim president until May 31, 2024. Concurrently, Bukele has been granted a six-month leave by Congress to focus on his reelection campaign, despite constitutional prohibitions.

Climate change impacts Salvadoran coastal lands

Bukele Temporarily Leaves Presidency to Dedicate Himself to His Electoral Campaign

30 Nov 2023  |  Voz de América
In El Salvador, President Nayib Bukele is about to leave his office for six months to dedicate himself to his political campaign, although it is still unknown who will take over the country during his absence.

Megaprison in El Salvador receives the first 2,000 inmates

01 Oct 2023  |  www.vozdeamerica.com
The transfer of the first 2,000 inmates to the new Center for Confinement of Terrorism in El Salvador, the largest prison in Latin America built by President Nayib Bukele, has sparked both applause and concerns over human rights.

Preliminary vote count declared failed in El Salvador

01 Oct 2023  |  www.vozdeamerica.com
The Supreme Electoral Tribunal in El Salvador declared the preliminary vote count from last Sunday's elections as failed due to various issues in their data transmission system. Authorities will open the ballot boxes and conduct a manual count, vote by vote.

US Peace Corps returns to El Salvador after 7 years

01 Oct 2023  |  www.vozdeamerica.com
El Salvador and the United States have agreed to reestablish the operations of the US Peace Corps in El Salvador. The Peace Corps had withdrawn in 2016 due to high levels of insecurity and crime in the Central American country.

Salvadoran journalist imprisoned for almost a year resumes professional activity

29 Aug 2023  |  vozdeamerica.com
A journalist in El Salvador resumes professional activities after being released on bail, having been imprisoned for almost a year. The prosecutor's office accuses him of belonging to gangs, which he denies. The case is seen by the profession as another violation against the press.

Salvadoran Youth Excel in Science and Mathematics

17 May 2023  |  www.vozdeamerica.com
Three Salvadoran youths have been recognized for their outstanding performance in physics, chemistry, and mathematics, winning international medals and recently being admitted to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Former President Funes to Face New Trial in El Salvador

02 May 2023  |  vozdeamerica.com
Former Salvadoran President Mauricio Funes will face a new hearing on May 15 for money laundering and asset laundering. This will be the third trial in less than a year, conducted in absentia as the former president has enjoyed political asylum in Nicaragua since 2016.

Controversy over Salvadoran Congress's decision to invite YouTubers to cover sessions

27 Apr 2023  |  www.vozdeamerica.com
In El Salvador, controversy has arisen over the Congress's decision to invite YouTubers to cover plenary sessions. The government claims it aims to promote press freedom, while the journalistic community reports challenges in performing their duties.

Farmer Teaches Practices Against Climate Change in Her Community

20 Apr 2023  |  vozdeamerica.com
In El Salvador, a farmer is working for the environment and her community by taking care of her own crops and teaching others how to implement good practices to face the impact of climate change.

El Salvador: Uncertainty over possible reduction of municipalities and deputies

11 Apr 2023  |  www.vozdeamerica.com
In El Salvador, there is uncertainty following a proposal by the ruling party to reduce the number of municipalities and deputies currently making up the legislative assembly.

Families of Salvadoran victims of the fire in Ciudad Juárez demand justice

30 Mar 2023  |  www.vozdeamerica.com
In El Salvador, families of the 12 migrants affected by the fire in Ciudad Juárez are hoping for justice and assistance from Salvadoran authorities in repatriating their loved ones.

They demand that the IACHR do justice in the case 'Beatriz vs El Salvador'

24 Mar 2023  |  www.vozdeamerica.com
The article demands that the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACHR) deliver justice in the case of 'Beatriz vs El Salvador,' highlighting the human rights implications and the need for legal resolution. The case involves Beatriz, whose situation has drawn significant attention and advocacy for her rights.

El Salvador's New Mega Prison Sparks Controversy

13 Mar 2023  |  Voice of America
El Salvador has constructed the largest maximum-security prison in Latin America under President Nayib Bukele's orders, aiming to reduce crime and gang activity. While the initiative has contributed to decreased violence, it has also sparked human rights concerns.

Becky Soundy, the first deaf YouTuber from El Salvador

08 Mar 2023  |  www.vozdeamerica.com
In El Salvador, a 29-year-old special education teacher has become the country's first deaf YouTuber. Claudia Zaldaña reports on the story of Becky Soundy.

How does hosting events like Miss Universe benefit the Salvadoran economy?

09 Feb 2023  |  vozdeamerica.com
El Salvador is set to host two international events this year: the Miss Universe pageant and the Central American and Caribbean Games. While some Salvadorans anticipate that these events will strengthen the local economy, others believe they will not yield any benefits.

New prison opened in El Salvador

07 Feb 2023  |  www.vozdeamerica.com
The opening of a new prison in El Salvador has sparked various reactions, with some analysts expressing concerns about the human rights situation of the inmates, most of whom are alleged gang members.

Central American economy slows down

27 Jan 2023  |  www.vozdeamerica.com
Central American countries are facing difficulties due to increased inflation and the global economic crisis. The Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (CEPAL) projects an economic slowdown for the region in 2023.

Women from coastal communities in El Salvador work to protect their natural resources

29 Dec 2022  |  www.vozdeamerica.com
In a coastal area of El Salvador, a group of women are working to mitigate the impact of climate change on their communities. Claudia Zaldaña provides more details about this project.

President Bukele ends the year with the approval of Salvadorans

28 Dec 2022  |  www.vozdeamerica.com
Many Salvadorans view President Nayib Bukele's management positively, despite national and international organizations pointing out multiple human rights violations in the execution of some of his measures.

Expectations on the Free Trade Agreement between China and El Salvador

23 Nov 2022  |  www.vozdeamerica.com
Exporters and other associations in El Salvador are awaiting the outcome of negotiations that the country has initiated with China to sign a Free Trade Agreement.

State of Exception in El Salvador

27 Oct 2022  |  vozdeamerica.com
El Salvador has approved the State of Exception for the seventh time, allowing the government to arrest thousands of suspected gang members. Despite allegations of abuse, a recent survey revealed that the Salvadoran population supports the measure.

Electronic voting mechanism approved for Salvadorans abroad

19 Oct 2022  |  www.vozdeamerica.com
Salvadoran expatriates will be able to vote electronically in the 2024 legislative and presidential elections. The Congress, with a majority from the ruling party, adopted the law, but the opposition claims it opens the door to electoral fraud.

Rains leave death and destruction in El Salvador

23 Sep 2022  |  www.vozdeamerica.com
A system of low pressures, clouds, and storms has settled over Central America. Although it is not a tropical storm or depression, it has claimed lives and caused damage. In El Salvador, 11 people have been reported dead, and the alert level has been raised in various areas.

Launch of a Human Library to Prevent Irregular Migration

12 Sep 2022  |  www.vozdeamerica.com
In El Salvador, a new project aims to prevent irregular migration through a human library where returned migrants from the United States share their experiences with school students. Claudia Zaldaña reports from a border municipality.

Labor Migration Program Opens Opportunities for Salvadorans

09 Aug 2022  |  www.vozdeamerica.com
For many Salvadorans, working abroad is a dream, and achieving this goal is possible without resorting to irregular migration. Claudia Zaldaña from Voz de América reports from San Salvador.

Homicides and missing persons in El Salvador

21 Mar 2022  |  vozdeamerica.com
Violence is a common issue in the countries of the Northern Triangle, and while daily homicide rates in El Salvador have substantially decreased, the disappearance of people is causing great concern. The article explores whether there is a relationship between these two phenomena.

Clandestine Cemeteries in El Salvador

15 Feb 2022  |  www.vozdeamerica.com
The government of Nayib Bukele claims that the Territorial Control Plan has been successful in reducing violent death rates, but the emergence of clandestine cemeteries is causing alarm among the population.

Concerns Over Potential Approval of a Foreign Agents Law in El Salvador

23 Dec 2021  |  www.vozdeamerica.com
El Salvador's proposed 'Foreign Agents Law,' championed by President Nayib Bukele and resembling Nicaragua's law, aims to tax foreign transfers at 40%. The law is currently on hold in the Legislative Assembly, awaiting consensus with diplomats and civil society. Over fifty Salvadoran social organizations have expressed concerns about the law's ambiguity, fearing it could criminalize and financially strangle non-profit associations. The government insists the tax would only apply to politically motivated financing. The UNES, supported by the German Embassy, sees the law as ambiguous and risky. The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights and the Inter-American Press Society have rejected the law, the latter fearing risks to independent media funded by international cooperation.

Salvadorans protest and demand justice from President Bukele

13 Dec 2021  |  www.vozdeamerica.com
In El Salvador, public discontent continues over various governmental actions, leading to street protests against the political situation. Additionally, there are ongoing demands for justice related to past armed conflict events, with little progress made so far.

El Salvador tuvo una época de oro en la que el cultivo del café fue uno de los productos que abanderaba su economía. Pero el impacto del cambio climático, entre otros factores, ha hecho que el aroma de uno de sus mayores orgullos, se esfume en el pasado.

Cementera: Un viaje hacia la Reducción del Riesgo de Desastres.

Organic agriculture in El Mozote, El Salvador.

Food program in Zacapa, Guatemala. I made the script, filmed, produced, made voiceover and edited.

Weaving the threads of wisdom. Short documentary about Mayan cosmovision. I made camera operation.

Video that resume the work of the project of Comminity Managed Disaster Risk Reduction in Honduras, developed by an NGO. (PILARH) I made the script, filmed, produced, made voiceover and edited.

Video about the work of Partners for Resilience in Guatemala to show their main achievements in their programme. I made the script, filmed, produced, made voiceover and edited.

Digital memorial that shows a data base of the victims of salvadoran war between 1972-1992. I produced, filmed and edited the videos displayed in the link.


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