Gustavo Ocando Alex is an experienced journalist and newspaper editor settled in Maracaibo, western Venezuela. He currently develops his journalist career as a freelancer for BBC World News, The Miami Herald (USA), NPR (USA), Armando.Info (Caracas, Venezuela) and has collaborated with features for The New York Times. He recently worked as Chief Editor in Version Final Daily. Ocando’ specialties are chronicles and profiles. He details stories and underline relevant data through a literate manner. He describes himself as an apostle of the "new journalism" taught by masters of this exciting profession, such as Gabriel García Márquez, Gay Talese, Jon Lee Anderson, Miguel Angel Bastenier and Alberto Salcedo Ramos. He also has led two newspaper redesigns: La Verdad Daily in 2012 and Version Final Daily in 2015. He graduated in 2004 from University of Zulia’s Social Communication School, but since December 2001 he has portrait stories and people’s voices about politics, business, metro, crime, show business, world and even sports matters inside and outside Venezuela. His daily tribunes since then have been La Verdad daily -13 years-; El Nacional daily -two years-; Version Final -one year, current job-; and Tendencia, Climax-El Estimulo, GkillCity.com and Descifrado, among other magazines since 2005. Ocando Alex covered US Presidential Elections in 2012 in Ohio and Chicago invited by US State Department. He can successfully write reports both in Spanish and English.
Government pensions for elderly Venezuelans are no longer enough to obtain food and medicines. Many old-age homes have closed down because they don’t have enough money to run.
El asentamiento Campo Alegría fue declarado "de alto riesgo e inhabitable" por culpa del "hundimiento continuo y progresivo del terreno, salitre, corrosión y licuefacción o inconsistencia de los suelos". Pero decenas de trabajadores activos y jubilados de la industria petrolera, sus viudas y familiares siguen viviendo allí. Y estas son sus condiciones.
“Silencio, que los peces están durmiendo” es una crónica sobre Angelina Estrada, periodista zuliana de 32 años, quien junto a su bebé, de dos, cruzó un río y una zona boscosa de madrugada entre México y Estados Unidos, siempre en medio de terrores. Su historia, en @ArmandoInfo