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Carlos Dada Speaks With the Observer

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In March, a leading investigative online news journal in El Salvador, El Faro, broke the news that the government was negotiating a reduction in homicides with the country’s largest, most violent gangs: the Mara Salvatrucha and the MS-13. After revealing the secret negotiations, El Faro reporters found themselves targets of both government officials and the gangs. El Faro news director Carlos Dada who was recently in Austin for a forum held by the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas talks about the story and how the reporters have dealt with the death threats. Dada also talks about the recent influx of unaccompanied, undocumented children from Central America who have been migrating to the United States.

Jen Reel was an Observer intern before joining the staff in July 2010, first as Web Editor, and most recently as Multimedia Editor. She received a Masters in Journalism with a concentration in Photojournalism from the University of Texas at Austin, where she was co-chair for the student chapter of the National Press Photographers Association. She has worked in the non-profit sector for the Peruvian-American Medical Society and has been published in Utne Reader magazine, the Village Voice and Pitchfork Music.