I’m Venezuela-based AP correspondent Scott Smith and I’m here to take questions about the challenges journalists face covering corruption, rights abuses, the economic crisis, migration and more.
Venezuela is a nation in crisis – a place where a troubled economy has triggered a wave of emigration, and where the government is regularly accused of corruption, rights violations and efforts to intimidate the media. Despite the challenging environment for journalists, we’ve recently broken some big stories about Venezuela here at AP, including people finding ways to get water for their homes, or buying spoiled meat to feed their families. I’m happy to talk about the experience of covering Venezuela, the challenges we face here and how we’ve overcome them. Or, really, anything else about news from Venezuela.
Here’s some of our recent journalism from Venezuela:
As electricity fails, desperate Venezuelans buy spoiled meat: https://www.apnews.com/038d186812944352b7f98d68f341a4d8
Mounting economic chaos leaves many Venezuelans in the dark: https://www.apnews.com/7dcfb79de86b4591ab2af07fb35372b4
Venezuela's wealthy beat water crisis drilling private wells: https://www.apnews.com/27533810b2e44e0ba550528512074ec6
Venezuelans scour polluted river for lost treasure, survival: https://www.apnews.com/0b68f7fe146d441ba642f48c558e9301
And here's my proof: https://twitter.com/AP/status/1055092061039419392
This AMA is part of r/IAmA’s “Spotlight on Journalism” project, which aims to shine a light on the state of journalism and press freedom in 2018. Come back for new AMAs every day in October.
UPDATE: Time for me to sign off. Thanks for asking so many great questions! If you want to see more from AP on Venezuela, follow our coverage here: https://apnews.com/Venezuela