Course Details


January 15 to February 11





January 15 to February 11


Data journalism for citizen security

Welcome to the Knight Center’s new online course, “Data journalism for citizen security,” organized by the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas in partnership with UNDP Infosegura Regional Project in alliance with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

During this four-week massive open online course, which will be held from January 15 to February 11, students will develop and strengthen their capacities to practice data journalism on issues related to citizen security.

Watch the video below and read on for more details, including instructions on how to apply.


For the next four weeks, participants will be introduced to the practice of data journalism for citizen security through knowledge and mastery of available resources with emphasis on the management of digital sources and the use of open data to encourage research and analysis on informing about citizen security.


Upon completion of this course, you will:

  1. Understand the relevance of generating evidence for citizen security policies.
  2. Identify different actors and different types of data sources for citizen security.
  3. Advance in more effective communication of citizen security with a gender perspective and with an intersectional and youth focus.
  4. Be able to search data on the Web and manage databases.
  5. Perform data extraction from closed formats to open formats.
  6. Perform basic mathematical operations on spreadsheets.

Who can enroll?

The course is aimed at:

  • Journalists, editors, and communicators focused on citizen security from different media outlets.
  • Spokespersons from government entities in the security, justice, and police sectors, as well as statistical institutes or ministries and/or women’s secretariats.
  • Individuals from civil society organizations interested in citizen security.
  • Members from academia and universities dedicated to public safety communication

This course focuses exclusively on the Latin American region regarding citizen security. Topics related to other regions will not be covered.

This four-week online course will be held from January 15 to February 11, 2024 and will be open to students who apply and are admitted to the course. Please fill out this application to be considered for enrollment in the course “Data journalism for citizen security.”

If you’re accepted, we’ll notify you as soon as possible before the course starts and send instructions on enrolling.

Please feel free to contact us at with any questions you may have.



Sandra Crucianelli is a journalist specializing in data journalism and investigative reporting. Currently, she is the coordinator of the Data Intelligence Unit at in Argentina. She is also a member of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) ( She has been part of teams involved in projects such as Panama Papers, Paradise Papers, Implant Files, and FinCEN Files, among other transnational initiatives.

Since 2003, she has been conducting training courses in Mathematics for Journalists, Investigative Journalism, Electoral Coverage and analysis of electoral polls, Crisis Coverage, and data journalism.

She was a Knight International Journalism Fellow member at the International Center for Journalists from 2012 to 2013 (

Additionally, she is a member of Connectas, a collaboration among journalists from Latin American countries, and was involved in the Panama Papers project (

She contributes to digital journalism education as an instructor at the Digital Training Center of the University of Guadalajara, Mexico (

She has conducted online courses for the Knight Center at the University of Texas since 2003 (

Sandra Crucianelli is also the author of the book “Herramientas Digitales para Periodistas” (Digital Tools for Journalists) (

She resides in the city of Bahía Blanca, Argentina.


Alejandra MonteolivaAlejandra Monteoliva: Graduated from the Faculty of Political Science and International Relations at the Universidad Católica de Córdoba, Argentina, and holds a Master’s in Planning and Management of Development from the Universidad de los Andes, Colombia.

With over 28 years of experience, she specializes in designing and implementing public policies and regional development processes in Latin America. She focuses on citizen security policies and programs, particularly in police operations, statistics, and crime analysis.

She has extensive experience coordinating efforts with various security forces across Latin America. In Colombia, she served as an advisor for academic and curricular management for the National Police of Colombia from 2003 to 2015.

As a public official in Argentina, she has held high-level positions in security, including Minister of Security in the Province of Córdoba, Director of Strategic Planning, and Coordinator of the first Crime Observatory in the province. On a national level, until December 2019, she served as the National Director of Operations for Federal Security Forces at the Ministry of Security of the Nation.

She is a teacher and researcher at various universities in Colombia and Argentina, with numerous publications. She is a member of international networks and associations and is the Director of the Observatorio de Seguridad Ciudadana.

Currently, she is part of the citizen security team at the Regional Office of the UNDP-Infosegura Project.