Marcela Turati

Reporter, Quinto Elemento Lab México

Marcela Turati is a freelance investigative journalist covering the Mexican drug war and a founding member of QuintoElemento. She is the recipient of the 2013 Louis M. Lyons Award for Conscience and Integrity in Journalism.

Marcela is speaking at

Safety & Security
September 26, 2019
1:15 pm - 2:30 pm
MS Stubnitz Hold 1 (Vorschiff)


  • ALI AL IBRAHIM (Speaker) Investigative journalism
  • Marcela Turati (Speaker) Reporter, Quinto Elemento Lab México
  • Juliana Ruhfus (Speaker) Senior Presenter / Investigative Filmmaker, Al Jazeera English
  • Cait McMahon (Moderator) Managing Director, Dart Centre Asia Pacific


Journalists have an obligation not to re-traumatize victims they are interviewing, while at the same time taking care of their own psychological well-being when covering traumatic stories.

This session brings together three award-winning journalists who have reported traumatic stories in extremely difficult places, including Syria, Mexico, Somalia, and Libya. They will look at issues raised when reporters immerse themselves in traumatic stories and discuss crucial coping strategies.

Crime & Corruption
September 26, 2019
4:15 pm - 5:30 pm
Lecture Hall 200, HafenCity Universität (HCU)



This special panel features two award-winning teams that have exposed unsettling stories of mass killings in Mexico and The Philippines. Mago Torres and Marcela Turati are part of Quinto Elemento, which helped produce “The Country with 2,000 Graves,” a chilling look at the grave sites that criss-cross Mexico as a result of the country's drug war. Reuters' Clare Baldwin and Andrew Marshall shared a Pulitzer Prize this year for what the Pulitzer Committee called "relentless reporting that exposed the brutal killing campaign behind Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs." These are smart, gutsy stories using a variety of journalism techniques.

French Translation
September 28, 2019
4:15 pm - 5:30 pm
Holcim Auditorium, HafenCity Universität (HCU)



What does it take to succeed as a woman in the world of investigative journalism? In this lightning round session, leading women muckrakers from around the world will present strategies they used in their professional work, and will offer advice on everything from dealing with bad bosses to balancing work and family. As in other lightning rounds, each speaker has just five to seven minutes for her presentation. Come and be inspired.

French translation for this session is provided by CFI, the French media development organization.

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