Since 2003, she has worked in print, radio and television news in Ecuador. Ortega was a political reporter for El Comercio, one of Ecuador’s most important newspapers. She also worked as a TV news producer.
Her fellowship goals are to develop her English writing skills and to learn more about media and digital journalism in United States – then to pass along her knowledge to her colleagues in Ecuador.
“This is a difficult moment for the journalists in Ecuador,” she writes. “I want to share with other fellows what is happening with the journalism in my country, because for me journalism is not about defending public and private media. Journalism is about being able to tell the stories and report on them in a better way to the reader, without a position … for or against a topic.”