Juan Andrés Ravell
Co-founder, El Chigüire Bipolar
(Video of Ravell’s presentation at ISOJ2018 is below bio, along with article from ISOJ team)
Juan Andrés Ravell is the co-founder of El Chigüire Bipolar (“Bipolar Capybara”), a popular satirical website that gives a comic and editorial twist to Venezuelan news. El Chigüire Bipolar uses stories to start a conversation, and connect young audiences with the news they won’t see in traditional censored mainstream media. In 2010, Juan and his partner Oswaldo Graziani created “Isla Presidencial,” a satirical web series inspired by the TV show “Lost,” where Latin American leaders are shipwrecked on a deserted island and forced to fend for themselves. In three seasons, it received more than 50 million views on Youtube.
Juan leads a team of creative writers, designers and producers at Plop Media Content that are also responsible for several political satire shows like “El Reporte Semanal con el Profesor Briceño” and “Pero Tenemos Patria”, a web series that takes news to younger audiences in Venezuela, with over 800.000 views per episode. As the government increases pressure on independent media, satirical outlets in Venezuela have taken on the role of promoting independent journalism. With 1.9 million followers on Twitter, El Chigüire Bipolar’s readership now exceeds that of most leading Venezuelan newspapers.
Ravell was a presenter on the panel GLOBAL ROUNDUP: How news organizations are using satire online around the world at ISOJ 2018 on Saturday, April 14 @ 11:15 a.m.