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Latin American journalists from ten countries take home IAPA awards for Excellence in Journalism



Journalists from ten Latin American countries are among the winners of the 2017 Excellence in Journalism Awards from the Inter American Press Association (IAPA).

The awards, meant to “encourage excellence in journalism and defense of freedom of expression throughout the Americas,” were announced Aug. 18.

In addition, the organization awarded its Press Freedom Grand Prize to Luis Almagro, Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS). The Venezuelan independent press was also recognized with an honorable mention for “keeping the people informed despite censorship and repression by the Chavista regime.”

The winners were chosen from a pool of more than 1,000 entries, according to Marcela Noble Herrera of Grupo Clarín who is chair of the Awards Committee.

Media organizations and journalists were recognized from Argentina, Brazil, Ecuador, Chile, Colombia, El Salvador, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Venezuela and the United States. In addition to professional journalists, the IAPA recognized projects by university students with its Pedro Joaquín Chamorro University Journalism award.

The IAPA awards, which include US $2,000 and a diploma, will be presented at the IAPA 73rd General Assembly in Salt Lake City, Utah from Oct. 27 to 30.

The winners in the 13 categories of the Excellence in Journalism awards are below:                                                                                  

  1. CARTOON: ‘Urgente zurcido invisible’ (Urgent invisible mending) by Luis Carreño of El Universal (Mexico)

Honorable Mention: ‘Cervantes & Shakespeare’ by Juan Francisco Pérez Gaudio of La Voz del Interior (Argentina)

Screenshot of report from El Espectador on the 30 year anniversary of the murder of Guillermo Cano
  1. NEWS COVERAGE ON THE INTERNET: ‘Vida de Guillermo Cano, el hombre que enfrentó a Pablo Escobar’ (Life of Guillermo Cano, the man who confronted Pablo Escobar) by Jorge Cardona Alzte, Óscar Güesguán Serpa, David Leonardo Carranza, Javier Saiguero Velásquez, Fredy Vargas Rivera, Anderson Rodríguez, William Ariza and Andrea Torres Perdomo of El Espectador (Colombia)

Honorable Mention: ‘Los enfrentamientos de Nochixtlán’ (The clashes at Nochixtlán), by Animal Político (Mexico)

  1. NEWS COVERAGE: ‘Morir una, dos y tres veces de hambre’ (To die once, twice and three times of hunger) by Andrea Tosta, Johanna Osorio, Johann Starchevich, Jefferson Díaz, Emily Avendaño, Julio Materano, Fabianny Crespo, Alexis Correia, Fabiola Ferrero, Cristian Hernández, Andrea Hernández, Dagne Cobo, Pedro Agranitis, Arnaldo Espinoza, Víctor Amaya and Manuel Sánchez of El Estímulo (Venezuela)

Honorable Mention: La corrupción en la Fiscalía General de República de El Salvador. El caso de la relación entre el ex fiscal Luis Antonio Martínez y el empresario Enrique Rais’ (Corruption in the El Salvador Attorney General’s Office. The case of the relationship of former Attorney General Luis Antonio Martínez and businessman Enrique Rais) by Héctor Silva Ávalos, Bryan Avelar, Salvador Meléndez and César Castro Fagoaga of Factum (El Salvador)

  1. NEWS COVERAGE ON MOBILE: ‘Las elecciones presidenciales en EEUU’ (The presidential elections in the USA) by Juan Marcos Bouthemy, Juan Pablo De Santis, Alejandra Pataro, Paula Lugones, Pablo De León, Santiago Radice, María Noel Scanarotti, Damián Taubaso, Pablo Blanco, Christian Cibelli and Darío Gallo of Clarín (Argentina
  1. FEATURES: ‘My Venezuela Nightmare: a 30-day hunt for food in a starving land’ by Fabiola     Zerpa of Bloomberg News (USA)

Honorable Mention: ‘El escuadrón cazapandilleros’ (The gangster-hunting squadron) by Bryan Avelar of Revista Factum (El Salvador)

This report from El Tiempo into disappearances in Colombia included a tool to search people who had been identified by the Legal Medicine Institute. (Screenshot)
  1. HUMAN RIGHTS AND COMMUNITY SERVICE: ‘Un nombre menos en la lista de los muertos que nadie reclama’ (One name less in the list of the dead that nobody claims) by Jhon Jairo Torres, Sair Buitrago Medina, Milena Sarralde Duque, Valentina Obando Jaramillo, Angy Alvarado Rodriguez, Marcela Han, Wendy Fajardo Zabala, Cristian Peña and Tatiana Romerol of El Tiempo (Colombia)

Honorable Mention: To the series of reports Recusas da FAB impedem transplante de 153 órgãos’ (Refusals of the FAB impede transplant of 153 organs), by Vinicius Carneiro Sassine of Jornal O Globo (Brazi)

  1. PHOTOGRAPHY: ‘Zika outbreak in Rio’ by Felipe Dana of The Associated Press (Brazil)

Honorable Mention: ‘29 días en La Victoria’ (29 days in La Victoria) by Jorge Manuel Cruz Díaz of Listín Diario (Dominican Republic)

  1. INFOGRAPHICS: ‘Expandiendo el Canal de Panamá’ (Widening the Panama Canal) by Ernesto Jaén of Mi Diario (Panama)

Honorable Mention: ‘Teleférico Santiago’ (Santiago Cable Car) by Roberto Ortega, Julan Pablo Bravo, Manuel Valencia and René Olivares of El Mercurio (Chile)

  1. OPINION: ‘Nisman’ by Héctor Gambini of Clarín (Argentina)

Honorable Mention: ‘Escribo por Cuba’ (I write for Cuba) by Miguel Molina Díaz of La República (Ecuador)

  1. DATA JOURNALISM: ‘Clima em transformação’ (Climate change) by Giovana Girardi, Marco Carvalho, Marcos Muller, William Mariotto, Carlos Marin, Renan Kikuche, Vinicius Sueiro, Caroline Rozendo and Tiago Henrique of O Estado de S. Paulo (Brazil)
Infographic from Estadão’s data journalism project ‘Climate change’ (Screenshot)

Honorable Mention: ‘Cali: 15 años de violencia’ (Cali: 15 years of violence) by Hugo Mario Cárdenas López, Ana María Saavedra, Lina Alejandra Uribe, Ossiel Villada, Germán González Barco, Bernardo Peña, Álvaro Pío Fernández, Carlos Hernán Castillo and Jose Jair Reyes of El País (Colombia)

  1. IN-DEPTH JOURNALISM: ‘The Panama Papers. Politicians, Criminals and the Rogue Industry that Hides Their Cash’ by International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (USA)

Honorable Mention: ‘Las últimas prisioneras de los nazis en América Latina’ (The last prisoners of the Nazis in Latin America) by Raúl Olmos, Valeria Durán, Ewald Sharfenberg, Cristian Ascencio, Camila Molina, Laila Abu Shihab and Carlos Eduardo Huertas of AM (Mexico), El Mercurio (Antofagasta, Chile), O Estado (Brazil), Armando Info (Venezuela) and CONNECTAS.

  1. ROBERTO EISENMANN JR. ENVIRONMENTAL JOURNALISM: ‘La carretera que corta el corazón de la Amazonía’ (The highway that cuts through the heart of Amazonia) by Fabiola Torres López, David Hidalgo Vega, Audrey Cordova and Ricardo León of Ojo Público (Peru)

Honorable Mention: ‘À espera de Francisco: A peleja da água’ (Awaiting Francisco: The water fight) by Arlen Medina Néri, Ana Naddaf, Erick Guimarães, Fátima Sudário, Érico Firmo, Cláudio Ribeiro, Michel Victor Queiroz, Juliana Matos Brito, Gil Dicelli, Iana Soares, Luciana Pimenta, Pedro Turano, Maryllene Freitas, Sílvia Bessa, Thadeu Braga, Émerson Maranhão, Fábio Lima, Renato Ferreira, Farias Júnior, Maisa Vasconcelos, José Maria Rodrigues, Robson Pires, Glenna Cherice, Chico Driessen and Natércia Melo of Jornal O Povo (Brazil)

  1. PEDRO JOAQUÍN CHAMORRO UNIVERSITY JOURNALISM AWARD: ‘La WWE de los hermanos Urzúa, (The WWE of the Urzúa brothers) by Juan Manuel Ojeda Güemes, Kilómetro Cero, Communications School of Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (Chile Pontifical Catholic University)

Honorable Mention: ‘Al Tun Tun de Sexy Betancourt’ by Mateo Uribe Sáenz of Ciudad Crónica (Colombia)

Honorable Mention: ‘Los olvidados de La Concepción’ (The forgotten ones of La Concepción) by Andrea Carolina Torres López of Periódico El Punto, Social Communication Program, Universidad del Norte (Colombia)

 



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