The Gabriel García Márquez Journalism Awards (organized by the Foundation of New Ibero-American Journalism) were conferred last night at the Metropolitan Theater of Medellin, Colombia, to professionals who, according to its international juries, represent the best of the trade in Latin America. Journalist Luis Trelles and television producer Lisandra Rivera (both from Puerto Rico) were among the awardees.
Colombian journalist Javier Darío Restrepo received the Excellence Award for decades of his work in defense of ethics and his commitment to the Spanish-speaking community journalism community. This recognition also was awarded to Mexican Marcela Turati, who has led a campaign for journalistic integrity in her country.
Besides the reward to Restrepo, in the Innovation category, the winners were the Radio Ambulante team, an independent collaborative project between Colombia, the United States and Peru, completed by journalists and filmmakers Daniel Alarcón, Carolina Guerrero, Camila Segura, Martina Castro, Silvia Viñas, Puerto Rican journalist Luis Trelles, and Annie Correal.
Its deployment on different platforms, especially podcasts, caught the attention of jury members Virginia Pérez Alonso (Spain), Rosental Alves (Brazil), and Bruno Patino (France), who noted that the “journalistic quality is undeniable and impeccable.”
In the Text category, the winner was the work ‘Exxon Valdez, una mancha de 25 años,’ which Spanish journalist Eduardo Suárez published in the newspaper El Mundo, covering the story of the oil tanker that ran aground in the Gulf of Alaska causing an environmental impact of immense proportions to the indigenous peoples of the area.
[. . .] The Coverage prize was awarded to the Últimas Noticias [Latest News] team from Venezuela with the work ‘Sucesos del 12F,’ which reported on the student march in Caracas on February 12, 2014 [. . .].
Puerto Rican television producer Lisandra Rivera and audiovisual producer Manolo Sarmiento, of Ecuador, received the award in the Image category, for the documentary ‘The death of Jaime Roldós’ [. . .].
The event was attended by President Juan Manuel Santos, who celebrated the importance of ethics in the profession.
All winners received $15,000 and a copy of ‘Gabriel,’ a sculpture [shown above] by Colombian artist Antonio Caro.