LIMA, Peru (October 13, 2011)—The Inter American Press Association (IAPA), which is holding its General Assembly here, today announced the publication and launch of the bilingual book “Stories and Sketches,” in which the experiences of the 360 journalists in the Americas who have been awarded scholarships by the organization over the last 57 years are recalled.
In the compilation of brief accounts, anecdotes, reminiscences and statements some 120 journalists from nearly all of the nations in the Western Hemisphere narrate what they regard as the most momentous experience in their lives during the academic year they spent studying at a university far from their homeland as IAPA scholarship winners.
Journalists from Latin America and the Caribbean did their post-graduate studies at universities in the United States or Canada, while those from either of those countries did so in Latin America, which in addition enabled them to practice a language other than their own and more spiritedly defend freedom of the press. Many of them are now editors of major news media or foreign correspondents, university professors, diplomats, international officials, etc.
The scholarship for the training of young journalism professionals are awarded each year through a special IAPA fund, endowed by voluntary financial contributions from members, various other organizations and individuals, their names being included in the book, which is written in English and Spanish.