MIAMI, Florida (November 15, 2013)—The Inter American Press Association (IAPA) today launched its call for entries in its 2014 Excellence in Journalism Award contest. In the competition, which takes place annually, the best of journalism in the Americas vies for top honors. Publications and news agencies in more than 33 nations in the Western Hemisphere enter their best works in English, Spanish or Portuguese in the contest, which has a January 15, 2014 deadline.
The IAPA awards are one of the organization’s emblematic activities. “The IAPA awards are one of the organization’s emblematic activities. “The pursuit of excellence has always been one of the objectives of the Inter American Press Association. A press that is serious, responsible and of high quality is an essential pillar of a democratic society. Our annual journalism prize precisely promotes such values,” commented Francisco Miró Quesada of El Comercio
, Lima, Peru, and chairman of the IAPA’s Awards Committee. “Journalists’ response to our annual call has been very positive. Each year we have more applicants and their skills are indisputable,” Miró Quesda declared.
The adjudication panel will evaluate the entries and choose 10 finalists in each of the 12 categories. The winners will be presented with certificates and cash prizes during the IAPA’s General Assembly next October in Santiago, Chile. The categories are the following: inter-American relations, human rights, news coverage, features, in-depth reporting, photography, cartoons, infographics, opinion, newspaper in education, online news coverage, and multimedia coverage.
Also awarded is the IAPA Grand Prize for Press Freedom, given to a person or organization with significant achievements on behalf of the cause of freedom of the press. In general, the awards consist of $2,000, plaques and diplomas.
The IAPA is an organization made up of more than 1,300 publications that includes editors, publishers and other professionals that has for more than 60 years been devoted to defending and enhancing press freedom in the Western Hemisphere.
The call for entries and contest rules are posted on the IAPA’s Web site, www.sipiapa.org . To participate it is not necessary to belong to the IAPA.
Direct access: www.sipiapa.org/prem