28 April 2015

IAPA announces Chapultepec Grand Scholarship winners

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MIAMI, Florida (April 28, 2015)—Journalists from the Dominican Republic and Chile have been awarded the 2015 Chapultepec/IAPA Grand Scholarship which for the first time is being granted under terms of an agreement between the Inter American Press Association (IAPA) and the Knight-Wallace Fellows (KWF) program of the University of Michigan as part of the celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Declaration of Chapultepec.
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MIAMI, Florida (April 28, 2015)—Journalists from the Dominican Republic and Chile have been awarded the 2015 Chapultepec/IAPA Grand Scholarship which for the first time is being granted under terms of an agreement between the Inter American Press Association (IAPA) and the Knight-Wallace Fellows (KWF) program of the University of Michigan as part of the celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Declaration of Chapultepec. María Isabel Soldevila, editor-in-chief of Listín Diario of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, and Cecilia Derpich, Investigative Journalism Coordinator of El Mercurio of Santiago, Chile, were chosen to undergo on the University of Michigan’s Ann Arbor campus “a period of professional and personal growth in a great university research,” in the words of Charles R. Eisendrath, professor, journalist and director of the KWF program. The Declaration of Chapultepec is a commitment signed by almost all the heads of state of the countries of the Americas containing 10 principles based on freedom of expression and of the press. The funding of these scholarships is provided by the respective University of Michigan program. They do not form part of the IAPA’s permanent Scholarship Fund, which recently named journalists Manuel Hernández Zambrano of La Verdad, Maracaibo, Venezuela, and Elsa Liliana Michelena of the Lima, Peru, magazine Caretas, as recipients of the 2015 scholarships to carry out post-graduate studies at universities in the United States.

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