MIAMI, Florida - The Inter American Press Association (IAPA) opened its call for entries for the 2016 IAPA Excellence in Journalism contest. Print and online publications and news agencies in more than 33 countries of the Americas and the Caribbean can enter their best works in English, Spanish or Portuguese by the deadline of January 16, 2016.
The IAPA awards highlight the high level of journalism currently being carried out in the hemisphere.
"In the last contest we received more than 1,000 entries, a record number, which we undoubtedly will surpass in the 2016 one," said Marcela Noble Herrera of the Buenos Aires newspaper Clarín and chairman of the IAPA's Award Committee. "What we want is for all media and platforms – newspapers, magazines, online publications, radio stations and television channels – to come to the IAPA and take part in the contest with their production's most relevant content," she declared.
The adjudication panel will evaluate the entries and choose finalists in each of the 13 categories. The winners will be presented with certificates and cash prizes during the IAPA's General Assembly next October in Charleston North Carolinel. The categories are the following: inter-American relations, human rights, news coverage, features, in-depth reporting, photography, cartoons, infographics, opinion, newspaper in education, environmental journalism, 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.com. To participate it is not necessary to belong to the IAPA.
Direct access: http://premios.sipiapa.org/