This year the contest welcomes products that already have a place in hemisphere journalism. That is data journalism, university journalism and news coverage on mobile phones.
Data journalism gathers and analyzes major pieces of data through specialized tools, and then presents them in an understandable form through articles, visualizations, graphics and infographics. It is a formidable option for denunciation and investigative journalism.
Universities are breeding grounds of ideas and talents where tomorrow's leaders and professionals are formed. Communication and journalism schools turn into workshops in which their future executives, editors and reporters use their first weapons. A large number of (print and digital, radio and television) university publications channel the energy, the talent of the young students. University journalism wishes to embrace those beginners' jewels.
Access to the news using mobile phones, smart phones, tablets or other devices is increasingly generalized. Publications – producers of content – are creating exclusive services to satisfy that growing demand and make the visual and reading experience something qualitatively different. News coverage on mobile phones can be an original and attractive product.
The rest of the categories remain: Cartoons, Online News Coverage, News Coverage, Features, Human Rights and Community Service, Photography, Infographics, Opinion and In-Depth Reporting. The IAPA Press Freedom Grand Prize is awarded to people or organizations of the Americas who stand out for an extraordinary action in defense of press freedom.
To take part in the IAPA Excellence in Journalism contest it is not necessary to be a member of the organization. There will be admitted only those works actually published in a daily or weekly newspaper, magazine or online publication in 2016.
The IAPA is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the defense and promotion of freedom of the press and of expression in the Americas. It is made up of more than 1,300 print publications from throughout the Western Hemisphere and is based in Miami, Florida.