Miami (August 2, 2021).- The Inter American Press Association (IAPA) announces today the winners of the 2021 Excellence in Journalism Award. Journalists from national and local media and collaboration platforms from Argentina, Colombia, Cuba, Ecuador, the United States, Mexico, Peru and Venezuela obtained awards and mentions in 14 categories.
IAPA Award Committee President Leonor Mulero highlighted the quality and relevance of the works competing for prizes. "Once again the fundamental role of the press in covering the key issues of our societies is demonstrated by the number of applications we received and dedicated to the Covid-19 pandemic," said Mulero.
Mulero, from the Ferré Rangel Media Group, San Juan, Puerto Rico, highlighted that over 1000 applications were presented, despite all kinds of difficulties. "It should be noted that, for the first time, nine works were received from Cuban journalists who, with courage and journalistic rigor, address the situation they face in their country."
The first prizes consist of diplomas, plus $2,000 award. The prizes will be presented in a special ceremony during IAPA's 77th General Assembly to be held in Madrid, Spain from October 28 to October 31.
Mulero thanked the members of the IAPA Award Commission for their participation in an arduous selection and evaluation process that lasted for several months. Likewise, she highlighted the contribution of the media and sponsoring companies: El Tiempo, Bogotá, Colombia; TV Venezuela, Miami, Florida; Grupo Opsa, San Pedro Sula, Honduras; El Comercio, Lima, Peru; The Gleaner, Kingston, Jamaica; Debate Media, Culiacán, Sinaloa, Mexico; La Prensa Gráfica, San Salvador, El Salvador; Clarín, Buenos Aires, Argentina; El Mercurio, Santiago, Chile; La República, Peru; La Prensa, Panama City, Panama; Grupo de Comunicaciones Corripio, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic; Robert Stempel College of Public Health & Social Work, Florida International University, Miami, Florida, and La Prensa, Managua, Nicaragua.
To view a complete list of first prizes and mentions in the 14 categories of the 2021 IAPA Excellence in Journalism contest, visit the following link here. The IAPA will later announce the IAPA Press Freedom Grand Prize.
The members of the Awards Committee, in addition to Mulero, are: José Manuel Acevedo, Noticias RCN, Bogotá, Colombia; Manuel Aguilera, Hispano Post, Miami, Florida; Armando Castilla, Vanguardia, Saltillo, Mexico; Idania Chirinos, NTN24, Bogotá, Colombia; Norberto Frigerio, Publirevistas, Buenos Aires, Argentina; Carlos Jornet, La Voz del Interior, Córdoba, Argentina; Andrea Miranda, El Debate, Sinaloa, Mexico; Silvia Miró Quesada, El Comercio, Lima, Peru; José Monegro, El Día, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic; Marcela Noble Herrera, Clarín, Buenos Aires, Argentina; Nuria Piera, Provideo, SRL, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic; Laura Puertas, Medcom, Panama City, Panama; Fernando Quijano, El Colombiano, Medellín, Colombia; Juan Pablo Illanes, El Mercurio, Santiago, Chile; María Lorente, AFP, Montevideo, Uruguay; Lucy Freire, La Prensa, Río Bamba, Ecuador; León Salazar, Latin Press, Miami, Florida, and Oswaldo Quintana, RCTV, Caracas, Venezuela.
The IAPA is a non-profit organization dedicated to the defense and promotion of freedom of the press and expression in the Americas. It is made up of more than 1,300 publications from the Western Hemisphere; and is based in Miami, United States.