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Gleaner team among finalists in IAPA '2018 Excellence in Journalism' contest

Published:Sunday | August 12, 2018 | 12:00 AM

The Inter-American Press Association (IAPA) last Friday announced the list of finalists in the contest that it holds each year to encourage excellence in journalism and the defence of freedom of expression in the Americas.

Marcel Granier, chairman of the IAPA's Awards Committee, declared, "The contest has a well-earned prestige and to qualify as a finalist is a great recognition and an incentive to continue in the search for new paths of professional excellence."

Granier said this year more than 1,000 entries were received. The final announcement of the winners and honourable mentions will be made in the coming days.

The Gleaner was nominated for its 'Mission: Clarendon Rescue', a special coverage of crime in the central Jamaica parish done in January 2017. This was the only entry from Jamaica named among the finalists.

The following are some of the categories and the names of the works and the finalist writers, without order of relevance:




- The Mexico City Earthquake. Group work, Pie de Pagina, Mexico

- Protests in Venezuela. Group work, El Estimulo, Venezuela

- Illegal Traffic of Explosives. Nelson Ricardo Matta Colorado, El Colombiano, Colombia

- Mission Clarendon. Arthur Hall, Livern Barrett, Corey Robinson, Cecelia Campbell-Livingston, The Gleaner, Jamaica




- Earthquakes in Oaxaca and Mexico City. Group work, El Debate, Mexico

- Repression in Venezuela. Group work, NTN24 SAS, Colombia

- Tales from the Border. Peter Orsi, Christopher Sherman, Rodrigo Abd, Associated Press, United States

- 2017 Sovereign Decision. Group work, Te lo Cuento News, United States

- Social Protests. Group work, La Cronica de Baja California, Mexico




- Legislative Elections. Group work, La Voz del Interior, Argentina

- Protests in Venezuela. Group work, Te lo Cuento News, United States

- Hurricane Season. Group work, Univision Noticias Digital, United States

- Pope Francis in Colombia. Group work, El Tiempo, Colombia




- The Babysitters of Barrio 18. Bryan Alexander Avelar Rodriguez, Revista Factum, El Salvador

- Seduced into Slavery: How a Mexican Family Became Sex Traffickers. Anastasia Moloney, Thomson Reuters Foundation, United States

- Super Old Lady of Puertas Azules. Julian Navarrete Silva, Magazine Nicaragua, Nicaragua

- The Hospital of Death. Eduardo Ignacio Ponte Carreno, El Nacional, Venezuela

- In The San Judas Tadeo Neighbourhood ... When Living Is a Miracle. Jesus Pena Sanchez, Semanario, Mexico




- Any Woman Can be Murdered in the CDMX: The Murders of Women Intensify in The Capital. Guillermo Rivera Vazquez, VICE en espanol, Mexico

- The Coast Guard's 'Floating Guantanamos'. Seth Freed Wessler, TNYT & The Investigative Fund, United States.

- To Be Poor and Grow Old: A Drama in the DR. Doris Pantaleon, Listin Diario, Dominican Republic.

- Cemetery Malvinas. Group work,, Argentina

- Monitor of The Violence, G1, Violence Studies Nucleus USP. Brazilian Public Safety Forum, Brazil

- Orphans of Health, Ipys Venezuela, El Pitazo, Venezuela

The IAPA is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to the defence and promotion of freedom of the press and of expression in the Americas. It is made up of more than 1,300 publications from throughout the Western Hemisphere and is based in Miami, Florida.