For his "fine work of needle and thread to describe politics and what happens to our country", the journalist Lucía Méndez (Palaces of Sanabria, Zamora; 1960) has received today the first Josefina Carabias Journalism Award, created by the Congress, as a tribute to the first female parliamentary chronicler in Spain. This has been said by the Speaker of the Lower Chamber, Ana Pastor, before delivering the award to the chronicler of The world, who has highlighted his journalism "rigorous, serene, truthful and sincere, free of fuss but with the forcefulness of the truth" in these moments in which "the noise abounds and the search for the most thunderous scandals."
A few words thanked the journalist, who has dedicated the award to their children and has recognized the work of the generation of their parents "for giving us what they had", with a special memory of the words of his mother the day he set out on his way to a boarding school, encouraging her "to study so as not to depend on anyone". Acknowledgment that has also extended to the "quality public education of the last 40 years in Spain", which allowed thousands of girls and boys to come to the University en masse to study with a scholarship and their bosses and comrades of the newspaper The world -his second home- which, he said, gives him strength every day.
Attentive to Méndez's words were the current director of the The world, Francisco Rosell, and his predecessor in office Pedro J. Ramírez, in addition to the former ministers Alfredo Pérez Rubalcaba, and Rafael Catalá, the Secretary of State for Communication, Miguel Ángel Oliver, and the members of the full Board of Congress.
Méndez has asked young journalists to "not get sidetracked because it is no longer time" and has opted for a journalism "with less Twitter and more street and less social networks and more reading and reflection on our values."
The jury of the award has highlighted the "outstanding and lengthy career as a political informant and parliamentary chronicler" of Méndez, who shared a schoolyard in his childhood with the president of the Chamber.