Overflowing with life and experiences, Emanuela Audisio (Rome, Italy, 65 years old), picked up the Manuel Vázquez Montalbán Journalism Prize on Tuesday, organized by the Journalists Association of Catalonia and the FC Barcelona Foundation. The Italian journalist, whose career has been linked to the newspaper La Repubblica, author of three sports-themed books, broke molds and glass ceilings many years ago. And he keeps doing it. This Tuesday she became the first woman to receive the award she has received since 2004, recognizing the work of people like Patrick Mignon, the first winner, Eduardo Galeano or Michael Robinson, the last one.
"Emanuela belongs to a generation of classic journalists, of those who lived a sporting event to then make it reach the readers. His chronicles reconcile us with Manolo's way of doing, "said Ramon Besa, member of the jury, in memory of the long-suffering Vázquez Montalbán, at an event held at the Auditori 1899 of the Camp Nou.
With a generous and original speech, traveled, emotional, full of memories and anecdotes, Audisio reviewed his life and his connections with Catalonia and Montalbán, whom he met in 1991 when he was preparing to do a report on the Games of Barcelona '92, a who interviewed a good day at six in the morning. The winner recalled having been arrested twice for writing about boxing, "because women do not do certain things." He was also blindfolded on one occasion for an interview in a male changing room. "Because women can not see certain things." Or so they told him. Because nothing has held her back these years.
"She has always had a lot of character, she is an uncomfortable, critical, uncomfortable journalist. A fabulous, prestigious reporter ", described Besa, to explain the whys of his choice. She, a witness and chronicler of so many historical football matches, in Italy and abroad, affirmed that there are "certain teams that have a face and a heart", as well as "certain goals are a cultural encyclopedia". His newspaper, La Reppublica, put her on the field, he said, and gave her "space to play."
That is why, during this time, he learned a series of vital lessons around which he articulated his speech of thanks. There are eight and establish the following:
"Never stop being hungry.
Never judge by appearance.
Never stop being thirsty
When the light goes out, do not think you know more than the others.
The homemade kitchen is good.
Playing, writing, living, are team sports.
Alone we are someone, together we are something.
And, as Vázquez Montalbán said, when the past is resurrected, the guilty are again what they always were: assassins. "