The Ortega y Gasset Journalism Awards 2019, which have failed this Thursday in Madrid, recognize the committed and courageous journalism of independent media. The prize to best story or journalistic research It has been for The dead that inhabit me, of the magazine 5W, a chronicle about the bodies without name that the Mediterranean throws to the coasts. In better multimedia coverage Has been awarded The generation of hunger, of The Pit, a portrait of the infant food and health deficiencies in Venezuela. Vincent West has obtained the award of Best picture for a picture of 8-M taken in Bilbao and the Colombian Darío Arizmendi has been recognized with the professional career.
The winning work in the category of best history or journalistic research, The dead that inhabit me, is signed by journalist Agus Morales and photographer Eduardo Ponces. The report, published in the magazine 5W and framed in a project of Noise Photo, is a chronicle that narrates the work of Chamseddine Marzoug, a man who voluntarily buries the corpses that the Mediterranean returns to the beaches of Tunisia.
The jury has highlighted that it is "a magnificent report" that "hits the reader's emotion in a current issue -the drama of shipwrecks in the Mediterranean- through a different approach". In addition, he added that "it meets all the qualities of good journalism, has a special sensitivity and is beautifully written."
The prize in the category of best multimedia coverage has been for The generation of hunger, a report coordinated by Johanna Osorio Herrera and published in the Venezuelan media The Pit in collaboration with the Connectas platform. Up to 14 journalists have investigated for eight months the consequences of the economic policies of the Government of Nicolás Maduro on the health of a group of children. "It is during the first five years of life when proper nutrition is more important, and the result is saddening: eight children whose future seems marked ahead of time by irreversible damage, and one who could not survive," they say in their presentation. work.
The Pit It is a medium created by a group of journalists whose objective is to get information to the most disadvantaged areas of Venezuela. In addition to the network of informants, they have collaborations with NGOs that help them get closer to the different communities in the country. "We will continue working so that The Pit sound, until we become the voice of the popular sectors, "he says on his website.
The jury has emphasized the work of this medium: "They are a group of young and admirable journalists who risk and who go to the place where things happen, to find the facts and count them".
The prize for best photography has been taken by Vincent West, from Reuters. The selected work is one of the most iconic images of the 8-M 2018: a tide of women form a triangle with their hands raised during a demonstration in favor of equality in Bilbao. The photograph was published in EL PAÍS and in other international media such as The New York Times. The jury praised "the drive and strength" of an image that reflects the protest of women in Spain and condenses the great year of struggle for equal rights.
In the professional career category, the winner is Darío Arizmendi. News director of the Colombian chain Caracol and one of the most heard voices of his country, had to go into exile in the eighties after several attempts of murder by the drug cartels.
The jury has valued "the professional excellence of his career, his constant effort to explain to society what is happening at every moment, his defense of proposals for peace and dialogue and, above all, his courage at the moment. to face the difficulties that, throughout his career, have been presented to him for the exercise of the journalistic profession ".
Bachelor of Information Sciences from the University of Navarra, Arizmendi has been director and presenter of television programs, was founder of the newspaper The world of Medellín and its director from 1971 to 1991. He was also plenipotentiary ambassador of Colombia to the General Assembly of the United Nations in New York, in 1989, and founding professor of the School of Social Communication of the Pontifical Bolivarian University.
In this 36th edition of the awards, the jury was composed of Manuel Mirat, president of EL PAÍS and CEO of PRISA; Soledad Gallego-Díaz, director of EL PAÍS; Carlos Yárnoz, Defender of the reader in the newspaper; Jesús Ceberio, president of the Editorial Committee of PRISA; Daniel Gavela, general director of Cadena SER; Inés Juste, president of the Family Business Association and the Juste group; Elena Salgado, economist and former vice-president of the Government; Vicente del Bosque, former national soccer coach; Zahara, singer, and the editors of EL PAÍS María Fabra, member of the Editorial Committee, and Mikel López Iturriaga, responsible for The Comidista. He has served as secretary of the jury Pedro Zuazua, Communication Director of PRISA News.
The Ortega y Gasset Awards, created in 1984 by EL PAÍS and named after the Spanish thinker and journalist, seek to highlight the defense of liberties, independence and rigor as essential virtues of journalism and to recognize those works that have stood out For its quality.
Each one of the prizes is endowed with 15,000 euros and with a work by the San Sebastian artist Eduardo Chillida. Written or graphic works published in Spanish, in media around the world, can be eligible for these prizes.
The awards will be presented on Thursday, May 9 at the Caixaforum Auditorium in Madrid.