NEW YORK – The Latin American journalists honored at the 2016 Maria Moors Cabot Prizes ceremony in New York highlighted the region’s diversity of media platforms and range of coverage.
Conferred by Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, this year’s awards went to Rodrigo Abd, an Argentine photographer working for the Associated Press; Brazilian journalist Rosental Alves, who heads the U.S.-based Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas; Colombian independent filmmaker Margarita Martinez; and Oscar Martinez, a reporter with Salvadoran newspaper El Faro.
The Maria Moors Cabot Special Citation was awarded to Marina Walker Guevara of Argentina, a member of the Panama Papers Reporting Team at the International Consortium of Journalists.
The Maria Moors Cabot Prizes are the world’s oldest international awards in journalism, established in 1938 with the aim of recognizing journalists and news organizations for work that has contributed to Inter-American understanding
After receiving his award during the ceremony at Columbia, Abd described the role of photography in telling news stories and cited the difficulties of attracting the world’s attention to Latin American issues.
“But here is the main point: we care, we love this continent (Latin America) and we want to tell stories in depth in our home countries,” he said.
Margarita Martinez, recognized for her documentaries on the peace talks in Havana between the Colombian government and FARC rebels, expressed sadness at the result of an Oct. 2 referendum that rejected the agreement signed to end the 52-year-long conflict.
Oscar Martinez said that new technologies and different journalism platforms have gained legitimacy as a result of the investigative reporting they enable.
Guevara’s work with the Panama Papers Reporting Team was enthusiastically applauded at the ceremony.
“This is collaborative journalism, a transnational endeavor which leaves aside individual egos and assigns top priority to the public interest,” Guevara told EFE.