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EJC and ABOCCS announce 2014 student investigative journalism competition winners in La Paz

10 September 2014 | PROJECT NEWS

 

EJC announced the winners of the second annual Bolivian Student Investigative Journalism Competition 2014 in La Paz 26 August in cooperation with local project partner Asociacion Boliviana de Carreras de Comunicacion Social (ABOCCS).

Of the 14 competing Aboccs member universities, it was the three students from Universidad Autónoma Gabriel René Moreno of Santa Cruz that came out on top this year, with the University of San Simon Cochabamba running a close second. The two top teams were awarded week-long paid internships at leading Bolivian print publications where they will work on actual reporting assignments with opportunities for publication.

Final submitted student team reportages were appraised by Bolivian print journalist luminaries Roberto Navia (El Deber), Elizabeth Arrazola (Los Tiempos) and Miguel Gomez Balboa (La Razon). In their story evaluations judges took into account the level of journalistic professionalism, the correct use of sources, strong adherence to journalism ethics as well as thorough investigation of the story.

Over 50 students and journalism coaches from across Bolivia participated in the three-day simulated mock investigative journalism competition that took place on the streets of La Paz. The theme this year focused on the growing problem of teenage human-trafficking in the country. The competition tested writing and interviewing style as well as featured embedded lessons in journalism ethics and issues related to press freedom. Bolivian students all had the opportunity to enrich their university education by simulating the reality of the daily business of investigative journalists and submitting stories on deadline.

The competition was first successfully initiated by EJC in Armenia in 2008 and is part of the EJC’ s five year Press Freedom 2.0 consortium global media development programming funded by the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Students from Universidad Autónoma Gabriel René Moreno of Santa Cruz were this year's Student Investigative Journalism Competition winners: Claudia Santa Cruz Montoya, Natalia Anez Zabala and Daniela Pillon Rivero. All three received certificates of achievement and will intern at a major Bolivian publication later this year.
Students from Universidad Autónoma Gabriel René Moreno of Santa Cruz were this year’s Student Investigative Journalism Competition winners: Claudia Santa Cruz Montoya, Natalia Anez Zabala and Daniela Pillon Rivero. All three received certificates of achievement and will intern at a major Bolivian publication later this year.

Jurors this year included Bolivian print journalists Roberto Navia (El Deber), Elizabeth Arrazola (Los Tiempos) and Miguel Gomez Balboa (La Razon).
Jurors this year included Bolivian print journalists Roberto Navia (El Deber), Elizabeth Arrazola (Los Tiempos) and Miguel Gomez Balboa (La Razon).

Argentine investigative journalist Miguel Winazki (Left) and Ernest Sotomayor (3rd from right) of Columbia University Journalism School both participated in the competition opening event along with current Aboccs President Rafael Loayza (3rd from left).
Argentine investigative journalist Miguel Winazki (Left) and Ernest Sotomayor (3rd from right) of Columbia University Journalism School both participated in the competition opening event along with current Aboccs President Rafael Loayza (3rd from left).

EJC enlisted local
EJC enlisted local “actors’ who played themselves utilizing scripts for the student interviews, which formed a core component of the mock investigation

Project:
Bolivia: Press Freedom, Journalism Training, and Media Literacy
The EJC is engaged in three different media projects, each of them aiming to bring change to Bolivia’s media environment. Focusing on press freedom, mainly through the protection of journalists’ rights and media ethics, journalism training, and media literacy, the projects are designed to answer the needs and expectations of both media professionals and civil society activists in the country.