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EJC Bolivia project partner announces journalism competitions winners

21 November 2013 | PROJECT NEWS


The winners of the second annual student journalism competitions were announced in La Paz earlier this month by EJC local partner Fundacion para el Periodismo. The two competitions, “Reporter for A Day” and “The Interview of My Dreams” are part of the global competitions originally created by the World Association of Newspapers Youth Engagement and News Literacy programme. Over 180 proposals were received from students across Bolivia.
And the winners are:

The Interview of My Dreams

Two testimonies about teenage abortion: From the sky or from the earth?

By Carolina Vargas, Micaela Torres y Mishel Ibáñez;

Secondary School: Instituto Bancario, Teacher: Richard Chávez

Reporter for a Day

Testimonies of children who are victims of domestic violence: To Paste and to insult a woman : a custom that could not be rooted out in rural areas

Student Team—North Education Unit Yesera Tarija

The final stories written and submitted by the Bolivian student teams addressed important issues such as abortion and domestic violence. Sponsored through the EJC’s five year Press Freedom 2.0 project in Bolivia funded by the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the project was implemented by Fundacion para el Periodismo as well as the Bolivian National Press Association. The competitions are held with the goal of bringing youth right into the daily life of a journalist as well as a way to improve their writing and interviewing skills.

The first contest ” The Interview of My Dreams ” , was implemented for the second consecutive year and consisted of students coached by their language and literature teachers, who are offered the chance to interview a Bolivian public figure of their choice. The competition is aimed at students aged 11-14 years. The second ” Reporter for a Day” , targets students aged 15-18 years old and includes visits to local media where journalists assist students with preparing their own reportages.

EJC Bolivian partner Fundacion para el Periodismo announces winners of 2013 national student journalism competitions “Reporter for a Day” and “Interview of My Dreams”

The winning stories were published widely in major Bolivian media and can be read here:

¿Desde el cielo o desde la tierra?Niños Reflejan Temas de Aborto y Violencia en Reportajes Marcos: el genio del cineLos lustrabotas somos personas de combate
Niños del Alcides Arguedas hicieron la entrevista que siempre soñaron
Violencia contra la mujer y aborto en adolescentes temas ganadores de concurso de la FPP
Reconocen a ganadores de concursos de periodismo
Estudiantes de colegio fueron periodistas por un día

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.

MFSII - Press Freedom 2.0
A five-year, international media development initiative, Press Freedom 2.0 aims to support democratic development by empowering civil society, citizens, and local media organisations through the implementation of local media projects. Conducted by a Dutch consortium, the Press Freedom initiative offers a range of trainings and activities specifically tailored to the needs of 11 selected countries.