The Ortega y Gasset Awards, awarded by the newspaper EL PAÍS, have put their gaze on investigative journalism and commitment to the facts in this edition. The jury, gathered this Thursday in a virtual meeting, especially valued the work done in this profession by women and distinguished works that give a voice to the most forgotten.
Transnationals of faith, an investigation on the evangelical political power in Latin America carried out by journalists from 16 different media and coordinated by the Latin American Center for Journalistic Investigation (founded a year and a half ago by five women and led by María Teresa Ronderos) and Columbia Journalism Investigations (with Gianina Segnini in front), was awarded the prize for the best journalistic story or investigation. The jury highlighted the important effort made “to deal with a serious and serious matter that affects the lack of protection of thousands of people belonging to especially vulnerable communities.”
The award for the best photography went to the Mexican María de Jesús Peters, correspondent of The universal, for an image taken during the migration crisis of June 2019 that reflects the pain of a Haitian mother and her sick child in a licensed center in the Chiapas area. It is the image of “human despair seen in the foreground, of the absence of hope, of lack of protection”, which brings together “many of the details that exemplify the drama of the migratory crises”. For the author, the objective of this committed office is “to seek and capture suffering and abuse, to expose a reality of injustice that many governments want to hide.”
In the Professional Career category, the winner is Mónica González, a Chilean journalist who from 2007 to 2019 directed the Center for Journalistic Investigation (CIPER). The jury has highlighted his commitment to journalism and his permanence in the front line for more than five decades. “She is a journalist of race, with an impeccable career, entrepreneurial, who has lived in very complicated contexts – in which being a journalist and, above all, a female journalist, was especially difficult – and who understands commitment from humility and humanity , two qualities that he transmits in all his works and projects ”.
González studied Journalism at the School of Journalism of the University of Chile, from where he began his career. During the period of the Popular Unity of Allende he worked for the newspaper The century and the magazine Now. After the 1973 coup, he went into exile in Paris, where he worked in a printing company. She returned to Chile in 1978 and worked as an investigative reporter for the magazines Channel and Analysis, opponents of the Pinochet regime. Later, he worked as a correspondent for the Spanish magazine Time, collaborated with the newspaper The time, was a research editor and deputy director at The nation, deputy editor of the magazine Stuff and correspondent for the Argentine newspaper Clarion. In 2002 he founded and directed the magazine Seven + 7, which later became Diary Seven.
Aragon, town by town, a series published in Herald of Aragon and carried out by Laura Uranga and Pablo Ferrer, it won the award for the best multimedia coverage. This intense and tenacious work, which runs through the 731 towns of the autonomous community, has led to the daily publication for two years of stories about depopulation in the community. The ruling highlighted the “exhaustive work, as well as the deep documentation work to address an issue, that of empty Spain, which has been placed at the center of the debate in recent years.”
In this 37th edition of the awards, the jury has been made up of Manuel Mirat, president of EL PAÍS and CEO of PRISA; Soraya Sáenz de Santamaría, former vice president of the Government of Spain, partner and member of the Board of Directors of Cuatrecasas; Antonio Llardén, president of Enagás, who has been represented by Felisa Martín, communication director of the company; Irene Cano, CEO of Facebook in Spain; Ángela Nieto, researcher at the Institute of Neurosciences of Alicante; Luz Casal, singer; Javier Moreno, director of EL PAÍS; Carlos Yárnoz, defender of the reader of EL PAÍS, and Rebeca Carranco, member of the Editorial Committee of EL PAÍS. Pedro Zuazua, Communications Director of PRISA Noticias, has served as secretary of the jury.
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 freedom, independence and rigor as essential virtues of journalism and give recognition to those works that have stood out For its quality. Each of the awards is endowed with 15,000 euros and with a work by the artist Eduardo Chillida from San Sebastian.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.