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Date: Thu, 10 Jul 2008 18:36:13 -0700
Subject: IOA announces Ealy journalism award winners

July 10, 2008 La Jolla, Ca. -- The Institute of the Americas and the Fundacion Ealy Ortiz announced the winners of the Jack F. Ealy Latin American Scientific Journalism Awards on Wednesday, the opening day of the fifth annual Jack F. Ealy Workshop on Science Journalism hosted by the Institute of the Americas.

The awards, the first ever given for science journalism in Latin America, were judged by Dr. Juan Ramon de la Fuente, who served for eight years as rector of the National Autonomous University of Mexico, Latin America’s largest university; Sergio Munoz,a former Los Angeles Times editorial board member who now writes a column syndicated throughout Latin America; Enrique Bustamante, director of Fundacion Ealy Ortiz and S. Lynne Walker, the Copley News Service Mexico City Bureau Chief for 15 years who now serves as vice president of the Institute of the Americas.

The journalism award and the workshop, which are designed to encourage in-depth, comprehensive coverage of science, health and environmental issues, were initiated by Juan Francisco Ealy Ortiz, president of the board of Mexico City-based El Universal in honor of his late father, Jack F. Ealy. First-place winners each received a cash prize of $4,000 and journalists selected for honorable mention each received a cash prize of $1,000.

The winners also received a full scholarship to the nine-day workshop.The winners of the Jack F. Ealy Latin American Journalism Award for Health coverage are: First place – Camilo Andres Amaya, who reports on health and science issues for “Semana” magazine in Bogota, Colombia.

Amaya’s winning entry focuses on the treatable, but often overlooked, disease of uterine cancer. “Well written, well narrated and well structured,” Munoz said of Amaya’s work, “presenting relevant information and putting it in clear context.” Honorable mention – Maria Alejandra Reyes, editor of the health and environment section of “El Periodico” in Valencia, Venezuela.

Reyes’ entry showed readers the deplorable health conditions in a Baghdad hospital. “Maria presented a courageous and raw version of a recurring problem in countries with deficient hospital systems, and particularly countries at war such as Iraq,” said Bustamante.

The winners of the Jack F. Ealy Latin American Journalism Award for Environmental coverage are:

First place - Liliana Guadalupe Chavez Diaz
, a reporter specializing in environmental coverage at “El Imparcial” in Hermosillo, Mexico. Her three-part series explained to readers the devastating consequences of large-scale tourism development in the coastal state of Sonora. “The importance of the story lies in the exposure of the repeated overlooking of environmental impact on a dry and dusty city … where discrimination and worsening poverty are among the consequences.”

Honorable mention – Sergio Federovisky, conductor of the environmental program “Contaminacion Cero” in Buenos Aires, Argentina. His documentary demonstrated the dramatic impact of over fishing and polluting one of Venezuela’s major rivers. “Sergio combines excellent sources, in-depth research and his ease with the subject to draw viewers into a compelling story of environmental disaster,” said Walker.

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