The Journalism of Excellence Award 2023 receives more than 350 nominations

For the first time such a young president took office in Chile; a new constitution was written, was rejected, and the foundations were laid for drafting another; migration was skyrocketing and violent crime was on the rise; all at the pace of an inflation rate of 12% – events that set the pace of news in 2022.

These themes, among others, such as gender progress, the environment and the return to the new normality, were the protagonists of the almost 400 works received in the four categories (written, audiovisual, digital and university journalism) awarded by the Journalism of Excellence Award (PPE) of the Alberto Hurtado University.

“For 20 years, the Journalism Award of Excellence has rewarded the best, the most creative, rigorous and influential,” says EPP director Roberto Herrscher.

“This year is special: the media crisis, the rise of fake news, the reign of memes and mockery on social networks as if it were information make good journalism more important than ever. That is why it is relevant that the EPP has received nearly 400 jobs in all formats. The quality of the received works and of the juries demonstrates the vitality of Chilean journalism,” says Herrscher.

Gabo Foundation

Twenty years after the start of the competition, the prize continues to gain international prestige, cementing the alliance with the Gabo Foundation —Gabo Márquez Foundation for the New Ibero-American Journalism—, which this year, as in previous versions, will host the winners in Colombia to participate in the festival organized by the foundation.

The works, which will be evaluated through two rounds of independent juries, are currently being analyzed by a pre-selection jury made up of a total of 36 experts in their respective fields. They are the ones who will choose the works that will go to the second round. For this, they will begin to discuss this Friday January 20, which proposals will go into the hands of the finalist jury.

In the audiovisual journalism category, reports, interviews and surveys were received from all channels with a national presence in the country. For their part, in the written journalism category, they applied for almost 130 investigative articles, including reports, interviews, chronicles and profiles.

Furthermore, podcasts have been the main protagonists in applications referring to the category of digital excellence. What about university students? In the more than seventy postulated documents, there are several houses of study such as the University of Chile, the Pontifical Catholic University, the Universidad del Desarrollo, the Diego Portales University, the Andrés Bello University and the Alberto Hurtado University. In addition, this year there has been an increased participation of students from the regions, who have applied from Concepción, Talca, Valparaíso and Viña del Mar.

The pre-selection jury for each category now has the difficult task of reaching a consensus to choose which ones will go to the second round and in the hands of the finalist jury, which includes renowned journalists and personalities such as Ramón Ulloa, Pilar Rodríguez, Claudia Álamo, Paula Molina, Mirta Ojito, Patricio de la Paz and Faride Zarán, among others. The finalists in each category will be announced through the official channels of the EPP, the Department of Journalism and the Alberto Hurtado University, in April 2023.

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