IE announces winners of the seventh edition of its Prize for Economic Journalism in Latin America

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The Prizes are sponsored by CAF – Development Bank of Latin America -, and Softland, and supported by CNN en español, Iberia, Cinco Días and Casa de América.

Entries comprise over two hundred articles, reports, interviews and other media formats from more than sixty media agencies and publications in the region. Judging criteria included a special focus on articles centered around the theme of innovation for development.

The Prize for the Best Article in the Daily Press category went to “ILab, semillero de oportunidades e innovación (iLab, seedbed for opportunities and innovation)”. The article is the work of Mariana F. Maldonado and was published in El Universal (Mexico). It was recognized for its role in disseminating, on a social level, the work of an entrepreneurship hub dedicated to fostering social mobility, a key issue in the region.

The Prize for the Best Article in the Non-Daily Press category was awarded to “Zonas de Innovadores (Innovator zones)”, by Andrés Almeida, published in America Economía, a business journal based in Chile with several further regional editions. The article was recognized for its analysis of the innovative ecosystem in ten cities in Latin America. In addition to the feature in the print edition of the journal, the data gleaned from the underlying research were also featured on the homepage of a specialized website.

Special prizes for El Economista (Mexico), Exame (Brazil) and Infonegocios (Cordoba, Argentina)

The seventh edition of the Prize for Economic Journalism in Latin America also recognized the work done by three media organizations promoting economic and entrepreneurial culture in Latin America.

El Economista (Mexico) came first in the category of Best Daily Press Media for its extensive coverage of economic issues and innovation. Founded in the second half of the nineteen eighties, which coincided with a very intense period for the Mexican economy, El Economist publishes 31,500 articles a year in its print edition.

The journal Exame (Brazil) received the Prize in the Non-Daily Press category for its work on the dissemination of economic information and furthering the development of Brazil’s business fabric. It was launched in 1967 as a supplement to other journals until Brazilian publisher April made it into an independent journal in 1971, since when it has become a mainstay for information on Brazil’s economy. The exame.com website publishes 65,000 articles a year and features over 1,000 videos, attracting 14 million users per month.

Infonegocios (Cordoba, Argentina) was recognized for its work in the field of economic journalism and as the best media based outside a capital city. It was founded in July 2003 and now has editions in Cordoba, Tucuman, Salta, Neuquen, Mar del Plata, Corrientes and Resistencia. The Cordoba edition publishes some 3,000 articles per annum. It has 50,000 active registered users and 74,000 on Facebook, and is now a highly dynamic agent in the field of regional economic information within Argentina.

The competition judges reviewed all the work submitted by close to 200 journalists for the seventh edition of the IE Business School Prizes for Economic Journalism in Latin America. The panel comprised senior directors of firms and institutions involved in the organization of the competition, which included IE Business School, a world leader in the management education sector, CAF – Development Bank of Latin America, and  Softland, an international group with extensive experience in business management solutions.  The panel also included key players from the world of journalism like CNN, winners of previous editions of the competition, and professionals from Spanish and Portuguese media.

The IE Business School Prize for Economic Journalism in Latin America awards a total of $8,000 for the best journalistic work in the region. In the last five editions the competition has received over 1,000 articles authored by some 500 journalists and published in close to 250 leading media organizations in the field of economic journalism in Latin America.

About the organizers

The IE Business School Prizes for Economic Journalism in Latin America are sponsored by CAF – Development Bank of Latin America – and Softland, and supported by CNN en español, Iberia, Cinco Días and Casa de América.

The prizes for this seventh edition will be presented in a ceremony held on April 19 at the Casa de América building in Madrid. Cinco Días newspaper will be the official media organization for the event and Iberia will serve as official airline.