Puerto Rico Journalists Association Holds Annual Convention
SAN JUAN – The Puerto Rico Journalists Association (ASPPRO by its Spanish acronym) held Saturday its 22nd edition of the National Journalism Awards, an event that highlighted the most important journalistic work produced during the past year by members of the media.
The National Journalism Awards are the centerpiece of Press Week, which was celebrated this year from July 31 to Aug. 6 with multiple events that led up to ASPPRO’s annual summit, the COPE Journalists Convention held at the Puerto Rico Convention Center in Miramar.
“The significance of this event is it raises the standards of journalistic work and presents a snapshot of the most significant events of the year. The country is experiencing times of great challenges and the press’ oversight has been instrumental in defending the right of the people to be informed,” said Juan Hernández, ASPPRO’s president and Caribbean Business regional editor.
The contest awarded $11,000 in prizes for the best works of the year in the news of the moment, interview, special report and investigative reporting categories for works broadcast on radio and TV or published on printed press or online. The submitted pieces were published or broadcast between July 1, 2015 and June 30, 2016.
The jury was comprised by a distinguished group of journalists, communicators and scholars. Its president is veteran journalist Israel Rodríguez. The print media panel was made up by Amarilys Ortiz, Leila Andreu and Mario Roche; the radio panel by Ruth Hernández, Yanira Hernández Cabiya and Carmen Enid Acevedo; the TV panel by Linda Hernández, Raúl Quiñonez and Vilma Pérez; and the multimedia panel by Edward Zayas, Daisy Sánchez and Proviana Colón.