The “Félix Varela” Award for Excellence in American Journalism on Latino issues is the largest cash prize in this category in US Journalism.
The prizes are presented by the AL DÍA Foundation, chaired by Hernán Guaracao, former president of the National Association of Hispanic Publications in the US, and founder, editor and publisher of AL DÍA, a print and web-based news media organization with main offices in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
The award was established to honor the memory of Father Félix Varela y Morales, an American intellectual of Latino origin who founded one of the first Spanish-language newspapers in the United States, in the city of Philadelphia, at the beginning of the 19th Century.
The Varela Awards will be offered in a competition among recent U.S. Journalism School graduates from any J-School located in any of 50 States, who articulate compelling reasons to receive a one-year fellowship for an AL DIA Foundation's "Varela Journalism Master Practicum," which practices the "Hospital Model of Journalism Education" in a truly multiracial, multiethnic, and multilingual newsroom.
An exhaustive and compelling investigation that connects the dots to reveal a decades-long drug smuggling operation linking Guatemala and New York, with tendrils reaching to Colombia and Mexico. Employing meticulous use of court documents, independent sources, and on-the-ground reporting in both countries, this three-part series examines the faces, the places and chronology of a vast criminal enterprise that moved thousands of pounds of drugs along a supply route that begins in South America and winds its way through Central America to the northeastern United States. Spectacular reporting.
After covering the arrest of a respected local priest for video taping police activities inside a Latino grocery store, reporter MacMillan stayed on the story, covering subsequent news events and allegations of harassment by police against Latino residents of East Haven. His series of follow-up stories about the racial and ethnic tensions in East Haven are a fine example of traditional shoe leather reporting, consistent news coverage and the use of video, digital photos and court documents to provide context for the overall story. A strong marriage of multimedia and journalism.
In this well-documented series on Mexican immigrants lured to northern California by phony promises of good paying jobs who end up as virtual slaves in service jobs, Ms. Nuñez captures the human drama of this story of our times. The series is exquisitely crafted, meticulously reported and captures the human dimension of the male and female immigrants caught in a pernicious web of human trafficking, which has become a crisis of global proportions.
An expertly told tale of the immigration of indigenous rural Guatemalans to a suburban community in the San Francisco Bay area. This series, published in English and Spanish, explores the push and pull factors of the Guatemalans immigration the violence and poverty that drives them north, the promise that beckons, and the risks they encounter to survive in the alien culture of the United States. The series is enhanced by excellent images and moving first-person audio accounts by the immigrants.
AL DIA Foundation's "Varela Journalism Master Practicum" will allow Felix Varela Fellows to have daily interaction with AL DIA News Media's editorial staff and the many facets of digital media.
AL DIA News Media is a nationally award winning news media company, based in Philadelphia, that challenges mainstream media stereotypes of the Latino experience. Having built a solid brand reputation over the last 20 years, AL DIA has continued to grow and is ready to explode beyond the realm of traditional media. The company's online content includes its news website as well as its numerous social media outlets. It also has a robust events presence in the Philadelphia region, featuring dynamic events that host nationally elected and appointed figures as well as Fortune 500 leaders. Our Philadelphia print product has a 96% market penetration.In 2014 the company will be launching a website with a focus on national content generation. We're not a small company: we've been in business over 20 years and have a fancy Center City office with a fun view onto Market Street, but we don't forget our North Philadelphia roots, either.
Materials may be used by the AL DÍA Foundation for promotional purposes of the "Félix Varela" Awards.
Entries for the 2014 & 2015 awards must be postmarked no later than September 22nd, 2014.
Copy of the application is available here in Adobe PDF format. The entry form must be downloaded, printed, and mailed to the address below.
The “FÉLIX VARELA” Awards
AL DÍA Foundation
1835 Market Street, 4th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19103