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ANDAR SWEEPS TOP AWARDS FOR EXCELLENCE IN JOURNALISM AND PHOTOJOURNALISM
SANTA CRUZ, CA, September
25, 2002. El Andar
the national magazine that covers political and cultural trends
in the US Latino community has won two top awards and three runners-up
from the New California
Media (NCM) Awards.
NCM America's most diverse
media network honored the winners at the NCM Awards Banquet at
the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills on September 17.
El Andars winners include
Paul Myers for Guatemala: Exhuming the Past, Best Photo Essay
Award, and Catherine Worth and Tatiana de la Tierra for Refugees
of an Endless War and A Prisoner of Hope, International
El Andar has won the NCM Photography
Prize every year since the Awards inception in 1997.
Dubbed by mainstream media
as "the Pulitzers of the ethnic media," the NCM Awards are the
only multi-lingual awards for ethnic media journalists in the country.
This year NCM received almost 300 entries a record-breaking
number, which is a testament to the vibrancy of this fast-growing segment
of American journalism, said Eva Martinez, former Director of the
Center for Integration and Improvement of Journalism at San Francisco
State University and currently Executive Director of Accion Latina.
NCM has a membership of over
400 print, broadcast and online ethnic media organizations in the state
of California. NCM is the most comprehensive multi-cultural, multi-ethnic
media coalition in the state of California and the country.
According to NCM judges, Paul
Myers puts a human face on Guatemalas 36-year civil war which killed
thousands of Mayan Indians while driving them from their land. This
is the second time NCM awards a prize to Paul Myers for his continuing
excellence and commitment to social photojournalism. The judges also commended
Myers photo essay on Brazil published in El Andar in the Spring
Catherine Worth won the first
prize for her work in reporting the life of Colombian farmers in refugee
camps in a Colombian border town with Ecuador. Ms. Worth was an intern
at El Andar while attending the University of California, Santa Cruz and
before going to work for The Village Voice in New York. Tatiana de la
Tierra is a Colombian writer who won this award for her story on intellectual
Gustavo Gardeazábal who was at the time in prison in Colombia but
was freed five months after the story was published.
The magazine and the winning entries may be accessed at www.elandar.com.
About el Andar Magazine
El Andar was founded by its
publisher, Jorge Chino, in 1989. Its beautifully printed pages offer interviews
with luminaries such as Edward James Olmos and Pedro Almodovar.
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