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Maria Moors Cabot Prizes

Honoring reporting on Latin America & the Caribbean

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The Maria Moors Cabot Prizes are the oldest international awards in journalism and were founded in 1938. The prizes recognize journalists and news organizations with a distinguished body of work that has contributed to Inter­-American understanding.

Nominations for the 2021 Cabot Prizes Now Open

Nominations are now open. The deadline to submit nominations is March 26, 2021.

This award is given to journalists who, in their work and throughout their careers, have contributed to promoting greater Inter-American understanding and relations on the American continent.

Who is eligible?

  • Any journalist and/or news executive who works for any news organization based in the Western Hemisphere or any press association or news service that serves such an organization;
  • Other individuals, including freelance journalists, with a long record of reporting on the region;
  • All media platforms, including online publications.

The Cabot Prizes Board, comprised of journalists and educators concerned with hemisphere affairs, will judge the entries. The Trustees of Columbia University, on the recommendation of the dean, will choose the winners. The honorees are announced in the summer and will receive a Cabot medal and $5,000 honorarium. Special citations may also be awarded. 

What does the Cabot Board look for?

The Cabot Prizes Board looks for exceptional and courageous reporting that impacts society, and evidence of commitment to important stories over the course of a long and distinguished career. They are particularly interested in hearing about journalists and news organizations that have made a sustained contribution to Inter-­American understanding through their coverage of the Americas. The board also seeks to honor journalists who have taken active roles in upholding freedom of the press in the Americas. Although awards have been given to publishers and other managers, the board is especially interested in honoring individual journalists.

Nominate

Supported document types include .doc, .docx, .pdf, .rtf, .jpg, .xls. Supporting digital presentations can be sent as links.

Please upload each of the following items and provide working links for digital presentations:

  • Nominee’s biography and/or CV listing education, journalistic experience and public service, with dates.
  • A statement or nomination letter describing how the nominee has contributed towards international understanding in the Western Hemisphere.
  • Career highlights, examples of work: At least five but no more than ten (without prior authorization) print articles, books, television or radio programs or online stories that best represent the nominee’s career, or body of work. Curate the stories or reporting that shows strengths over time.
  • Please provide working direct links to any media.
  • Individuals may nominate themselves.
  • Nominations must be signed by the person submitting it.
  • One to three letters from third parties that explain why the nominee is especially deserving of the prize are also welcome. Supporting material such as books will not be returned.

Nominate

The deadline to submit nominations is March 26. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

**If you have been contacted concerning a nomination from the previous year that is being considered for 2021, please submit recent examples of work using the nomination form.**

Como entrar

Postulaciones están abiertas. La fecha límite es el 26 de marzo, 2021.

Se entrega este premio a periodistas que, a través de la constancia en su trabajo a lo largo de su carrera, han contribuido a mejorar las relaciones en el continente americano y a fomentar un mayor entendimiento panregional.

¿Quién puede ser nominado?

  • Cualquier periodista y/o ejecutivo que trabaje para una empresa de medios en las Américas, o cualquier asociación de prensa, servicio o agencia de noticias que desarrolle una labor profesional para este tipo de organización;
  • Periodistas freelance que lleven gran parte de su carrera cubriendo la región;
  • Medios, cualquiera sea su aporte, incluyendo las publicaciones en Internet y los blogueros.

El encargado de estudiar las nominaciones será un comité de selección compuesto por periodistas y académicos especializados en América Latina, bajo la dirección del decano de la Facultad de Periodismo de la Universidad de Columbia. Los premios son otorgados por los miembros del consejo de administración de la Universidad de Columbia, según las recomendaciones del decano. Los nombres de los galardonados se anuncian en el verano y se celebra una ceremonia en su honor en otoño en el campus de la universidad, en Nueva York. Los premios consisten en una medalla Cabot, además de 5.000 dólares.

Desde la creación del premio en 1938, lo han recibido 301 periodistas provenientes del Caribe, América Latina, Canadá, Estados Unidos y otros países. A ellos se suman otros 63 periodistas o grupos de periodistas distinguidos con menciones especiales.

¿Qué es lo que busca el comité de selección?

Se buscan ejemplos excepcionales de periodismo realizados por profesionales que hayan demostrado un compromiso inequívoco a la hora de cubrir las historias más importantes de la región a lo largo de su carrera profesional. El comité y el decano tienen un especial interés en descubrir periodistas y medios que hayan contribuido, de manera seria y sostenida, al entendimiento interamericano a través de su cobertura de las Américas. También están interesados en galardonar a aquellos periodistas que hayan participado de manera activa en la defensa de la libertad de prensa en las Américas. Aunque se han otorgado premios a directores de diarios y otros candidatos en cargos ejecutivos, el comité se inclina por premiar el trabajo de los periodistas individuales.

Información sobre las nominaciones

Tal como se indica más adelante, los documentos suplementarios deberán presentar en formateados como .doc, .docx, .pdf, .rtf, .jpg, .xls.

  • Todos los documentos enumerados a continuación en el formato adequado.
  • CV del postulante, que deberá detallar su formación académica, su experiencia periodística y su servicio público con las fechas correspondientes
  • Una declaración que describa cuál es el aporte que ha hecho el candidato para mejorar la relación entre las Américas a través de su trabajo
  • Al menos cinco pero no más de diez (sin autorización previa) artículos de diarios o revistas que sean representativos del trabajo del candidato. Se recomienda la presentación de versiones para impresión en papel tamaño carta estándar.
  • Para las entradas de vídeo y radio favor de incluir los links con las contraseñas apropriadas. Los links deberán permancer disponibles en línea hasta noviembre del 2020.
  • Una a tres cartas de recomendación que expliquen por qué el candidato merece ser nominado.

Nominar

La fecha límite es el 26 de marzo. No serán tenidas en cuenta las postulaciones incompletas.

**Si usted ha sido contactado respecto a una nominación anterior que será considerada para el 2021, por favor suba ejemplos de artículos o reportajes recientes a través del formulario de nominación.**

Como participar

Indicações estão abertas. O prazo de entrega é o dia 26 de março, 2021.

Este prêmio é concedido a jornalistas que, em seu trabalho, e ao longo de sua carreira, têm contribuído a promover um maior entendimento pan­regional no continente Americano.

Quem pode ser premiado?

  • Qualquer jornalista e/ou executivo/a que trabalha para uma empresa de mídia nas Américas, ou qualquer associação de imprensa, serviço ou agência de notícias que desenvolva um trabalho profissional para este tipo de organização;
  • Jornalistas freelance que levam uma grande parte da sua carreira cobrindo a região;
  • Mídia, qualquer seja sua contribuição, incluindo as publicações na internet e dos/as blogueiros/as.

O encarregado de estudar as premiações será um comitê de seleção composto por jornalistas e acadêmicos/as especializados sobre América Latina, sob a direção do decano da Faculdade de jornalismo da Universidade de Columbia. Os prêmios serão concedidos por os membros do conselho de administração da Universidade de Columbia de acordo com as recomendações do decano. Os nomes dos vencedores são anunciados no verão e uma cerimônia é realizada em sua homenagem no outono no campus da universidade em Nova York. Os prêmios consistem em uma medalha Cabot, além de 5,000 dólares.

Desde a criação do prêmio em 1938, foi recebido por 301 jornalistas provenientes do Caribe, América Latina, Canadá, Estados Unidos e outros países. A eles se somam outros 63 jornalistas ou grupos de jornalistas distinguidos com menções especiais.

O comitê de seleção busca o quê?

Buscamos exemplos excepcionais do jornalismo realizados por profissionais que tenham provado um compromisso inequívoca na hora de realizar reportagens mais importantes da região ao longo da sua carreira profissional. O comitê e o decano têm um interesse especial em descobrir jornalistas e mídia que têm contribuído de forma séria e sustentável, ao entendimento inter­americano através da sua cobertura sobre as Américas. Também estão interessados em premiar aqueles jornalistas que têm participado de forma ativa na defesa da liberdade da imprensa nas Américas. Apesar do fato de que o prêmio já foi concedido a diretores de redações e outros candidatos em posições executivas, o comitê prefere premiar o trabalho dos jornalistas individuais.

Informação sobre as premiações

Como indicado abaixo, os materiais devem estar formatados em arquivo .doc, .docx, .pdf, .rtf, .jpg, .xls.

  • CV do candidato, deve apresentar a sua formação acadêmica, sua experiência jornalística e seu serviço público com as datas correspondentes.
  • Uma declaração que descreve qual é a contribuição que fez o candidato para melhorar as relações entre as Américas através de seu trabalho.
  • Pelo menos cinco mas não mais que dez (sem autorização prévia) artigos de jornal ou revistas que servem como representação do trabalho do candidato. Recomenda­se a apresentação das versões para impressão em papel tamanho carta normal.
  • Para as entradas das transmissões de vídeo e de radio favor de apresentar os links com as senhas se aplicável. Os links devem ficar disponîveis até novembro de 2020.
  • Uma a três cartas de recomendação que explicam porque o candidato merece ser premiado.

Indique

O prazo de entrega é o dia 26 de março. Não serão aceitas candidaturas incompletas.

**Se você já foi contactado com respeito a uma nomeação anterior que vai ser considerada para o 2021, favor de carregar exemplos de reportagens recentes através do formulário de candidatura.**

About

The Cabot Prizes Board looks for exceptional and courageous reporting that impacts society, and evidence of commitment to important stories over the course of a long and distinguished career. They are particularly interested in journalists and news organizations that have made a sustained contribution to Inter­-American understanding through their coverage of the Americas. The board also seeks nominations for journalists who have taken active roles in upholding freedom of the press in the Americas. Although awards have been given to publishers and other managers, the board is especially interested in honoring individual journalists.

Past Winners

See the full list of our winners here.

Meet our 2020 winners by clicking on the arrow below.

 

Ricardo Calderón Villegas, Revista SEMANA, Colombia

Over the course of his 25-year-long career, Ricardo Calderón Villegas has become one of Colombia's leading investigative reporters. His extensive investigations have triggered corruption scandals that rocked the country, leading to the removal from office, arrests and prosecutions of dozens of shady officials.

His exposés revealed the luxurious life of military officers jailed for crimes against humanity, and uncovered a major espionage scandal in which intelligence officials engaged in unlawful phone tapping, among other sensitive stories. In one recent investigation, he disclosed that army intelligence officers had been illegally collecting information on the whereabouts and news sources of American journalists and dozens of Colombian reporters.

For his courageous work, Calderón has been repeatedly harassed and received serious death threats. In 2013, he survived an assassination attempt after unidentified assailants shot his car outside Bogotá. In this age of social media saturation, Calderón continues to cultivate a low profile, publishing his investigations anonymously. 

 

Patrícia Campos Mello, Folha de S. Paulo, Brazil

A fearless investigative reporter, Patrícia Campos Mello has been on the frontlines covering the news and seeking the truth for more than two decades. Her outstanding investigations have taken her from war zones to areas where heroic health workers were fighting the Ebola, Zika and now COVID-19 epidemics; from the immediate aftermath of 9/11 in New York City to the underground world of secretive factories of social media disinformation in Brazil.

Throughout her award-winning career, Campos Mello has produced consistently outstanding work that has had a major impact in Brazil, where she inspires other journalists. In 2018, after she published a series about an alleged financial scheme to elect Jair Bolsonaro president of Brazil, she was targeted by a brutal campaign of online harassment and threats and verbally attacked by Bolsonaro, his family and supporters. Even under those harrowing circumstances, she kept the focus on her investigative reporting.

In these challenging times when independent journalism is under attack in Brazil and other countries throughout the Americas, the Maria Moors Cabot Board honors Patrícia Campos Mello as a prime example of a professional journalist who continues to do her job in the face of adversity. There is no democracy without Patrícias, without a free press.

 

Stephen Ferry, photojournalist, United States

With the patience of an anthropologist and great humanity, photographer Stephen Ferry has dedicated more than three decades of his life to projects with impact that have become models of immersive photojournalism.  

In 1993, he documented the exhumation of the El Mozote massacre in a pine forest in Morazán, El Salvador where the US-trained Atlacatl Battalion - fresh from training at Ft. Bragg - had killed over 800 civilians. Ferry’s images of the incontrovertible evidence revealed by the Argentine Forensic Anthropology Team were published in The New Yorker and on the front page of The New York Times.

In 2000, Ferry moved to Colombia to cover Colombia's internal armed conflict. Throughout his impressive body of work, Ferry’s photography reveals an almost poetic eye for the tensions inherent in the daily lives of people forced to live at the edge of human endurance, where violence and conflict seem always about to erupt. As a teacher with the Foundation for a New Iberoamerican Journalism, his meticulous work has become a powerful voice, one that has inspired generations of Latin American photojournalists.

 

Carrie Kahn, NPR, United States

Carrie Kahn has been bringing stories from Mexico and the Caribbean to spirited life on the radio for nearly three decades. With microphone in hand, she began capturing voices of the border region as a local reporter in San Diego in 1994.  Moving to NPR, she was the first journalist from the public radio network to reach Haiti after the devastating earthquake in 2010. She returned repeatedly to Haiti, exposing spendthrift charities whose aid was not helping the needy. As NPR’s international correspondent based in Mexico for the past eight years, Kahn has produced deeply-informed narrations of narcotics violence, political turmoil and surging migration.

When the exploits of the kingpin known as El Chapo were making headlines, Kahn’s stories recalled the many Mexicans who were kidnapped or murdered by his henchmen.  She journeyed with migrants fleeing from Central America as they traversed perils in Mexico and confronted shifting obstacles at the U.S. border. She recorded the anguish of parents separated from their children and the dashed hopes of deportees. Through the immediacy of audio, Kahn’s reporting reveals Latin America to millions of American listeners.

Judges

These journalists and educators serve as the 2021 Cabot Prizes Board. The awards are administered by the trustees of Columbia University.

Rosental Alves, Board Chair and Founder and Director of the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas at the University of Texas, Austin

Abi Wright, Executive Director of Professional Prizes, Columbia Journalism School

Juan Enríquez Cabot, Chairman and CEO of Biotechonomy, LLC

Elena Cabral, Assistant Dean of Academic Programs and Communications, Columbia Journalism School

Carlos Dada, Founder of El Faro

Gustavo Gorriti, Journalist and Founder of IDL Reporteros

Marjorie Miller, Director of Global News and Enterprise for The Associated Press

Hugo Alconada Mon, investigative journalist, La Nación

Julia Preston, Contributing Writer, The Marshall Project

Giannina Segnini, Director, Master of Science Data Journalism Program, Journalism at Columbia University

Tracy Wilkinson, Senior Reporter covering foreign affairs out of the Los Angeles Times’ Washington bureau

 

Seven members of the Cabot Prize Board have received Cabot medals.

Contact

Professional Prizes

cjsprizes@gmail.com
212­-854-­5047

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