Newspaper in Guanacaste Finalist for Prestigious Award
A project in Guanacaste stands out as one of the most important social undertakings in Latin America. And you can help them win first prize.
The Voice of Guanacaste, a media outlet located in the province, has reached the final round of the Viva Schmidheiny Awards, which will take place on August 11 in Colombia.
The news outlet will represent Costa Rica in a competition that began with 535 initiatives. Twelve were selected to be finalists. The Voice of Guanacaste is the only news organization on the list and one of two Costa Rican projects to reach the finals.
One of the most important prizes is from the public’s vote. Voting began this past July 17 and will close on July 31.
The news organization is currently in second place. With a small boost in votes, they would win first prize.
With the public’s help, The Voice of Guanacaste would win $5,000 that it promises to invest in more and better regional journalism and to positively impact the communities that they work in every day.
“The Voice of Guanacaste’s DNA resides in its mission to be an agent of change for better development in Guanacastecan communities. We strongly believe that journalism should serve to achieve positive change, denounce irregularities, and report on abuses of power in all the province’s communities,” said Emiliana García, the news outlet’s executive director.
“We strive to understand the problems that our communities suffer, and we go one step beyond journalism: not only do we write articles on the subject, but we also try to connect the dots between those who have solutions and those who have conflicts,” said María Fernanda Cruz, editor-in-chief of The Voice of Guanacaste.
The Voice of Guanacaste will also represent Costa Rica in Bogota next August 11, where it could win first place in the category Social Innovation. The Voice will compete with three other social projects, including ones from Chile and Colombia. The prize is $15,000.