Recognitions and Awards of La Voz de Guanacaste
In August of this year, the publication Papagayo´s Secret Files was chosen as the only Costa Rican investigation to become a finalist in the Inter-American Press Association’s Excellence in Journalism Award, which annually recognizes the best news reports in the Americas.
In November, La Voz de Guanacaste won the National Award for Equality and Gender Equity in its 2018-2020 edition, awarded by the National Institute for Women (INAMU) with three stories about the rights of women in Guanacaste.
In December, the article “Firefighters of Nosara managed to attend more than 260 emergencies with the cell phone” was selected by the Network Solutions Journalism as one of the 14 best stories of this type of journalism in all the world. The Solutions Journalism Network brings together 863 newsrooms from 156 countries that are publishing stories with this approach. La Voz de Guanacaste is the only media from Latin America allied to the network.
In July, together with the national newspaper Semanario Universidad, we published the stories of Guanacastecans affected by Chronic Kidney Disease. In the story “Epidemic in Guanacaste kills farmers who Toil under the Sun”, produced during the course of a year, we explain how this strange disease has already killed almost 2,000 people, mostly very poor farmers, in the province with the smallest population of Costa Rica (with 350,000 inhabitants).
In May we partnered with the University of Pennsylvania of the United States to jointly develop the campaign to promote against domestic violence for the special “The Silent Fight of Guanacastecan Women Against Domestic Violence.”
At the beginning of the year, La Voz de Guanacaste was chosen by the Kelley School of Business of the University of Indiana, to be the object of study to propose to our newspaper, new tactics of financial sustainability.
We joined the environmental education movement Guardianes de la Naturaleza and won the grant for the Second Exchange of Debt for Nature between Costa Rica and the United States, to provide rural schools of Nicoya and Hojancha with environmental education material.
We won the “Donaciones Catalizadoras” grant from the CRUSA foundation to bring solution journalism to all corners of the province. This grant is active until August 2019 and every month we publish 3 solution stories.
We developed the second edition of GuanaData with the support of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, to analyze the accounting data of the municipality of Liberia between 2013 and 2017 (you can see the results here). In order to support the improvement of Liberia’s communities through projects developed by them, we designed citizen support and training laboratories on budgetary issues.
Also during the last year, the International Center for Journalism (ICFJ) and the network of judicial journalists of Latin America Cosecha Roja, selected two of our journalists, María Fernanda Cruz and Andrea Rodríguez, to receive grants to improve their coverage on human rights. They were the first journalists in Costa Rica to be selected in this grant.
2017 Grants and Awards
We were also chosen by the Ministry of Culture to receive the grant “Puntos de Cultura” to give workshops in La Cruz and Hojancha on how to take professional photos with a cellphone and to promote national movies with our “Movies in the Park” events, and the Arias Foundation for Peace and Human Progress awarded us honorable mention for our publications about gender-based violence.
The Voice of Guanacaste along with national media Amelia Rueda were the only two medias from Costa Rica to participate in the cross-border investigation “The Paradise Papers”. VoG published a series of 3 stories named “Papagayo´s Secret Files” in November 2017 along with 100 other international media organizations thanks to the support of the ICIJ.