How Latin America’s Digital Journalists are Overtaking Traditional Media

The Gabriel García Márquez journalism awards are considered one of the most prestigious for Spanish and Portuguese-language media. Notably, in 2016, over half of the nominees in three categories — text, reporting and innovation — produced work for digital sites.

And when the so-called “Gabo” awards were announced at a journalism conference in Medellín, Colombia, on September 29, all of the winners in these categories were journalists at online news organizations that have existed for less than a decade. Meanwhile, the winner of the Gabo award for overall excellence in journalism was El Salvador’s El Faro, the oldest online-only investigative journalism site in Latin America, having launched in 1998.

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