Congratulations to Carlos Dada for winning the 2011 Maria Moors Cabot Award for excellence in journalism, given each year by Columbia Journalism School.
Here's what the Cabot Awards say about Carlos Dada:
“Carlos Dada is the founder and director of El Faro, a vanguard, online news website which he runs from El Salvador, a small country that is still suffering from the trauma of its decade-long civil war. El Faro means lighthouse or beacon - and that’s what it is. With a limited budget, it has consistently published outstanding stories and projects - investigating long-ignored crimes and human rights abuses and now tracking growing drug violence throughout Central America. From its inception in 1998, El Faro has shown how digital media can overcome barriers of cost and tradition and offer honest journalism of high quality in a region where press standards are low and much of the media is highly partisan or even corrupt.”
bout the Maria Moors Cabot Prize
Founded in 1938 by the late Godfrey Lowell Cabot of Boston as a memorial to his wife, the Maria Moors Cabot Prize is the oldest international award in journalism. Since its inception, 261 Cabot Prizes and 53 special citations have been awarded to journalists from more than 30 countries in the Americas. The prizes are administered by the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism under the guidance of Josh Friedman, director of the Maria Moors Cabot Prizes and Lisa Sara Redd, associate director of professional prizes.
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