Atlas Network and Cátedra Vargas Llosa announce the Carlos Alberto Montaner Young Journalism Prize 2024

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MADRID, May 25th, 2024—Atlas Network and the Cátedra Vargas Llosa are pleased to announce the call for entries for the fourth installment of the Young Journalism Award, a joint initiative that was inaugurated in 2021 and celebrated its third edition in 2023.

The project aims to recognize and promote the values of liberty in Ibero-American journalism. It is endowed with US$10,000 and is aimed at fostering excellence, journalistic rigor, ethical consistency, and the defense of freedom in the practice of journalism.

The prize was renamed the Carlos Alberto Montaner Young Journalism Prize, in honor of the great journalist and distinguished public intellectual Carlos Alberto Montaner, who chaired the jury of this initiative during its first two editions, and who sadly passed away last year.

The jury is now chaired by Mr. Montaner’s daughter, Gina Montaner, who herself is a well-known and respected journalist.

The year of its inauguration, Álvaro Vargas Llosa highlighted the importance of this project: “We want journalism, in its different manifestations, to be valued as a cultural category; and this award serves to stimulate young journalists to carry out this task without any reservations compared to other genres in the world of culture.”

The first edition was won by Cuban journalist Carla Gloria Colomé for a report published in the digital media El Estornudo, entitled: “El 11 de julio en San Antonio de los Baños: Lo que se ve / lo que no se ve,” where she chronicles the beginning of the youth protests that took Cuba by storm at the time. The second edition was awarded went to Mexican journalist Víctor Núñez Jaime, for "El segundo exilio de Sergio Ramírez,” a profile of the second exile under the Ortega dictatorship of Nicaraguan writer and politician (and a Cervantes Prize winner in 2018), which was published in Milenio. The third edition was won by Otoniel Ramírez, for his video exposé “Duele Respirar,” a telling television documentary by Fuerza Informativa Azteca on the brutality of the Ortega dictatorship in Nicaragua.

For more information on the award convened by Atlas Network and the Cátedra Vargas Llosa please consult

The new entries can be uploaded starting on May 25th, 2024, and will close on Friday, October 11, 2024.

The winner of the Young Journalism Prize 2024 will be announced in mid-November during the annual Advisory Council meetings of the Fundación Internacional para la Libertad in Miami, Florida. The winner will be also invited to participate in a cornerstone talk on the winning topic in Atlas Network’s forthcoming Latin American Liberty Forum, to be held in mid-February 2025 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.