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The García Márquez Journalism Award announces the top 40 works that are part of its Official Selection

The Gabriel García Marquéz Journalism Award announced on Sept. 8 the top 40 journalistic works that form part of its Official Selection for 2016.

Click here to see the entire Official Selection list.

The journalistic works, in the categories of text, image, coverage and innovation, were chosen from a pool of 1,608 submissions and went through three rounds of judging.

The GGM Award was created “to recognize and encourage the pursuit of excellence, innovation and ethical coherence by journalists and media outlets working in Spanish and Portuguese,” according to the prize website.

Of the Latin American media outlets recognized in the Official Selection, a majority of the works came from outlets in Colombia (6). Works from Peru (5), Brazil (4), Chile (3) Guatemala (3), Mexico (3), Argentina (2), El Salvador (2), Venezuela (2), Bolivia (1) and Cuba (1) also made the list.

Additionally, more than half of the 40 projects were produced entirely, or in part, by journalists at Latin American digital native sites.

The Gabriel García Márquez Foundation for New Ibero-American Journalism (FNPI for its acronym in Spanish) created the first awards and festival of the same name in 2013. Finalists and winners of each category will be announced at the festival in Medellín, Colombia on Sept. 29.

In July, the organization announced that the journalists from Salvadoran digital native news site El Faro received the prize’s Excellence Award.

Note from the editor: This story was originally published by the Knight Center’s blog Journalism in the Americas, the predecessor of LatAm Journalism Review.

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