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The Gabo Festival began this Friday and ends tomorrow in the Colombian capital, with the participation of journalists from Ibero-America and other parts of the world. Image of the Festival
The Gabo Festival began this Friday and ends tomorrow in the Colombian capital, with the participation of journalists from Ibero-America and other parts of the world. Image of the Festival

Tribute to García Márquez in Bogota at the 10th Gabo Festival of Ibero-American Journalism

It is an opportunity to exchange experiences, reward the best works and project what the Nobel Prize in Literature called the most beautiful craft in the world.

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The event is annual and is usually held in Medellín. The Gabo Festival is organized by the Gabo Foundation, formerly called the Foundation for a New Ibero-American Journalism, created by the journalist and novelist in 1995. Among the motivations was a permanent concern of his for the profession: "To be a journalist you need an important cultural base, a lot of practice, and also a lot of ethics".

This year, the Festival coincides with the commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the Nobel Prize for Literature awarded to Gabo, who transcended through magnificent works such as 'One Hundred Years of Solitude', 'El coronel no tiene quien le escriba' and 'Love in the Time of Cholera'. García Márquez was an exceptional reporter, chronicler, correspondent, novelist and with an enormous interest in film scripts.

The Festival began this Friday and ends tomorrow. Among the speakers are several of the winners of the Gabo Prize, the award promoted by the Festival. Among others on the agenda are Mexicans Juan Villoro and Carmen Aristegui, Nicaraguan Sergio Ramirez, Venezuelan Luz Meli Reyes, Argentinean Leila Guerriero and Spaniard Maria Jesus Espinosa de los Monteros.

Precisely, yesterday, Mexican writer Juan Villoro received the Gabo Award 2022 Recognition of Excellence, the most important award together with the awards in the categories of Coverage, Text, Image, Audio and Photography. A total of 1,980 nominations were submitted and evaluated by 62 journalists from Latin America, Spain and Portugal.

Villoro was recognized for "the inspiring combination of his work and career". Writer Sergio Ramírez highlighted the Mexican writer's narrative relationship with Gabo's magical realism and added that "for Villoro, the narration of real events admits the doubt and sanity of the imaginary. Because the real so often overflows the imagination".

The agenda includes a talk by Villoro and Leila Guerriero entitled 'The map of curiosity of Juan Villoro'.

There are conferences, workshops and talks that touch on the reality of journalism in the region, the new technological platforms and the transcendence of Gabo. On the latter aspect are 'García Márquez and the art of storytelling through art' and 'Thus was Gabo the journalist in Bogota'.

As for the new forms of digital programming are 'Digital native media: Is it possible to make quality, sustainable and innovative journalism in Latin America', 'New ways of narrating: the podcast', 'The podcast, a new life for journalism', 'The great wave of the Metaverse and what is coming in journalism' and 'Immersive narratives: journalism today and Google Web Stories'.

On the problem of information itself is 'How fake news is made: lies, disinformation and post-truth'. In other aspects, the agenda includes 'Environmental investigative journalism: the importance of networking and data management', 'Care, gender and human rights: good journalistic practices', 'The four paths of narrative journalism', 'Emerging journalism in the political and social turmoil of Latin America' and 'Investigative journalism: how to follow the money routes'. 

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