International Journalists' Day: A tribute to the profession
Latin American countries such as Colombia celebrate the day on Feb. 9, and Venezuela on June 27. But the world day is on Sept. 8.
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To understand why Thursday, Sept. 8 is celebrated as the International Day of Journalists, it is necessary to go to the past. Julius Fučík was born on Feb. 23, 1903 in Prague, Czechoslovakia, and he started as a literary and theater critic until he became editor of several magazines that were related to his passions, such as Rude Pravo and Tvorba, in which he published dozens of reports.
When the Nazi army occupied Czechoslovakia, he continued to publish in magazines covering key figures of Czechoslovak progressive culture. In 1942, he was arrested by the Gestapo and then transferred in the Summer of the following year to Berlin, where he was tortured and hanged a little later, on Sept. 8, 1943.
During his stay in prison, he wrote Report at the foot of the gallows, a book that immortalized his figure. It was published in 1945, and transcended borders as it was translated into more than 80 languages. Fučík was posthumously awarded the International Peace Prize in 1950.
That is why, journalists today have the great task of informing a public that is becoming larger and larger thanks to electronic media and publications across different social networks.
On this date, the world highlights the importance of the profession in seeking the truth and defending freedom of expression.
While we study journalism and receive a lot of valuable information, it's when internships come into play that we truly put ourselves to the test and use everything we have learned, becoming "effective communicators."
In the process, we learn from more experienced journalists and begin to create a personal work environment, which will be focused on creating our best version to make ourselves known in the media world, often venturing into areas that not previously imagined, but at the same time challenging oneself to achieve them.