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New prize for economics journalism in Dominican Republic

January 8, 2006

A new journalism prize in the Dominican Republic aims to promote investigative journalism and encourage projects that focus on economic and business coverage. The submission deadline is Jan. 30.

The country’s Association of Commercial Banks (ABA) launched the competition in October, in cooperation with the Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra (PUCMM). The ABA Prize of Merit in Economic and Financial Journalism is intended for print journalists working in the Dominican Republic.

The contest is open to published works based on an exhaustive journalistic investigation into the country’s economic or financial situation, reflecting a multidimensional approach to the theme. The organizers say they will not accept stories that are simple compilations of third-party declarations or bibliographic materials.

The winner will receive DOP300,000 (about US$9,000). The award ceremony is scheduled for April 5, Journalists’ Day in the Dominican Republic.

Application forms are available from the PUCMM Social Communication Department in Santo Domingo. For more information: http://www.aba.org.do/ABA2/noticiasdet.asp?docid=97.

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