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Gabriel García Márquez cultural Journalism Scholarship

The Foundation new Iberoamerican journalism - FNPI - and the Colombia Ministry of Culture convened 20 scholarships Gabriel García Márquez cultural journalism.

the date of deadline is October 2, 2012, the date of publication of selected will be October 18, 2012 and the Fellowship will run from 7 to January 27, 2013, in Cartagena de Indias and Barranquilla (Colombia).

the Foundation new journalism Ibero - FNPI-created by García Márquez himself in the city of Cartagena de Indias and the Colombia Ministry of culture, have teamed up to create an international programme of training and creation in which reporters from various parts of the world will have the opportunity to strengthen their capacities to make cultural journalism and may explore and narratein Spanish and English, stories from the Colombian Caribbean culture, in which the wealth of the demonstrations with the forefront of literature, music and the Visual Arts are mixed;

this project is possible thanks to the collaboration of the Secretariat of culture of Barranquilla (city declared American Capital of the 2013 culture), The Carthage Foundation, the Hay Festival and the International Festival of music of Cartagena de Indias, and the support of the Organization Ardila Lülle (OAL) and the Universidad Jorge Tadeo Lozano, section Caribbean.

the aim of this learning process will be to take the music, literature, and popular culture as topics to deepen in the carpentry of the genres with which cultural journalism, is built mainly the interview, reportage and commentary of opinion. In addition, it will be an opportunity to reflect on the role of cultural journalism in an era in which creators and audiences have increasingly direct communication, provided by digital tools.

training labs will be the International Music Festival, the Hay Festival in Cartagena de Indias and the opening of the Carnival of Barranquilla, public holiday declared by UNESCO as oral and intangible heritage of humanity. These three international meetings meet extraordinary artistic expressions contemporary and popular in two cities that are a Prism for understanding the universes created by García Márquez. To better understand this relationship, we recommend the reading of his book of memoirs "Live to tell".

reporters who make part of this experience will work guided by great career colleagues, who will accompany the entire process along with invited experts, who will help to expand the view and the criterion that should approximate to the facts and figures that will be protagonists of their stories.

with his connection to this project, which aspires to become an annual programme, the Ministry of culture and the sponsoring entities highlight the passion of Gabriel García Márquez for journalism, literature, music and culture Caribbean. In this way, join the celebration in 2012 of the 30th anniversary of his Nobel Prize, awarded in homage to a work and career of which own García Márquez once said that at least half of that prize was due to his work as a journalist.

the scholarship Gabriel García Márquez cultural Journalism will be divided into three modules of work: music, popular culture and literature.  All modules will be under the coordination of the master of the FNPI, Hector Feliciano, American journalist, Jonathan Levi. Each module will include guest, national and international experts.

total will be selected 20 journalists who will be divided into two modules of 10. Each group will stay two weeks in Colombia. A first group will work in the music module, at the beginning of January; The second group will work in the literature module, at the end of January, and all together will work in the module of Popular culture, in the middle of the month.


1) music: from 7 to January 13, 2013, during the International Festival of music of Cartagena. Guest teacher: Anne Midgette (United States), journalist and blogger specialising in music of the Washington Post; and Diego Fischerman (Argentina), journalist, music critic and blogger of the newspaper Página/12 Argentina.  (

) popular culture: from 14 to 20 January 2013, within the framework of the Pre-Carnaval of Barranquilla. Guest teacher: Alberto Salcedo Ramos (Colombia), writer and teacher of the FNPI. (

) literature: from 21 to 27 January 2012, during the Hay Festival Cartagena. Guest teachers: Francine Prose (United States), writer and former President of the PEN American Center and Mario Jursich (Colombia), editor of the magazine the Los.

each module will be approached with the methodology that characterizes the FNPI workshops, where raw material practical work and fosters dialogue and professional exchange in an atmosphere of camaraderie and informality.

sessions will be developed mainly in English, which requires participants to have mastery of this language. When the session is performed on Spanish there will be simultaneous translation.

addition will have virtual sessions via Skype to discuss issues related to digital journalism with two masters of FNPI - Jean François Fogel (France) and Gumersindo Lafuente (Spain) - and a visit to Aracataca to know the village where García Márquez was born.

are expected grants journalists, as well as the work that must be done as part of the workshop, write and reporteen for its own cultural events that will be attending throughout the three modules.

at the time for its application, each applicant must specify in his autobiography text if you want to work in the music module or literature. It must be taken into account that only is possible to aspire to one of the modules.

those who postulate must fill out the registration form, through the FNPI system and attach:

an autobiography of maximum 800 words (in English, Spanish or Portuguese), which emphasize the journalistic experience in the cultural field (music or literature according to the module that is chosen) and motivations to attend the scholarship. This text is the first item in the selection trial and must be prepared before you fill out the form online. Conventional resumes are not taken into account. A letter of support from the medium that certifies the labour linkage with the medium for which works. In case of not be used, a certification that has posted there during the last six months will be needed. In both cases, the Charter must specify the environment undertakes to publish the contents produced during the Fellowship, provided that they comply with their editorial policies. A news story or Chronicle of his own which has been published in the course of the last year. This text must be focused in music or literature topics depending on the theme chosen by the applicant.

with the support of the Ministry of culture of Colombia, the participants will not have to pay the value of the activity registration. In addition, will receive the following grants:

health insurance international during all days of the scholarship. Accommodation in single room during all days of the scholarship. Airfare idea and back in economy class. Daily snack, as well as a welcome dinner and a dinner of farewell to each group, and a lunch of integration for both groups in Barranquilla. Work materials. Credential press for access to festivals and their guests.