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Vocento and Telefónica Foundation to support online journalism by school students

  • The two institutions are creating a school competition which will promote cultural integration between secondary school pupils in Spain and Latin America.

Madrid, 15 September 2009.- Vocento and the Telefónica Foundation have signed an agreement to promote online journalism by school students. Under the terms of this agreement, secondary school students (from the 1st to 4th years of compulsory secondary education) from Spain and from Latin America, where the Telefónica Foundation supports educational projects, will be eligible to enter a school journalism competition.

The agreement, which was signed this morning by Emilio Ybarra, the chairman of CM Vocento, Iñaki Arechabaleta, Director General of Regional Media at Vocento, and the Executive Vice Chairman of the Telefónica Foundation, Javier Nadal, aims to encourage young people to share in the values of social and cultural integration, teamwork, solidarity, and companionship, and to encourage reading, taking pleasure in writing, the use of the Internet, and the interactive tools of Web 2.0.

The competition will be divided by provinces, and will include the participation of the online versions of the regional newspapers of Vocento. On October 11th the first stage of the competition will begin, in the newspapers Sur, Ideal, La Voz, La Verdad, La Rioja, Las Provincias, Diario Vasco, El Correo, Norte de Castilla and ABC Sevilla. These portals will all display an application form which will allow all the participating groups to create and access their own digital newspaper, which they will then update on a regular basis.

The second stage of the competition will begin in January 2010, and will include the online versions of El Diario Montañés, Hoy and El Comercio. The Telefónica Foundation will be present in both stages, via the website www.concursoperiodistaescolar.com.

Students from Latin America who participate in the competition will be the beneficiaries of the Proniño Programme of the Telefónica Foundation, which aims to contribute to eradicating child labour, using high quality education. So far, the Proniño Programmes has benefited more than 117,000 children in 13 countries in Latin America.

Javier Nadal, Vicepresidente Ejecutivo de Fundación Telefónica y Emilio Ybarra, presidente de CM Vocento.
Javier Nadal, Vicepresidente Ejecutivo de Fundación Telefónica y Emilio Ybarra, presidente de CM Vocento.

The rules of the competition require the projects to be carried out by teams of a maximum of six students and a minimum of five students, who will be supervised by a tutor who will help steer the journalism project. The way that the competition will work will be very simple: all of the participants will have their own password for entering the home page of the online paper that they are creating. There will be a special emphasis in the competition on originality, clarity, and on the updating of content, which is essential in every online newspaper.

The children will have to act as real life reporters: to look for news, collect information, carry out interviews, illustrate the information with images, etc. The news stories ought to refer to the environment chosen by each group - school, neighbourhood, town, community, etc. Students may choose the journalistic style that they think best suits the nature of the information that they are providing - news reports and stories, features, interviews, investigative, etc.

The prizes for the first stage will be awarded in mid December, while participants in the second stage will be awarded their prizes in April 2010.

About the Telefónica Foundation

The Telefónica Foundation is responsible for most of the Social and Cultural Actions of Grupo Telefónica, and its programmes reflect the commitment of Telefónica to the societies of which it forms part.

The Telefónica Foundation carries out this social and cultural mission in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Peru, Spain and Venezuela. In addition to its work in these eight countries, and thanks to programmes such as Proniño or Voluntarios Telefónica, action is also taken in another six countries in Latin America, including Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Panama and Uruguay, working in partnership with the local operators of Telefónica.

The aim of the Telefónica Foundation is to contribute to constructing the future of the regions where Grupo Telefónica operates, and to support the economic, social and cultural development of these areas, based on high quality education, making the best use of the group's defining strengths; its broad base of clients and employees, its extensive coverage, and its technological ability.

For further information, go to www.fundacion.telefonica.com

About Vocento

Vocento is a leading multimedia company in Spain, thanks to the strength of its brands, which have a significant presence in all areas of information and entertainment, including the press, supplements, magazines, television, radio, audiovisual production, movie distribution, and the Internet.

The national, regional and local positioning of Vocento, its permanent commitment to innovation, and the strength of its brands, enable the Company to extend its reach beyond its competitors, covering over 24.6 million people, according to the EGM. For more information, go to Vocento.com.

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