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The Gabriel García Márquez Fellowship in Cultural Journalism

Closing date for application: 23 de january de 2014

Publication date of students selected: 30 de january de 2014

Venue: Cartagena de Indias, Colombia
Start date: 11 de march de 2014
End date: 19 de march de 2014

The Gabriel García Márquez New Iberoamerican Journalism Foundation -FNPI- and the Ministry of Culture of Colombia call for:

The Gabriel García Márquez Fellowship in Cultural Journalism

Cartagena de Indias and Aracataca (Colombia)
March 11-19, 2014.

» About The Gabriel García Márquez Fellowship in Cultural Journalism

"Even if someone set me loose blindfolded, I would know I'm in the Caribbean". In this way, Gabriel García Márquez described his visceral connection with this part of the world, to which he owes the cadence and exuberance of his literary and journalistic work, the cultural universe that has fed a large part of his life.

Inspired by that link, the New Journalism Foundation –FNPI–, created by García Márquez himself in the city of Cartagena de Indias, and the Ministry of Culture of Colombia have joined forces to create an international program of training and creation in which reporters from different parts of world will have the opportunity to expand their range in cultural journalism and to explore and recount, in Spanish and in English, the stories of Colombian Caribbean culture, which mix the richness of the traditional and the popular with the latest in literature, music and visual arts.

This project has been made possible thanks to the collaboration of The Cartago Foundation, the Cartagena International Film Festival (FICCI), Red Assist, and the support of the Organization Ardila Lülle (OAL).

The aim of this workshop will be to use the themes of film and popular culture to strengthen the understanding and practice of cultural journalism, specifically the interview, extended reportage and critical commentary. It will also give an opportunity to think about the role of cultural journalism in an era in which creator and audience have an increasingly direct contact, facilitated by digital tools.

The training laboratories will be the Cartagena International Film Festival (FICCI) and the town of Aracataca, Magdalena, two places that act as a prism for understanding the universe created by García Márquez. For a better understanding of this relationship, we recommend his memoir "Living to Tell the Tale."

We also will take advantage of the First International Biennial of Contemporary Art of Cartagena de Indias –Biaci–, where fellows will be able to participate in some sessions and get in contact with artists.

The journalists who will take part in this experience will be guided by well known professional colleagues, accompanied by guest experts to help expand both their vision and the criteria by which they choose the facts and characters that will serve as the protagonists of their stories.

With their connection to this project, the Ministry of Culture and the sponsoring organizations highlight the passion of Gabriel García Márquez for journalism, film, literature, music and Caribbean culture.

Click here to learn of the activities, texts, Masters and Fellows of the Gabriel García Márquez Fellowship 2013



» How does the Fellowship work?

The Gabriel García Márquez Fellowship in Cultural Journalism will be divided into two modules: Film and Popular Culture. Both modules will be coordinated by FNPI teacher Héctor Feliciano and the American journalist Jonathan Levi. In addition, each module will include guest experts, both national and international.

A total of 15 journalists will be selected to work for 9 days.  They will begin with a visit to Aracataca together with the directors and the Guest Master and expert in popular culture Alberto Salcedo Ramos.  Next, they will work during the Cartagena International Film Festival (FICCI) using the screenings as a laboratory, accompanied by discussions with Guest Masters A.O. Scott and Fernanda Solórzano, with the aim of producing essays on the screenings, activities and featured guests of the festival.


1) Popular Culture: from March 11-12, 2014, a visit to Aracataca.  Guest Master: Alberto Salcedo Ramos (Colombia), writer and teacher from FNPI.

2) Film: from March 13-19, 2014, during the Cartagena International Film Festival. Guest Masters: A.O. Scott (United States), film critic for The New York Times and Fernanda Solórzano (México), film critic for the magazine Letras Libres.

Each module will be approached with the methodology that characterizes FNPI workshops, in which practical work and conversation provokes professional exchanges in an atmosphere of camaraderie and informality.

The spoken sessions will be held in English, which requires that all participants have a working knowledge of the language. In cases when the sessions are held in Spanish, there will be simultaneous translation.  Fellows may write in Spanish, Portuguese or English.

Additionally, we will hold virtual sessions via Skype, to tackle topics related to digital journalism with two teachers from FNPI - Jean François Fogel (France) , who is part of the educational team at the universitySciences Po and on the staff of France Télévisions. 

It is expected that all Fellows, in addition to the work they do as part of the workshop, will write and report for their own home media outlets about the cultural events that they attend during the workshop.




» Directors

Jonathan Levi (Estados Unidos)

Following graduation from Yale University, Levi received a Mellon Fellowship to study at Cambridge University, where in 1979 he co-founded the literary magazine Granta and served as U.S. Editor for the journal that The Daily Telegraph called "quite simply, the most impressive magazine of its time."

After leaving Granta, Levi divided his time between writing and producing. He is the author of a novel “A Guide for the Perplexed.”  His plays and operas have been performed in the US, England, Italy, the Netherlands and Georgia.  Levi’s many short stories and articles have been published in Granta, Condé Nast Traveler, GQ, Terra Nova, The Nation and The New York Times. Since 1997, Levi has been a contributor to The Los Angeles Times Book Review.

Levi divides his time between New York and Rome, where he writes for The International New York Times and Condé Nast Traveler and serves as Artistic Advisor for the new Zaubersee Festival in Luzern, Switzerland. 

Héctor Feliciano (Puerto Rico)

He currently writes for the newspaper El País in Spain and Clarín in Argentina. He has been a cultural correspondent in Europe for the U.S. newspapers The Washington Post and The Los Angeles Times. He has also published in Le Monde, Etiqueta Negra, El Malpensante y Letras LibresIn Paris, France, he served as editor-in-chief of World Media Network, a group of European newspapers. Also he worked as artistic director at the Office of Cultural Affairs of the City of Paris.

His book “The Lost Museum - The Nazi Conspiracy to Steal the World's Greatest Works of Art,” is the result his extensive investigative journalism for which the School of Journalism at Columbia University in New York awarded him a fellowship in the prestigious National Arts Journalism Fellowship Program (NAJP).

He has also been a member of the working group for the new curriculum of the School of Journalism at Columbia University. Feliciano has a degree in History and Art History from Brandeis University, a Master´s degree from the School of Journalism at Columbia University and a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of Paris. 

» Guest Masters

Fernanda Solórzano (Mexico)

A film critic, essayist and editor, Fernanda Solórzano graduated with a degree in Latin American Literature from the Universidad Iberoamericana. From 1995 to 1999 she was deputy editor of the journal Viceversa; from 2000-2002, press director of the weekly Día Siete in the newspaper El Universal, and from 2002-2005, co-editor of the magazine Letras Libres .

From 1996 to 2001 she was the chief film critic of the Saturday supplement of UnomásunoCambiomagazine, and the Confabulario supplement of El Universal. On radio, she has been a contributor to The Ticket and On Screen for the BBC, and on television, she has led Filmoteca 40Confabulario and El Foco for Proyecto 40, and Encuadre and Entrelíneas for channel 22.

In 2007 she was a juror for the Mexico Short Shorts Film Festival and International Film Festival of Morelia (shorts section); in 2008, on the jury of the International Film Festival of Monterrey (feature and documentary section  and in 2009 was part of the Jury of Critics for the Lima International Festival, and in 2010 was a juror on the Gucci- Ambulante Fellowship for documentary projects. Currently she directs the film section of the program "Connecting the Dots" (Radio Formula ) and is chief critic of Letras Libres. She contributes occasionally to the British magazine Sight & Sound and to the Spanish edition of Cahiers du Cinéma.

A.O. Scott (USA) 

A.O. Scott joined The New York Times as a film critic in 2000.  Previiously, he was a Sunday book reviewer for Newsday and a frequent contributor to Slate, The New York Review of Books, and many other publications.  He also served on the editorial staffs of Lingua Franca and The New York Review of Books.  He also edited "A Bolt from the Blue and Other Essays," a collection by Mary McCarthy, which was published by The New York Review of Books in 2002. In addition to his film-reviewing duties, Mr. Scott often writes for the Times Magazine and the Book Review. He was born on July 10, 1966, in Northampton, Mass., and now lives in Brooklyn, N.Y. with his wife and two children.

Alberto Salcedo Ramos (Colombia)

Considered one of the best Latin American narrative journalists, he belongs to the group Nuevos Cronistas de Indias. He is a social communicator and journalist. His articles have appeared in several magazines such as SoHo, El Malpensante and Arcadia (Colombia), Gatopardo and Hoja por hoja (México), Etiqueta Negra (Perú), Ecos (Germany), Diners (Ecuador), Marcapasos (Venezuela) and Courrier International (France), among others. His articles have been translated into English, French and German.

He is the author of the books "The Gold and Darkness. The glorious and tragic life of Kid Pambelé," (Random House Mondadori, 2005) "On a man forced to stand on his right foot,” (Aurora Publishing, 1999 and 2005) and "Ten minstrels in the yard" (Ecoe Editions, 1994.) He is also coauthor of "A Handbook of Journalistic Genres" (Ecoe Editions, 2005). His writing has been included in the anthologies "The Best of Latin American Journalism," ​​(FNPI and Fondo de Cultura Economica, 2006) "Latin American Chronicles: Journalism on the edge," (St. Jude Educational Foundation St. Costa Rica. 2008) "SoHo Articles," (Aguilar and SoHo magazine, 2008) "Years of Fire: the great reports of the last decade," (Planeta, 2001) "Citizens of fear," (Rutgers University, 2001) and "An Anthology of Great Colombian Reporting." (Aguilar, 2004)

His most recent book of articles, "The Eternal Party," was published by Aguilar. Paraiso Pictures is planning to film his book "The Gold and Darkness." Salcedo Ramos has won, among other distinctions, the King of Spain International Journalism Award, the Simon Bolivar National Journalism Award (four times), the Colombian Chamber Award for the best Book of Journalism of the year, the Award for Best Documentary at the II Iberoamerican Conference of Television in Cuba and the Award of Excellence of the Inter American Press Association (SIP), for his article "A Country of the Mutilated." In 2004, thanks to his profile "The Will of the old man, Mile," published in El Malpensante, he was one of five finalists for the New Journalism prize CEMEX + FNPI.

Jean-François Fogel (France)

Journalist and essayist, he worked for Agence France-Presse, the daily Libération and the weekly Le Point.  Parallel to his career as a journalist, he has also acted as a consultant to the press industry, as consultant to the director of the newspaper Le Monde.  From 1994 to 2002 he entirely revamped the six websites of the daily papers of the French newsgroup Sud Ouest.  Currently, he is creating a new digital information platform for the France Televisions group.  He consults for a variety of media in Europe and Latin America both on site concept and on the organization of digital production.

He is part of the educational team of the journalism school of the Institute of Political Studies of Paris (“Science Po”) tasked with defining an approach to teaching in the digital field.  He has published several books on French literature, Latin America and digital journalism.

» Participants

We will select 15 journalists, editors or reporters, who cover cultural themes with an emphasis on film.  They must be fluent in English, with a minimum of three years journalistic experience, who work or publish in print or digital media.

To verify English proficiency, there will be an interview via telephone or Skype with the finalists.

5 places will be reserved for Colombians, 5 for Latin Americans, and 5 for journalists from other continents.

The 15 selected will work for 9 days: 8 days in Cartagena during the Film Festival and 1 day in Aracataca.

Those selected must bring to the workshop:

• Personal Laptop computer.
• Copies of the media for which they work or publish.

IMPORTANT: Each selected journalist will have to consult with the authorities of their countries if a visa is required or any other requirements to enter Colombia. We recommend to make this questions in advance because the process can take several days.



» Requirements for Application

Applicants must fill out the registration form through the FNPI system and attach :

• An autobiography, maximum 800 words (in English, Spanish or Portuguese), stressing both journalistic experience in the cultural field (preferably on film) and reasons for wanting to attend the fellowship.

This essay is the most important criterion for selection and should be prepared prior to completing the form online. Conventional resumes will not be taken into account.

• A letter of support that certifies employment with the media for which you work. In the case of freelancers, we require certification from some media that you have published there during the previous six months. In both instances, the letter must specify that the media is committed to publishing the articles you produce during the fellowship, as long as they comply with their editorial policies.

• A piece of reportage or other article of your authorship that has been published in the past year. This text should focus on film.

NOTE: Only online registration is valid, made ​​via the registration form on the website of FNPI. Registrations by fax, email or postal mail, will not be accepted.


» Registration and support

The participants will not have to pay a registration fee for this activity. They will also receive the following financial support:

• International medical insurance during the term of the fellowship.
• Accommodation in a single room during the term of the fellowship.
• Roundtrip ticket, economy class.
• Refreshments daily, a welcome dinner and a farewell dinner.
• Working materials.
• Press credentials to access to the Film Festival.


» About Cartagena de Indias and Aracataca

Cartagena is one of the major urban centers of the Colombian Caribbean, with a seaport that has allowed the city to open itself to the world, where the influence of cultures that have mixed for more than five centuries vibrate strongly. Nowadays, many of its cultural events are recognized worldwide.

Cartagena de Indias, declared by UNESCO as a Historical and Cultural Heritage of Humanity is the city where Gabriel García Márquez set two of his most famous novels, "Love in the Time of Cholera" and "Of Love and Other Demons." It is also where he began his career as a reporter for the newspaper El Universal, which, at the time, was published in the Calle San Juan de Dios, the same street where today is located the office of FNPI, created by him and where he gave several of his journalism workshops.

Today, Cartagena hosts several of the most important cultural events in the country, including the International Festival of Music, The Hay Festival, The International Film Festival  and The Caribbean Cultural Market.

For its part, Aracataca is “a small village 50 miles from the Caribbbean, the ancient settlement of the indigenous chimila, irrigated by rivers that descend from the icy waters of the Sierra Nevada and flow into the Cienaga Grande, and became a municipality in 1915.  Along with Ciénaga, Fundación, Publo Viejo, Pivijay and Sitionuevo it made up the Banana Zone, which, in 1908, saw the rise of the fruit industry that exited through the port of Santa Marta thanks to the power of the United Fruit Company.”  (Alberto Abello Vives, The Banana Caribbean of Gabriel García Márquez.)  It is the birthplace of Gabriel García Márquez and the principal source of all his writing. 



» How to Apply

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This call will be open until thursday, January 23rd of 2014 at 23:59 (Colombian timezone - UTC/GMT -5h). The list of selected students will be published on thursday, January 30th of 2014.