Journalists Jesús Cruz, from EuroCarne magazine, Alba Baranda, from Hoy de Extremadura newspaper and Ángela Fernández, from Editorial Agrícola Española, were the winners of the 10th edition of the Journalism Awards convened by the Association of Agrifood Journalists of Spain (APAE). Jesús Cruz was the winner in the General Category for the story China, the Meat Mecca published in September 2019 in the EuroCarne magazine; the journalist Alba Baranda was the winner in the Fruit and Vegetables category for the article Extremadura Fruit in Vending Machines published on 1 November 2019 in Diario Hoy de Extremadura, and Ángela Fernández was the winner in the Innovation category for the report Genetic Editing of Plants: Science is from Mars and European Legislation from Venus, published in the journal Agriculture in its April 2020 issue.
The jury for these awards, which aim to promote the development of agrifood journalism through recognition and prestige, is made up of renowned professionals from the sector, including Elisa Plumed, president of APAE, Begoña Jiménez, communication manager of FEPEX, José Manuel Álvarez, communication manager of the Carne y Salud Platform, Ana Blanco, Corporate Communications & Social Media Manager of Corteva Agriscience in Iberia and Cristina Castro, journalist for the newspaper El Independiente and one of the winners of the last competition. In total, the jury had to evaluate 64 works that were competing in the different categories.
Jesús Cruz Manzanero (Mota del Cuervo, Cuenca, 1975) has a degree in Journalism from the Faculty of Information Sciences of the Complutense University of Madrid and is undertaking a PhD in Media Business. He began his career in regional press and radio. He later went into specialist business journalism. He has been involved with EuroCarne and www.eurocarne.com for 20 years, published by Strategias Alimentarias, S.L., where he is currently deputy editor.
Alba Baranda Mesa (Badajoz, 1989) has a degree in Audiovisual Communication from the University of Extremadura and a master’s degree in Creative Writing from the University of Seville. Much of her professional career has been spent at the newspaper Diario Hoy de Extremadura.
Ángela Fernández Gómez (San Juan de Moldes, Principado de Asturias, 1980) has a degree in Audiovisual Communication from the SEK University of Segovia. For 11 years, she combined her time as a documentary filmmaker and media analyst at the Kantar company with freelance work for various specialist print media in the economic and agrifood sectors, including coordinating the Wine Markets and Distribution content. She is currently part of the editorial team of Editorial Agrícola Española.
The awards ceremony will be held on Wednesday 28 October, during the course of a conference on the plant and cut flower sector that will be held via the “Fruit Attraction LIVEConnect” platform.