journalist of Sul Informação receives National Award for Innovation Journalism

Ceremony took place at Alfândega do Porto

The report «There is an “attack of the clones” in Monchique, for the sake of the production of Medronho», published in Sul Informaçãofrom the journalist Nuno Costa, this Monday won the National Award for Innovation Journalism, in the Regional Online Media category. The award was presented at a ceremony that took place at the Alfândega do Porto Congress Centre.

O Sul Informação was doubly named. In addition to the winning article, the piece «Algarvian companies challenged to find innovation in themselves» was a finalist for the award, promoted by ANI – Agência Nacional de Inovação.

It was the public, through an online poll, which had more than 800 participants, who decided, with 55% of the votes, that the article «There is an “attack of clones” in Monchique, for the sake of arbutus production» was the winner .

In an event presented by journalist Lourenço Medeiros, Nuno Costa was the first to take the stage to receive the award from the hands of Vasco Trigo, member of the jury.

Nuno Costa he thanked the distinction, stressing that «the work that is done in the writing of the Sul Informação, since it was created in 2011, seeks to innovate every day».

About the winning work, he explained that “it is the role of journalists to show where innovation is, sometimes, where it is most unlikely. This work, on the production of arbutus, which is being aided by science, not only shows how the knowledge produced by universities is being put into practice, but also how it is helping a sector that is often associated with a tradition of the past, which tends to disappear».

In the National Online Media category, the article «Do you have an order? Call a drone », by Rute Fonseca, from TSF, was the winner.

António Sarmento, from O Jornal Económico, with the work «Revolução: How artificial intelligence is already changing our lives», won the National Written Media category.

The award jury, which selected the finalists, was composed of Eduardo Maldonado (ANI president), Paula Ascenção (Communications director of Compete 2020), João Paulo Meneses (journalist; professor ISMAI/ESJ Porto), Vasco Trigo (director of communication and multimedia at ISCTE) and Joana Ferreira (from ANI's communication unit).

This panel, after evaluating the applications, considered that the requirements for awarding an award in the Regional Media – Written Press category were not met.

This was the first edition of the National Innovation Journalism Award, promoted by ANI – Agência Nacional de Inovação. the reward «aims to promote and identify Portuguese journalistic works, in print or online, published in 2017, focusing on themes of innovation and enhancement of scientific and technological knowledge». Each of the winners received a prize of four thousand euros.