On 21 November, journalist Rosa María Calaf will receive the “Ítaca Award: A life of journalistic adventure” awarded by the Gabinete de Comunicación y Educación and the Master’s Degree in Travel Journalism of the Department of Journalism and Communication Sciences of the Faculty of Communication Sciences of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB).
In previous editions, the winners were Martín Caparrós, Pepa Roma , Jordi Évole , Sebastião Salgado and Miguel de la Quadra-Salcedo . The recognition seeks to highlight the journalistic or communicational trajectory of professionals committed to their work. The event, organised by the UAB Communication and Education Office and the UAB Master’s Degree in Travel Journalism, will take place at 9:00 a.m. on Monday 21 November in the Aula Magna of the UAB Faculty of Communication Sciences.
Rosa María Calaf (Barcelona, 1945), a graduate in Law and Journalism, has dedicated her life to journalism and travel, making her the RTVE correspondent with the broadest and most diverse career. From her correspondent’s post in Moscow, Vienna, Hong Kong, Rome, New York, Beijing and Buenos Aires, she has worked informing the world from an ethical point of view and with a strong commitment to good journalism.
He was a member of the staff of TVE from 1970 to 2009 and was a member of the founding team of the Catalan television station TV3 as director of programming and production (1982-1983). He has travelled to more than 180 countries and continues to travel the world. He holds more than thirty awards, including the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Television Academy; the National Journalism Award of Catalonia; the Ondas Award for Best Professional Work; the United Nations Women Together Award; the Medal of the Hungarian Foreign Union for his defence of freedom; the Cirilio Rodríguez Award for Best Correspondent; the Cirilio Rodríguez Award for Best Correspondent of the Year; the Cirilio Rodríguez Award for Best Journalist of the Year; the Cirilio Rodríguez Award for Best Journalist of the Year; and the Cirilio Rodríguez Award for Best Correspondent of the Year; the Cirilio Rodríguez Award for Best Correspondent; the José Couso Award for Freedom of Expression; the Víctor de la Serna Award from the Madrid Press Association; the European University’s Career Achievement Award; and the Gold Medal of the Red Cross.
The Gabinete de Comunicación y de Educación is a consolidated group specialised in scientific research and dissemination, which belongs to the Department of Journalism and Communication Sciences of the UAB. Recognised by AGAUR (Agència de Gestió d’Ajuts Universitaris i de Recerca) of the Generalitat de Catalunya as a Consolidated Research Group on the basis of its trajectory, projection and development, it develops projects and research in the field of convergence between communication and education. Since its creation, it has developed initiatives aimed at integrating, with awareness and freedom, communication technologies in the so-called global or knowledge society. Under the direction of Santiago Tejedor, the Office organises different master’s degrees, such as the Master’s Degree in Travel Journalism (on-site and online), the Master’s Degree in Communication and Education, the Master’s Degree in Environmental Communication and the Master’s Degree in Political and Electoral Communication Management. The group has a wide and varied collection of publications, in the form of scientific articles, books and book chapters, and other works, which is constantly being renewed. It also has a laboratory for teaching innovation projects, transfer and new formats that are conceived and developed from a perspective based on creativity and multidisciplinary work. Every year, the Cabinet organises an academic expedition that travels the world with students from different universities and degrees. This is the Tahina-Can Expedition, which has been awarded as the best educational project in Spain. It also has the portal Tu Aventura, the educational platform infoEDU and the newsgames and science project Reporteros de la ciencia.