Jack Chang, the Rio de Janeiro-based chief of McClatchy's South America bureau, received Brazil's most prestigious journalism award, the Embratel Prize, Wednesday night during a dinner in Rio de Janeiro.
Chang, 34, was honored in the foreign correspondent category for his story "Black Brazilians begin to fight back," which explored racism in Brazil and the rising civil rights movement there. The story was one of a series of articles on Afro-Latin Americans that ran in The Miami Herald and were distributed by the McClatchy-Tribune News Service.
The Embratel Prize is awarded annually to reporters in 17 categories by the Professional Journalists Union of Rio de Janeiro and the Brazilian Association of Reporters, Photographers and Cinematographers in conjunction with the Brazilian communications company Embratel. Winners received cash awards of about $3,500 each. More than 1,080 journalists entered the competition this year.
A graduate of the University of California at Berkeley with a master's degree in journalism from Northwestern University, Chang was named South America bureau chief in August 2005. Before that, he covered immigration for The Contra Costa Times. In addition to Spanish and Portuguese, Chang speaks fluent Mandarin Chinese.
The other finalists in the foreign correspondent category were Mario Osava of the Rome-based International Press Service and Tom Phillips of the British newspaper The Guardian.
ON THE WEB
The award-winning story: http://www.mcclatchydc.com/world/story/16924.html
Chang's page on McClatchy's Web site: http://www.mcclatchydc.com/161