El Diario/La Prensa, New York's only Spanish-language daily, has been selected to receive the Gabarron International Award 2013 for Lifetime Achievement, the Gabarron Foundation said Thursday.
The award will be presented during a Nov. 8 gala at the Spain-based foundation's New York center.
The 100-year-old newspaper "has provided news features on all that has happened during the 20th century and so far this century with a special focus on Latino communities," the foundation said.
The award is presented to people or groups of people whose activities and personal and professional commitment over a significant length of time have stood out as "an example for humanity."
In remarks to Efe after learning of the Foundation's decision, El Diario/La Prensa executive editor Erica Gonzalez said that she felt "very honored."
"This distinguished award motivates us to maintain our journalistic commitment to the Spanish-speaking community and to continue defending the rights of Latinos. The 'Champion of Hispanics' gives a voice to those who don't have a voice," she said.
La Prensa commenced operations in 1913 with the foundation of a small weekly directed at the community of Spaniards who had settled in the Big Apple. It merged 50 years later with El Diario de Nueva York, which had been created in 1947.
During this century, the publication has experienced the surge in population in the Latino community in New York, where Hispanics now make up 30 percent of the city's 8.2 million residents.
The Cristobal Gabarron Foundation was created by the family of same-named Spanish artist with the aim of promoting culture in its different aspects. EFE
Each of the prizes comes with an original sculpture by Gabarron. EFE