Spanish Ambassador to Venezuela Jesús Silva and EFE Bureau Chief Sabela Bello took part in the diploma course, Democratic Transitions in the World, organized by the Andrés Bello Catholic University, during which the documentary “La Agencia” (The Agency) was shown and surprised the approximately 100 attendees, who were curious about the work of EFE journalists around the world.
Business people, university teaching staff, journalists and students used more than the designated time set aside for questions about news agency workers on the first day of the documentary’s screening, which was held on November 23 at the UCAB Center for Political Studies.
The presentation was repeated on November 26 at the same venue and on November 29 as part of the Oeste Book Fair, which was held on the UCAB campus in the Venezuelan capital.
At the first event, the audience was primarily interested in EFE’s role during the Spanish transition and the ability of journalists to adapt to a new stage in the history of Spain, which was accompanied by a new way of telling the news, to capture reality and to portray the experiences of a country that was facing a new way of living, a different reality, and a period of openness to a freedom that most had not known before.
Politics and journalism went hand in hand on a day in which Ambassador Silva and EFE’s bureau chief in Venezuela were given the task of answering questions from attendees who were fascinated by the documentary, with question time after the screening of the documentary “The Agency” going longer than expected.
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How does an agency organize the work of so many people located around the world? How can journalists live in places of conflict without such harsh events affecting them psychologically? How does a media company like EFE turn 80 years old, even surpassing an era as complex as the Spanish transition? How does the agency manage to overcome government pressure in countries that are polarized or in conflict? These and other questions were discussed in a period of time that was in the end too short and left many unanswered.
So that nothing was left undone, the screening was held again three days later at the same venue, as a continuation of the first viewing. On November 29, it was the turn of Social Communication students and other guests at the Oeste Book Fair, who enjoyed the documentary, which was preceded by a long talk on Agencia EFE’s work around the world and the ability of its journalists to adapt to different situations and new times, eons from the now mythical teleprinters and the black and white film cameras.
With these three events, EFE kicks off a long calendar prepared by the Venezuelan bureau to celebrate EFE’s 80th anniversary, with special guests and personalities from the worlds of business, sport, culture and journalism, among others. Today, more than ever, Venezuelans know that #Efeisalwaysthere.