|Zprávy HCJB 10.2.2005|
|NOVINÁŘI UDĚLILI CENU ŘEDITELI ŠPANĚLSKÉ REDAKCE ZPRAVODAJSTVÍ HCJB WORLD RADIO|
| Ekvádorský novinář Edwin Chamorro, ředitel španělského zpravodajství rozhlasové stanice HCJB World Radio v Quito v Ekvádoru získal Národní cenu novinářů v kategorii rozhlasu. Cenu převzal na slavnosti, která proběhla v pátek 28.ledna. Ekvádorský Národní svaz novinářů (UNP), který letos slaví 65 let od svého založení, Chamorru vyznamenal za jeho profesionální dokonalost v roce 2004. „Jako novináři jsme tu od toho, abychom informovali druhé,“ podotkl ve svém odůvodnění řečník. „Nikdo tuto práci nedělal lépe, než on.“
Chamorro vystudoval novinářskou fakultu na Ústřední univerzitě v Quito. Je producentem programu „Foro Latinoamericano.“ Je také profesorem na Křesťanském a komunikačním centru HCJB World Radio (CCC) v Quito.
Den předtím Chamorro promluvil v Latinskoamerické radě církví na téma Ekvádorská politická nestabilita. Zúčastnilo se mnoho pastorů a představitelů evangelijních sborů z celého Ekvádoru.
Během tohoto shromáždění ředitel výukového oddělení HCJB World Radio Carlos Pinto chválil Chamorru za jeho „objektivní způsob zpravodajství, jeho všestrannost při tvorbě kulturních pořadů, zásadovost ve věcech víry a neposkvrněnou osmnáctiletou kariéru novináře v HCJB World Radio.“
„Moje práce je novinařina,“ řekl Chamorro. „Byl jsem k tomu povolán, je to má vášeň,“ řekl Chamorro. Studenti na CCC jej popisují jako člověka, který odvádí svou práci „profesionálně, zasvěceně, obětavě a nesobecky.“
UNP za léta své existence udělila řadu cen HCJB World Radio. Dvakrát v posledních pěti letech bylo oceněno za „přispění k rozvoji zpravodajství v zemi.“ (HCJB World Radio)
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| THIEVES KILL CUSTODIAN, ROB LUTHERAN UNIVERSITY IN EL SALVADOR
The recent murder of a custodian and the theft of goods from the Lutheran University of El Salvador shook society, especially because the method used harks back to those used by death squads during the country's civil war. Manuel de Jesús Martínez, 46, who worked at the university as a custodian, was found hanging from the branches of a tree with evident signs of torture. Official reports indicate that the assailants struggled with Martínez before committing the robbery. "These acts should have no place in our society, nor in any other," said Bishop Martín Barahona, head of the Anglican Episcopal Church and president of the National Council of Churches of El Salvador. Héctor Fernández, dean of the university and pastor of the Lutheran church, said the methods used by the thugs "seems to be a sign to frighten us." The criminals stole more than 30 computers, three televisions, cash, a sound system, tools and a school bus. The vehicle was found hours later near Fernández's house. (Latin American and Caribbean Communication Agency)
GUYANA CHURCHES PERSEVERE IN CARING FOR FLOOD VICTIMS
Abnormally heavy rainfall in the South American country of Guyana has caused prolonged flooding in its heavily populated, low-lying coastal areas, affecting nearly 300,000 people. In what is considered to be the nation's most severe flood in more than a century, crops of sugar cane and rice have been destroyed and more than three weeks after the flooding began, water still lies waist-deep or higher in some areas. Churches in and near the affected areas have been providing help since the beginning of the disaster and pastors are working to bring practical help and spiritual encouragement. "People are coming to the church from 6 a.m. until midnight, asking for food. The Christians have given from their own pockets to help them," said a pastor on the East Coast. The orderly and equitable way in which churches have organized their aid distribution has been commended by government officials as well as by local communities. Christians have helped not only fellow believers, but those of all faiths and races. Some of the churches are now running out of food and resources. "Today my church is serving food for the last time," lamented a pastor from the Grove area on the east bank. "After that we have nothing more to give." (Barnabas Fund)
CALIFORNIA SEMINARY HONORS CHRISTIAN TV PIONEER DAVID SCOTT
The Center for Arts, Religion and Education (CARE) at the Graduate Theological Union (GTU), a seminary in Berkeley, Calif., has created a faculty chair and endowment to boost the school's new Electronic Christian Media degree program. The endowment was started in honor of Christian television pioneer Rev. David Scott of Total Living Network (TLN). Dr. Doug Adams, professor of Christianity and the arts, says income from the endowment will "assure that many of the 1,400 students . . . will be trained to communicate the gospel in the primary language of today: film and television." Scott, 70, vice president for special services at TLN, began a 47-year career in the Christian media in 1958, serving as communications director for a church in Memphis, Tenn. He wrote, produced and took part in the weekly radio and television program, "Christ Is the Answer." In 1990 he joined Christian Communications of Chicagoland, Inc. where he has served in numerous management positions from vice president and general manager to his current position. Scott was the inaugural lecturer and guiding mentor of CARE's Electronic Christian Media course that launched a year ago. (Assist News Service)
BLIZZARD BOOSTS LISTENERSHIP TO CHRISTIAN RADIO STATION IN ROMANIA
A vicious blizzard has blanketed Romania and parts of Europe, shrinking food and fuel supplies. However, Little Samaritan Mission's Florin Pindicblaj calls the storm a blessing in disguise. The number of listeners to the ministry's Christian radio station has increased "many times in the last two weeks, because people are stuck at home and they're listening to our Christian broadcasts." Pindicblaj says the ministry plans to open three additional stations as weather conditions allow. (Mission Network News)
* HCJB World Radio broadcasts the gospel locally in seven Romanian cities via partner ministry Radio Voice of the Gospel. The network is a cooperative effort with the Evangelical Alliance of Romania and the Romanian Missionary Society.
$25-MILLION CREATION MUSEUM EXPECTED TO OPEN IN 2007
Construction is continuing on an educational facility designed to teach about how science supports the biblical view of creation. The 100,000-square-foot building that will house the Creation Museum is complete, but numerous displays for the project still need to be built. The $25-million facility, which sits on a major highway exit near the Kentucky-Ohio border, is set to open to the public in the spring of 2007. Answers in Genesis (AIG) is spearheading the museum project. "It's going to be a walk through biblical history with animatronics and computer technology, telling people the true history of the world, about creation, the fall of man, the flood of Noah, the origin of races, marriage . . . and so on," said AIG president Ken Ham. The ministry is in the process of raising money to complete the facility which Ham says will be a center for both education and evangelism. The museum will present information to help believers learn about science and how Scripture explains many scientific controversies. (Religion Today/AgapePress)
* JOURNALISTS HONOR SPANISH NEWS DIRECTOR AT HCJB WORLD RADIO Ecuadorian journalist Edwin Chamorro, Spanish news director at Radio Station HCJB in Quito, Ecuador, received the National Journalism Award in the radio category at a special ceremony Friday, Jan. 28. Ecuador's National Union of Journalists (UNP), celebrating its 65th anniversary this year, decorated Chamorro for professional excellence in 2004. "As journalists we have been given the capacity to inform others," the UNP noted. "No one does it better than him."
Chamorro, a journalism graduate of Quito's Central University, produces the program, "Foro Latinoamericano" (Latin American Forum). He is also a professor at HCJB World Radio's Christian Center of Communications (CCC) in Quito.
The previous day, Chamorro spoke to the Latin American Council of Churches on the theme of Ecuador's political instability. A number of leading pastors and evangelical church leaders from across Ecuador were present at the meeting.
At this meeting Carlos Pinto, director of HCJB World Radio's Education Division, lauded Chamorro for his "objective way of presenting the news, his versatility in producing cultural programs, the consistency of his faith and his untarnished 18-year career as a journalist at Radio Station HCJB."
"My job is to be a journalist," Chamorro said. "I was meant for this occupation, it's my passion." Students at the CCC describe him as someone who completes his job with "professionalism, dedication, sacrifice and unselfishness."
The UNP has given numerous awards to Radio Station HCJB throughout the years. Twice in the past five years the station was honored for its "contributions to the advancement of communication of news in the country." (HCJB World Radio)
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