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Friday, February 22, 2019
Ivet González, who describes herself, among other things, as a “witness of her time with a critical vision,” has been an IPS correspondent in Cuba since 2011, where her coverage in the field stands out, as she travels around the country to show, through the people, the most varied aspects of their development, with a sensitivity and depth that bring you closer to their reality in a compelling manner.
For Ivet, who has a master’s degree in Communication Sciences and is a professor specialising in news agencies at the University of Havana Faculty of Communication, IPS, in addition to being an international news agency, embodies “a transgressive philosophy” that “has demonstrated its importance for the entire world, not just the developing South.”
As a journalist, Ivet is especially committed to what she sees as the most important feature of IPS today: “to provide a complete picture of an issue, when information on the Internet is increasingly fragmented, with an inclusive, sustainable, proactive and rights-based approach.”
She has covered a broad range of political, economic and social issues, and is particularly satisfied with her reports on issues that form part of the development agenda, from the perspective of the protagonists, such as gender, the LGTBI community, climate change or sustainable agriculture, which have allowed her to address “a variety of approaches to key problems of today’s societies.”
In addition, this coverage has given her “the possibility of getting to know my own country thanks to the work we have done outside Havana…Throughout the six years I have been with the agency, I’ve accumulated a very diverse knowledge and vision of the island because I’ve gone to places which I think few journalists have reached,” she says with enthusiasm.
“Working in remote areas has brought me many satisfactions because I see, for example, that people who live in the mountains or the wetlands feel important and acknowledged when we report on their lives,” she adds.
Furthermore, she says, “IPS’s approach has helped me resolve conflicts and find friendly ways to write about Cuba, a country where journalistic work in all its dimensions is complex.”
Ivet, who likes to provide “splashes of color” that humanise her coverage and bring it closer to the readers, says that as a journalist “I have had to live through a time of transitions.”
A time when our star of the month feels that “committed journalists are becoming increasingly necessary because we mobilise societies and connect people and projects working for a better world.” A world, she says, where journalism “is threatened by fake news”, among other problems.
“Unfortunately, and especially in Latin America, there is also an urgent need for societies that respect and guarantee freedom of the press and governments that protect the lives of journalists,” she warns.