The Forum of Journalists of Panama awarded the Pulitzer Center-funded data journalism grant project, "Atlantic Conquest," as the best multimedia work in a national journalism awards ceremony held May 10, 2018. The prize was accepted by Pulitzer Center grantees Guido Bilbao and Sol Lauría, and their counterparts Eliana Morales and Andrea Gallo, from Panama's leading national daily newspaper, La Prensa.
This multimedia story appeared online in Spanish and English and was published as a front page series by La Prensa beginning on December 11, 2017. "Atlantic Conquest" uses drones, satellite images, and land registration documents to investigate land grabs on indigenous tribal lands adjacent to a new trans-Panama highway project.
In a previous discussion with the Pulitzer Center, Bilbao explained how "Atlantic Conquest" focuses on surveying the infrastructure projects undertaken by the government of Panama in protected areas, on forest lands inhabited by indigenous peoples. The project used a data visualization and indigenous mapping team, applying open GIS data, satellite imagery, drones, and panoramic images to map and monitor land-use change, incorporates new technologies and data into an interactive online platform.
"Atlantic Conquest" was funded by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting's 2017 Property Rights and Data Journalism grants initiative. Applications for the first round of 2018 Property Rights and Data Journalism grants will be accepted through May 31, 2018.