Bolivia’s Native English-Language Magazine

Bolivian Express: Performing Quality Journalism with a Global Vision

Continuous improvement and professional training for development in one of the most demanding modern professions


© 2016 D.Vega / R.M

Bolivia is a fascinating place. Its history as a central part of the vast Inca Empire, and its status as one of the first countries in the Americas to push for independence from European colonial power, have carved out its place in South American History. But it is Bolivia’s present as a multicultural nation and an emerging Latin American power that is staking its claim in an exciting and dynamic future.

As a nation, Bolivia has many peculiarities. For one, it is entirely landlocked. This has made the Bolivian territory home to a culture of mountains, with people accustomed to the highlands and the snowy peaks. But its peculiar geographical position is not the only notable difference between it and its Latin-American neighbors. Bolivia has strong cultural differences with the rest of Latin America, making it one of the most wonderful sources of cultural diversity in the region.

In what was one of the first Latin American countries to constitute an independent republic, three indigenous groups of clear and different origin exist in the country today: the Guarani, Quechua, and Aymara. These three native cultures are joined by a significant population of Hispanic descendents, represented by white Creoles and Mestizos, and the inescapable presence (although in Bolivia to a lesser extent) of the descendents of black Africans, originally brought by the Spanish to the country as slaves.

With this rich mixture constituting the people of Bolivia, it is impossible not to marvel at the resulting cultural tapestry. Deep and complex, Bolivian society builds upon its many historical and even religious references, allowing Bolivians to make a clear contrast within themselves, and guided their country to efficiently undertake the challenges of the future.

It is within this cultural hotbed that a particular magazine, Bolivian Express, was born. This organization, founded in 2010, aims to produce a media outlet to build Bolivia’s connection with the English-speaking world at large in the form of a cultural and business magazine. Bolivian Express, which is published for free both in a print edition in Bolivia and online for the rest of the world, stands as one of the leading publications of this emerging nation.

From the highlands, writing with a global vision


© 2016 D.Vega / R.M

Bolivian Express is a magazine written completely in English. It boasts a large distribution throughout the Bolivian territory, where it is free for both native English speakers and English learners to pick up and enjoy. But beyond covering the broad spectrum of cultural, social, and economic issues that make Bolivia such a fascinating place, Bolivian Express has the distinction of operating as a kind of hands-on journalism school, offering the opportunity for young journalists, editors, and photojournalists from around the world to come and sharpen their skills.

This brilliant element of specialized training ends up not only benefitting those who undertake its training courses, but also the magazine itself, which receives a fresh crop of talent every year, solidifying its status as an "avant garde" magazine that is up to date with the main trends in the world of media and communication.

Bolivian Express’s training capacity is oriented towards the English speaking world, creating scenarios where foreign journalists can learn on the job while improving and refining their writing, interviewing, fact-checking, and translation skills, as well as gaining mastery of the other basic arts that comprise the complex job of reporting the news in a country that speaks the language of Cervantes. This makes Bolivian Express’s courses more interesting for any journalist from the English speaking world seeking to work in a Spanish-speaking country.

For its commitment to providing high quality information, in-depth investigative pieces, and wide-ranging cultural coverage that combines sharp social analysis with writing in the humanities, combined with its commitment to one of the fundamental pillars of Quality Culture, continuous improvement and staff training, Business Initiative Directions is pleased to grant the BID Quality Award 2016 to Bolivian Express.

ABOUT BID AND THE INTERNATIONAL STAR FOR LEADERSHIP AWARD:


BID is a private and independent organization founded in 1984, whose primary activity is business communication orientated towards quality, excellence and innovation in management. A leader in the broadcasting of Quality Culture, BID recognizes those companies and organizations which lead the most important activities in the business world, and is considered the founding organization in the broadcasting of the Culture of Quality, Excellence and Innovation in 179 countries. The trophy symbolizes a pledge to the principles of Quality Culture. The QC100 Total Quality Management Model, together with the Quality Mix program, media coverage of the convention and its impact on the community and business sector, create an unmatched platform for continuous improvement within the organization and awareness of the achievements of the company at an international level. Awards are given only to those who are committed to improving their Quality Culture based on the principles of the QC100 Total Quality Management Model. Candidates are proposed by the leaders of previously awarded companies who they consider worthy of the award. Especially meritorious candidates may also be nominated. The International BID Quality Award Selection Committee then chooses the winning companies who will receive the award in New York, Paris, Geneva, Frankfurt, Madrid and London.