Levante UD held the gala for the VII Journalist Awards for the 2016-17 season which coincided for the fourth consecutive year with the traditional Christmas meal with the media. The event, hosted by first team player Iván López and Delia Bullido from the club’s communication department, took place at Sporting Tenis Valencia, and those present included members of the Board of Administration, led by the Chairman Quico Catalán; chairman of the Cent Anys Foundation Vicente Furió, sports director Vicente Blanco "Tito"; Levante UD Head Coach Juan Ramón López Muñiz; and chairman of the Valencian Sports Press Association, Paco Nadal, among others.
The jury who decided the Awards corresponding to the 2016-17 season was made up of Rafa Marín, who received the award for sentiment last season, Vicente Furió, chairman of Levante UD’s Foundation, Manolo Bueno, director-manager for Levante UD FS, Alberto Gil, communication director for Levante UD, and Paco Nadal, chairman of the Valencian Sports Press Association
The award winners were the following:
- Commitment Award for best news item in any format with content related to the club: Visibilitas, digital sports news related to women’s sports. The award was received by editor and administrator, Raúl Cosín.
- Passion Award for best photograph: Francisco Calabuig from Superdeporte.
-Soul Award for best front page: Marca Newspaper for the front page “Ascenso de bandera”. The award was received by Marca newspaper director Juan Ignacio Gallardo.
-Credibility Award-Salva Regües for best opinion column: José Luis García-Nieves from Levante EMV newspaper for the article “One nil to the Levante UD”
- Cent Anys Foundation Award for best product on line: Digital newspaper El Desmarque Valencia, for their extensive coverage of Levante. The award was received by their Valencia delegate, David Torres.
-Heart Radio Award for best programme or content: Ser Deportivos Valencia. The award was received by their director and presenter, Pedro Morata, and José Manuel Alemán, who is in charge of covering Levante.
-Heart Television Award for best content: The feature on Levante’s promotion to first division “Levante. Un Campeón Autoritario”, produced and edited by Mediapro for the tv channel LaLiga 1|2|3. The award was received by Michel Martín, from the communication department for LaLiga; and Alex Porras, Héctor Ruiz, Mª José Berbagall and Roberto Cordero from Mediapro.
-Heart Press Award for best article or content: Alberto Martínez from Las Provincias for the article “La quinta fase del sueño”.
-Acknowledgement Award for best product or programme outside Valencia: The programme on Cadena Cope, at national level, “Área Chica” which specialises in women’s football. The award was received by the programme’s presenter, Andrea Peláez.
-Sentiment Award for best Journalist: Javier Mínguez, from El Desmarque Valencia
-Life Award-Paco Gandía for distinguished career: Paco Nadal. The legendary Valencian journalist, who has worked for more than fifty years in the media, including press, radio and television. He was presented the award by his wife Pilar and his daughters Lucía and Pilar.
This year there was a new category, the Gratitude Award; this award is given by the club without the jury’s intervention. This award acknowledges the collaboration between the club’s communication department and any person and/or company that stands out for their professionalism and competence, and who helps the club spread the club’s own press products. The award went to 99.9 Valencia Radio, a radio station that has worked with the club for the last two seasons and which covers the official Levante matches. The award was collected by José Barberá and Juanma Doménech.
There was a very special moment during the gala where the Miguel Muñoz de Marca Trophy for best coach of the Liga 1|2|3 last season was awarded to Levante coach López Muñiz by Marca director Juan Ignacio Gallardo. This award was going to be presented to Muñiz at the awards gala which took place in Barcelona last Monday but he was unable to attend due to it being the night before the match against CD Leganés.
The gala ended with a special mention for Ismael Algarra from the club and his colleagues at Superdeporte newspaper, who wanted to show their support and wish him a quick recovery.