Vicent Partal (Valencian pronunciation: [viˈsɛm paɾˈtaɫ]) (Bétera, 1960) is a Valencian journalist, founder and manager of VilaWeb. He also worked in El Temps, Diari de Barcelona, TVE, Catalunya Ràdio, El Punt, and La Vanguardia, among others. He is considered an Internet pioneer.
In 1994, he created the self-styled "first news Internet system in the Catalan Countries" named El Temps Online. In 1995, founded Partal, Maresma & Associats, a company devoted to Internet Consulting and access. From that initiative, La Infopista catalana appeared in 1996, which later became VilaWeb.
Partal was know, before being editor of VilaWeb, as a foreign affairs reporter for TVE, La Vanguardia and El Punt. He was reporting from several continents in moments like the end of apartheid in South Africa, the independence process in the Baltic countries, the democratic revolution in Eastern Europe, the war in the Balkans, the Tian an men uprising or several american elections.
He is currently the Deputy Chairman of the European Journalism Centre.
Partal has won a number of awards, including Catalonia’s National Internet Prize in 2000 and the National Journalism Prize in 2004.
He is author of several books on politics and journalism.
- "Veure autor". Universitat d'Alacant (in Valenciano). 23 February 2007. Retrieved 29 December 2011.
- "Vicent Partal avisa de la importància de la participació dels lectors en la premsa del segle XXI". omnium.cat (in Catalan). 24 November 2011. Retrieved 29 December 2011.
- Personal weblog
- Sir Berners Lee and the African Journalist Article at the EJC website about Partal ideas on journalism