Four – worth 10,000 euros each. There is also a ‘special’ prize the jury can decide to award.
1. The Investigative Reporting Award – For the individual or team effort which has done most to unearth facts that the public – and society – has a right to know;
2. The Distinguished Writing Award – For the best reportage and feature writing illuminating vital issues at home and abroad;
3. The Commentator Award – For the commentator, columnist or editor whose work has made a decisive impact;
4. The Innovation Award – For the idea – presentational, technical or in terms of editorial techniques – that has made a clear contribution to journalism’s future;
The Special Prize – From 2013, the judges will be empowered to award a special prize for particular excellence in editing or any other discipline, including reporting, feature write and advocacy.
Any of the 47 countries which make up the Council of Europe are fine – though this isn’t a Council of Europe contest, or an EU one. We’ve just taken the widest possible practical definition of Europe.
Either – though we want entrants to work for, or have their work published by, a professional news source. The European Press Prizes seek to represent benchmarks for quality in journalism across 47 different countries. That is a a huge undertaking, one we hope to grow year by year. In the beginning, we seek to reward quality in printed newspapers and magazines, and in the body of work of consistent bloggers. Prizes for the huge range of individual blogs, though, can’t be dealt with just yet.
Entries can be sent in using the Entry Form on this website, which requires to add the full text of the entry as a word-file. The address to send material by post is:
European Press Prize
Olympisch Stadion 39
1076 DE AMSTERDAM
The 2013 edition covers writing and editing between October 1 2012 and November 29 2013. You’re welcome to submit entries to us from September 9 2013 if you’re sure about their quality. The deadline for entries is November 29, 23.59 hrs, 2013.
In December, a preparatory committee of judges will start sifting through entries – ordering translations, consulting observers from journalism university departments, foreign-based correspondents and trusted observers in order to reduce the number of entries to no more than six in each category. They’ll publish short lists on the awards website.
The chairman will be Peter Preston, director of the Guardian Foundation, who edited the Guardian in London for 20 years. He’ll work with Uffe Soerensen, member of the board of the Jyllands-Posten Foundation in Denmark, Patrice Schneider from the Media Loan Development Fund, Heikelina Verrijn Stuart, an eminent journalist and lawyer from The Netherlands, Timothy Large, Editor-in-Chief of the Thomson Reuters Foundation and Konstanty Gebert, journalist and co-founder of the MDLF. Their aim will be to find a selection of the highest quality entries to pass on to the main judging panel.
At a prearranged time during January and early February 2014.
Sir Harold Evans, the iconic former editor of the Sunday Times in London, now editor-at-large for Thomson-Reuters, is the chairman of the panel of judges. Sylvie Kaufman, former editor of Le Monde, Joergen Ejboel, former editor of Jyllands-Posten, and Yevgenia Albats, Editor in Chief and CEO of the Moscow-based political weekly The New Times will join him on the panel. A new judge will be announced at the beginning of September 2013.
They’ll be announced in the winners’ countries of origin March 2014. All winners will be asked to attend the awards ceremony and foundation conference in London on March 17 2014.