Preparatory Committee

As of January 1, the Preparatory Committee will start evaluating all entries. It will prepare a shortlist of a maximum of six entries for each of the four categories.



Peter Preston – Chairman

Peter Preston was editor of the Guardian in London for twenty years. He is now co-director the Guardian Foundation. Before becoming editor, Preston worked as political reporter, war correspondent and daily columnist. Today, he writes a weekly page of media comment for the Observer. Preston served as world chairman of the International Press Institute and as chairman of the Association of British Editors. He has published two novels.

Heikelina Verrijn Stuart

Heikelina Verrijn Stuart is a lawyer, philosopher of law and journalist. She has worked as broadcaster for Dutch radio and television and for Dutch daily and weekly newspapers. As a correspondent she covered the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, the International Criminal Court and the other international courts for Dutch media, the Belgian network VRT, the BBC and the International Justice Tribune. She was director of the Clara Wichmann Institute for Women and Law in Amsterdam. She is currently working on a book about the workings of the Peace Palace. She widely published on criminal law, international law and subjects as revenge, reconciliation and forgiveness in Dutch and international publications and books. Verrijn Stuart is a member or chair of several Dutch advisory bodies on international affairs, human rights, the restitution of art looted during the Second World War, and the commemoration of WW II. She is member of the board of Stichting Democratie and Media.

Patrice Schneider

A press freedom enthusiast, Patrice started his publishing career as a journalist reporting from conflicts in Central Asia at the end of the 1980s. Before being involved in media development as Chief Strategy Officer of the Media Development Investment Fund, he held the responsibilities of Managing Director of Netscape Europe, a Principal for the World Economic Forum (The Davos Annual Meeting) and Deputy Managing Director at Lagardère Active – the leading French publishing group and owner of ELLE, PREMIERE and other internationally renowned magazines. Schneider has also worked as a Director at the World Association of Newspapers in Paris.

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Timothy Large

Timothy Large is Director of Journalism and Media Programmes at the Thomson Reuters Foundation, where he drives programmes to raise journalistic standards worldwide and help independent media flourish, even under the most challenging circumstances. These range from the creation of independent news agencies in Iraq, Egypt, Zimbabwe and Myanmar to support for pan-African investigations on illicit money flows and initiatives to increase the professionalism and quality of Russian-language media. He was previously Editor-in-Chief of the Thomson Reuters Foundation, responsible for global news services covering under-reported stories including humanitarian issues, women’s rights, the human impacts of climate change and corruption. Before that, he was a Reuters correspondent. He is committed to helping independent media find ways to become commercially sustainable in difficult environments.

Uffe Riis Soerensen

Uffe Riis Sørensen is member of the board of the Jyllands-Posten Foundation. He started his career in journalism as a trainee with the local Danish newspaper Dannevirke-Hejmdal. In the seventies, eighties and nineties he worked with a number of newspapers as a reporter and editor, managing editor and editor-in-chief. From 1999 – 2004 he was editor-in-chief, of the Aalborg Stiftstidende in Northern Jutland. From 2004 until his retirement in 2008 he was editor-in-chief and CEO of the Danish news agency Ritzau’s Bureau. He still writes as a columnist. Uffe has held and still holds a number of positions in international organizations of news agencies, most recently as General Secretary of the News Agencies World Congress and the News Agencies Council.

Konstanty Gebert

Konstanty Gebert (Warsaw, 1953) taught psychology at the Medical Academy in Warsaw from 1979-1983. His career in journalism started after the military coup in 1981, when he worked as an editor and columnist for several underground publications, using the pen name Dawid Warszawiski. He was also closely connected to Solidarność. In 1989 he joined the new independent daily Gazeta Wyborcza as a columnist and international reporter, writing about the Middle East, the Balkans, human rights, international humanitarian law and Jewish issues. He has worked with independent media in Russia, Ukraine, the Balkans, Africa and Latin America. His collected essays, newspaper articles and columns were published in Poland and worldwide. Gebert is an expert in Jewish history. He has been, and still is actively involved in several organizations or publications to do with Jewish issues or Jewish-Polish relations, either as a (co)-founder, scholar, advisor or board member. He teaches Polish-Jewish relations at universities in Poland and the United States and wrote eleven books. In 1995, Gebert was co-founder of the MDIF and served as its vice-chair from 1995-2000. He is still a MDIF media consultant. Since 2011 he is Senior Policy Fellow and head of the Warsaw office at the European Council on Foreign Relations, a think tank.

Hugo Butler

Hugo Butler

Hugo Bütler was the editor-in-chief of the Neue Zürcher Zeitung from 1985 until 2006. Until his resignation in 2007 he was also Chairman and Head of Journalism of the Neue Zürcher Zeitung Group. He joined the editorial board of this paper in 1968 and worked on numerous national and foreign policy issues. He supervised the department of “Political Literature”, in particular the East-West issues relating to the CSCE. Hugo Bütler wrote about many different topics, such as Swiss foreign policy, media policy, social policy and ideological issues in the wake of the student movement of 1968.