Quality journalism is of vital importance to healthy democracies, especially in a time when information is omnipresent. Unfortunately, because of a transforming and pressured market, quality has become increasingly difficult to maintain.
To help counter the effects of these transformations was one of the reasons the European Press Prize was envisioned. Formed by seven independent European foundations that all have strong media connections, all of which count excellence and public service as part of their collective challenge.
The aim is simple: To salute and encourage journalism of the highest quality wherever it can be found in our continent. Journalists from all 47 countries of Europe as defined by Council of Europe membership are eligible to enter their work.
In 2012 in De Balie in Amsterdam, the first annual award ceremony was held. Since then, with following ceremony’s at the headquarters of Reuters in London and JP/Politiken in Copenhagen, the European Press Prize has become a symbol for journalists and their readers, showing that the role of brave journalists and excellent articles is vital in forming healthy societies.