The European Press Prize’s Preparatory Committee (PrepCom) – consisting of eight members from seven countries, speaking thirteen languages – is in charge of selecting the shortlist for each category; a daunting task. Hundreds of pieces and projects in all forms journalism can be conducted in, written in all possible European languages and on every conceivable subject. They read and re-read, compare the incomparable and select a number of projects to translate or investigate. All in order to select a handful of entries to be submitted to the judges.
Peter Preston is the chairman of the Preparatory Committee. He was the editor of the Guardian in London for twenty years. He is now co-director of the Guardian Foundation. Before becoming editor, Peter Preston worked as a political reporter, war correspondent and daily columnist.
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.
Konstanty Gebert is Senior Policy Fellow and head of the Warsaw office at the European Council on Foreign Relations since 2011. He started working as an editor and columnist for several underground publications after the military coup in 1981. In 1989 he joined the new independent daily Gazeta Wyborcza as a columnist and international reporter.
Denis Staunton is the Deputy Editor of The Irish Times. He joined The Irish Times in 1997. Before joining The Irish Times he reported for the Observer and The Guardian.
A press freedom enthusiast, Patrice Schneider started his publishing career as a journalist reporting from conflicts in Central Asia at the end of the 1980s.
Hugo Bütler was the editor-in-chief of the Neue Zürcher Zeitung, one of the oldest newspapers still published, from 1985 until 2006. Until his resignation in 2007 he was also Chairman and Head of Journalism of the Neue Zürcher Zeitung Group.
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.
Uffe Riis Sørensen
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.