Preparatory committee

The European Press Prize’s Preparatory Committee (PrepCom) – consisting of seven 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


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. Previously Peter Preston worked as a political reporter, war correspondent and daily columnist.

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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.

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Konstanty Gebert

Konstanty Gebert

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.

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Denis Staunton

Denis Staunton

Denis Staunton is the London 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.

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Belinda Goldsmith


Belinda Goldmsith is Editor-in-Chief of the Thomas Reuters Foundation, the charitable arm of the news providing organisation. Belinda is an award-winning journalist who has reported and led news teams from more than twenty countries on political, financial and general news.

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Nikos Chrysoloras


Nikos Chrysoloras is the Bureau Chief in Brussels at Bloomberg News. Before joining one of the world’s largest news gathering operations, he was a journalist at Kathimerini, Greece’s newspaper of record.

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Patrice Schneider


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.

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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.

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