To mark our fifth anniversary we have an extended programme around the Award Ceremony with a masterclass, a movie and various panel discussions. All will lead up to the prime moment of the evening: the announcement of this year’s winners. For those who are not able to attend, we will be hosting a live-stream of the winners announcement on our website.
Together with journalists from all over Europe, we will hear the stories behind excellent journalism. To top it all off, the key note speaker of the evening, Gideon Rachman – chief foreign affairs columnist for the Financial Times – will speak on what it means to be a journalist in this day and age. The Award Ceremony will be a unique event, uniting journalists and media institutions from all over Europe. The perfect breeding ground for new ideas and partnerships.
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14:00 Talent Meets Laureates
The EPP encourages a new generation of excellent journalists. A select group of promising and international journalistic talent will participate in a column-writing Masterclass of EPP laureates and columnists Gideon Rachman (Financial Times) and Fintan O’Toole (The Irish Times).
One of our founding partners, Foundation Veronica, will host a panel discussion on Pan-European cooperation. The Panama Papers and stories published by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists teach us that certain subjects need an international approach to get the full, international picture. For this afternoon we invite international publishers, freelance journalists and media owners to join a discussion on how to set up a sustainable Pan-European platform on all levels of the journalistic industry.
Journalism under Pressure
The European Press prize will host a panel discussion on journalism under pressure. We will discuss the challenges for journalists working in countries with limited press freedom with Yavuz Baydar – an award-winning Turkish journalist exiled in France – and Bartosz Wieliński – head of the Foreign Department of one of Poland’s remaining independent dailies. Francesca Borri – one of the last journalists behind the frontlines in Syria – and Christiaan Triebert – a 25-year-old who has done fieldwork in Ukraine, Syria and Iraq – will share experiences on working in conflict-ridden areas. How does one write quality journalism under extreme pressure?
18:30 Award Ceremony
Key-note: Gideon Rachman
Announcement & celebration of winners:
Distinguished Writing Award
Special Award: the 2017 Special Award pays tribute to a new generation of excellent journalists, and the great pieces that they have entered.
20:00 Ever After
Q&A with the winners
Food & Drinks
Movie: Chez Nous (ENG subtitles)