FAQ

Some of the most frequently asked questions are answered below. If you still have any other questions you can always send us an email on [email protected]

How many awards are there?

Four – worth 10,000 euros each. There is also a Special Award the jury can decide to award.

1. The Investigative Reporting Award – For the individual or team effort which has done most to unearth facts that the public – and society – has a right to know;

2. The Distinguished Reporting Award – For the best reportage and feature writing illuminating vital issues at home and abroad;

3. The Opinion Award – For the commentator, columnist or editor whose work has made a decisive impact;

4. The Innovation Award – For the idea – presentational, technical or in terms of editorial techniques – that has made a clear contribution to journalism’s future;

The Special Award – From 2013 on, the judges will be empowered to award a special prize for particular excellence in editing or any other discipline, including reporting, feature write and advocacy.

Which countries’ journalists are eligible to compete?

Any of the 47 countries which make up the Council of Europe are fine – though this isn’t a Council of Europe contest, or an EU one. We’ve just taken the widest possible practical definition of Europe.

What do I have to send in and where?

Entries can be sent in using the entry form on this website, which requires to add the full text of the entry as well as a word or PDF file.

What’s the timetable for the European Press Prize?

The European Press Prize will welcome entries from October 1, every year. The entry deadline is mid-December. For the entries for the 2020 edition, this was December 13, 2019.

After the entry deadline, our Preparatory Committee will start sifting through entries – ordering translations, consulting observers from journalism university departments, foreign-based correspondents and trusted observers in order to reduce the number of entries to no more than six in each category. The shortlist they select, is being published under ‘Stories’ on our website.

Who is on this preparatory committee?

The chairman is Denis Staunton, London Editor of The Irish Times. He’ll work with Patrice Schneider from the Media Development Investment Fund, Belinda Goldsmith, editor-in-Chief of the Thomas Reuters Foundation, Heikelina Verrijn Stuart, an eminent journalist and lawyer from The Netherlands, Anna Husarska, Franco-Polish journalist and former staff writer at The New Yorker and The New Republic, Bartosz Wieliński, Polish journalist and head of the Foreign Department of Polish daily Gazeta Wyborcza, Ida Nyegård Espersen, Danish journalist and member of staff at the investigative team at the Danish newspaper Berlingske, Maria Louka, an Athens based journalist working for some of the largest media outlets in Greece, and Sebnem Arsu, consultant editor for The Independent newspaper, with a journalistic background in Turkey. Their aim is to find a selection of the highest quality entries to pass on to the main judging panel.

When will that full panel sit?

At a prearranged time during January and early February.

What is the composition of the Panel of Judges? 

Sylvie Kauffmann, editorial director of French newspaper Le Monde is the chair of the Panel of Judges. Yevgenia Albats, Editor in Chief and CEO of the Moscow-based political weekly The New Times will join him on the panel together with Alexandra Föderl-Schmid, correspondent of the Süddeutsche Zeitung for Israel and the Palestine territories, Alan Rusbridger, giant of journalism and former editor-in-chief of The Guardian, and Juan Luis Sánchez, co-founder and deputy director of eldiario.es.

When will the winners be announced?

The winners will be announced at the yearly European Press Prize ceremony. The ceremony takes place in May or June every year. All nominees will be asked to attend the ceremony. 

The European Press Prize is open for entries

Enter before December 11 for the 2021 edition!

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