Some of the most frequently asked questions are answered below. If you still have any other questions you can always send us an email.
How many awards are there?
Four – worth 10,000 euros each. There is also a special prize 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;
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 a word or PDF file.
Can I send in more than one entry or article?
Yes, there are no limits to the amount of articles you can send in. You can either apply more than once, in, for example, different categories or with articles on different subjects. You can also add multiple articles in one entry, if they relate to each other. Please note that even though there are no absolute limits to the length or number of pieces that can be accepted by the preparatory committee; in general, no article or articles should exceed a maximum of 5000 words in all. Going beyond that puts a heavy strain on translation resources.
What’s the timetable for the 2019 edition of the awards?
The European Press Prize will welcome entries for the 2019 edition from the 1st of November. The entry deadline is the 14th of December.
After the entry deadline, a preparatory committee of judges 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. They’ll publish shortlists on the awards website.
Who is on this preparatory committee?
The chairman is Denis Staunton, London Editor of The Irish Times. He’ll work with Uffe Ris Sørensen, member of the board of the Jyllands-Posten Foundation in Denmark, 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, Natalia Chantaroli, journalist for eldiario.es, Annette Bruhns, who’s in charge of SPIEGEL’s inland news and is correspondent for Schleswig-Holstein and Konstanty Gebert, journalist and former Board Member of MDIF. 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 its composition?
Sir Harold Evans, the iconic former editor of the Sunday Times in London, now editor-at-large for Thomson-Reuters, is the chairman of the panel of judges. Sylvie Kaufman, former editor of Le Monde, Jørgen Ejbøl, former editor of Jyllands-Posten, 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
When will the winners be announced?
They’ll be announced at the ceremony in April 2019. All nominees will be asked to attend the awards ceremony.