The prize was founded by European media owning organisations – all of whom count excellence and public service as part of their collective challenge. Our founders and funders together are our members and play an active role in the development of the prize.
The Guardian Foundation
An independent charity which supports media under threat, promotes diversity in the media and empowers children and young people to engage with the news. The Guardian Foundation is a registered charity (number 1027893) with a vision of a world where all people can tell their stories, access the truth and hold power to account. Its aims reflect the Scott Trust’s objective of “promoting the causes of freedom of the press and liberal journalism both in Britain and elsewhere”.
The Politiken Foundation
Politiken is a leading Danish newspaper. Internationally, Politiken has received recognition for its design through the form of several awards. It is independent of political parties, organizations, economic interests, groupings and individuals’ influence. This independence is a prerequisite for the editorial credibility of Politiken.
Agora Foundation was established in October 2004. Since 2005 it has had the status of a public benefit organization (PMO). In recent years, Agora Foundation has focused on co-organizing and financing social campaigns initiated by “Gazeta Wyborcza,” the largest Polish opinion-forming daily. The Foundation consistently supports organizations specialized in providing assistance to seriously ill and disabled children, and has run scholarship programs for children and students together with other NGOs.
Media Development Investment Fund
MDIF is a not-for-profit investment fund for independent media in countries where access to free and independent media is under threat. We provide affordable debt and equity financing supported by technical assistance to media companies that provide the news, information and debate that people need to build free, thriving societies.
The Jyllands-Posten Foundation
With its high reputation for unbiased news and forthright opinions, Morgenavisen Jyllands-Posten is one of Denmark’s most widely read newspapers – and the country’s outstanding newspaper success of recent years.
The Irish Times Trust Limited
The Irish Times has delivered quality news, opinion and analysis since it was first published in 1859. In 1974, a Trust was formed with the objective of securing and maintaining The Irish Times as ‘an independent newspaper primarily concerned with serious issues for the benefit of the community throughout the whole of Ireland, free from any form of personal or party political, commercial, religious or other sectional control’.
Always innovating and keeping pace as media technologies evolve, The Irish Times was among the first news publisher in the world to establish a website in 1994. A multiplatform publication, its ethos is in upholding the journalistic principles that earned it the reputation as Ireland’s paper of reference. The continued commitment of its team ensures that The Irish Times delivers trusted journalism of value and independence to readers. 161 years on, The Irish Times has more than 120,000 subscribers and many thousands more who buy the newspaper every day.
The Thomson Reuters Foundation
The Thomson Reuters Foundation is the corporate foundation of Thomson Reuters, the global news and information services company. As an independent charity, registered in the UK and the USA, it works to advance media freedom, foster more inclusive economies, and promote human rights. Through journalism, media development, free legal assistance and convening initiatives, the Thomson Reuters Foundation combines its unique services to drive systemic change.
Stichting Democratie & Media
The statutory objectives of the Democracy and Media Foundation are to counter all forms of totalitarianism in social and political life and to strive for a vigorous democracy and multifaceted, opinionating media. The foundation’s current mission is to invest in strong, critical media and a strong, just democratic state based on the rule of law. The Democracy and Media Foundation provides financial support to organizations, projects and other initiatives that promote this mission.
Veronica’s mission is to contribute to the development of a vital and sustainable media landscape. Through connections with entrepreneurs and pioneers who want to storm, strengthen and renew the media Veronica wants to support and accelerate companies who tackle the crises in the media. Veronica participates in among others Dag & Nacht Media, NBM and SmartOcto360. Also Veronica proudly sponsors several social projects as European Press Prize and Forbidden Stories.
Luminate is a global philanthropic organisation focused on empowering people and institutions to work together to build just and fair societies. Luminate supports innovative and courageous organisations and entrepreneurs around the world and advocates for the policies and actions that will drive change across four impact areas: Civic Empowerment, Data & Digital Rights, Financial Transparency, and Independent Media.
Incubator for Media Education and Development (iMEdD) is a non profit organisation founded in 2018 with the exclusive donation of Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF). Its mission is to support and promote the transparency, credibility and independence in journalism on the grounds of securing meritocracy and excellence in the field.
The symptoms of a ‘post-truth’ era have proliferated at an unprecedented rate in recent years, fostered in large part by social media. The Nicolas Puech Foundation is convinced that this is a major challenge now facing society. Given that an enlightened public debate relies on the accuracy and reliability of the information consumed, the foundation has decided to make this issue the focus of its work between 2017 and 2022.
For such initiatives to emerge and flourish, their originators need to be supported and protected. The Foundation funds programmes led by well-respected and experienced organisations that defend and assist individuals at risk of being targeted due to their activities in service of the public good.