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.
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.
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.
Robert Bosch Stiftung
The Robert Bosch Stiftung is financially supporting the European Press Prize’s Migration Journalism Award.
The Robert Bosch Stiftung is one of Europe’s major non-partisan foundations associated with a private company. Through its work, the Foundation has managed the philanthropic bequest of company founder Robert Bosch for over 50 years. His aspiration to alleviate hardship, and contribute to peace and stability, still guides the Foundation’s actions today. The Robert Bosch Stiftung currently focuses its engagement on the areas of Health, Education, and Global Issues. Global Issues encompasses the Foundation’s contributions to solving challenges in the areas of Democracy, Peace, Climate Change, Inequality, Migration, and Immigration Society. The funding strategy places particular emphasis on the nexus between these issues. Solutions require cross-sectoral collaboration, consideration of diverse perspectives, and equal opportunity.
Migration has always been part of human history. Migratory movements are constantly changing, as the reasons for migration expand and merge, and regions of origin may become regions of transit or destination. International regulations often fall short of migration’s fluctuating dynamics. The debate about migration polarizes societies, hampering the development of long-term political solutions, which are necessary to alleviate human suffering and harness the development potential of migration.
The Foundation’s objective is to help shape migration policy, governance, and practice in a way that combines a long-term perspective with respect for human dignity through far-sighted, inclusive approaches. It also aims at supporting efforts that leverage the potential of migration for individual and social development in regions of origin, transit, and destination. In addition, it seeks to promote a differentiated and solutions-oriented discourse on migration within and between societies.