Preparatory committee

The European Press Prize’s preparatory committee (PrepCom) – consists of members from different European countries, speaking a multitude of languages. The PrepCom is in charge of selecting the shortlist for each category; a daunting task. Hundreds of pieces and projects come in – in all shapes and sizes – written in all possible European languages and on every conceivable subject. The PrepCom reads and re-reads, compares the incompatible, and selects a number of projects to translate or investigate. All in order to narrow it down to a short selection of entries that is to be submitted to the judges.

Cristian Lupșa

Cristian Lupșa is a storyteller, editor, and founder. For 13 years he ran DoR, a digital and print magazine that was an important landmark for Romanian independent journalism until it closed in 2022. Read more ›

Anna Kiedrzynek

Anna Kiedrzynek is a Polish freelance reporter and long-form writer. Read more ›

Beata Balogová

Beata Balogová is the editor-in-chief of SME, a major daily and news site in Slovakia. Read more ›

Bert Lanting

Bert Lanting  (1954) is a Dutch journalist and former foreign affairs editor at Dutch newspaper De Volkskrant. Read more ›

Daniele Grasso

Daniele Grasso (Milan, Italy, 1987) is an investigative and data journalist based in Madrid. Read more ›

Daria Badior

Daria Badior is a cultural critic, journalist and editor from Ukraine. Read more ›

Denis Džidić

Denis Džidić is the Executive Director and Editor of the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BIRN BiH). Read more ›

Dimitris Theodoropoulos

Dimitris Theodoropoulos is deputy Director of Culture and Culture & Strategy Advisor of the Onassis Foundation. Read more ›

Ewa Wołkanowska-Kołodziej

Ewa Wołkanowska-Kołodziej was born in Vilnius (Lithuania). She graduated in Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology from Warsaw University, and from the Polish School of Reportage in Warsaw. Read more ›

Gaby Khazalová

Gaby Khazalová is an investigative reporter and deputy editor-in-chief of the Czech independent online outlet Deník Referendum. Read more ›

Hendrik Lehmann

Hendrik Lehmann is Head of Tagesspiegel Innovation Lab and coordinating a European network for urban journalism. Read more ›

Jacopo Ottaviani

Jacopo Ottaviani is an award-winning computer scientist and data expert who works as Code for Africa’s Chief Data Officer (CDO). Read more ›

Lucas Menget

Lucas Menget is a French reporter and author. He has been covering wars and conflicts for radio and television and has been a longtime correspondent in Baghdad. Read more ›

Lucila Rodríguez-Alarcón

Lucila Rodríguez-Alarcón is one of the four founders of the porCausa Foundation in Spain and became its executive director in October 2016. Read more ›

Mathias Friis

Mathias Friis is the investigative editor at DR, the Danish public service broadcaster. Read more ›

Oleg Khomenok

Oleg Khomenok is a member of GIJN’s Board of Directors, and a Senior Media Advisor at Internews Network. Read more ›

Sandrine Treiner

Sandrine Treiner is a journalist and a writer. Former deputy director (2010 – 2015) then director of the French public radio (2015 – 2023), France Culture, she acted as chief editor for public television channels (France 3 and France 24 – 1998 – 2010) and has a long standing experience in press writing. Read more ›

Şebnem Arsu

Şebnem Arsu is a Turkey-based journalist, with a journalistic background in Turkey and its region for over 20 years. Read more ›

Sérgio B. Gomes

Sérgio B. Gomes is the editor of Sunday supplement, P2, at Portuguese newspaper Público. Read more ›

Wafaa Albadry

Wafaa Albadry is an award-winning journalist. Her work has been featured in notable outlets such as the BBC, Business Insider, France24, and Vice. Read more ›

Winny de Jong

Data journalist Winny de Jong (1988) works at the Dutch public news broadcast NOS. Read more ›