The European Press Prize 2024 is open for entries

Published on October, 5 2023

The European Press Prize, the award for excellence in European journalism, is open for entries until December 15, 2023. Journalists from all 46 countries of the Council of Europe, and from Belarus and Russia, are invited to present their best work produced in the past year. They have the opportunity to become Prize Laureates and be awarded 10,000 euro prizes.

The European Press Prize was founded in 2012. Quality journalism is of vital importance to healthy democracies, especially in a time when information is omnipresent. Therefore, the European Press Prize is committed to encouraging journalism of the highest quality in Europe – because a healthy, well-informed public debate led by professional journalists is crucial for democracy and the rule of law.

By celebrating the many skilled professionals who operate in the field of independent quality journalism, the Prize wants to set an example of what quality journalism in Europe entails.

In previous years, works realised by journalists from very different backgrounds and with the most diverse skill sets were nominated for, or won, the European Press Prize. The list of winners spans from stories that tackled topics such as women’s health – like Lara Bonilla and Ricard Marfà’s infertility: The other face of motherhood” – to investigations into neo-Nazi terrorist cells across Europe, like “Death Weapons: Inside a Teenage Terrorist Network” by Alexander Nabert, Christina Brause, Bryan Bender and Nick Robyns-Early. From innovative projects of data journalism like Maldita’s Whatsapp chatbot to tackle misinformation, to cross-border ones, for example, the collaborative project Russian Asset Tracker.

The rules

Journalists from all 46 countries of the Council of Europe, plus Belarus and Russia, are eligible to enter their work. Journalists working in Europe and journalists writing for a European publication can submit their work. The work submitted must have a publication date between December 1, 2022, and December 31, 2023.

The European Press Prize is awarded in five categories: Distinguished Reporting, Innovation, Investigative Reporting, Migration Journalism and Public Discourse. The Panel of Judges also awards a Special Award for excellent journalism that defies categories and disciplines.

Only pieces of up to 5,000 words are accepted, and shortlisted ones will be translated into English to allow them to reach an even bigger audience.

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