The European Press Prize is at the International Journalism Festival

Published on March, 1 2022

We are delighted to announce we will be attending the International Journalism Festival 2022, hosting a panel on the importance of journalism awards.

Silvia Mazzocchin 2018

Every year, in the Italian city of Perugia, journalists, experts and media lovers come together for the IJF, to talk about journalism and its many challenges and try and understand where the profession is going and how to keep it strong – because there is no healthy democracy without a free press.

We at the European Press Prize are going to attend the Festival, bringing to the table our commitment to celebrate and support journalists all over Europe, and our knowledge of the awards landscape.

How to make awards even more relevant

What is the function of journalism awards? To us, they contribute to raising awareness of the importance of journalism and of the risks that this profession presents.

The latest, important, example of this is the Nobel Peace Prize assigned to Ressa and Muratov for their work in the Philippines and Russia, spreading quality information and countering the actions of their governments.

But can they be more than this? And in what measure can they contribute to making the journalistic profession safer and enhancing the reach of quality journalism?

The discussion panel we will host, is designed to try to answer such questions. With international-level speakers, we will reflect on the role of awards in the journalism landscape. We will talk about their importance, and at the same time try to understand if and where they fall short, to find space for improvement.

The aim is to gather feedback from the attendees, generate ideas, and explain how the European Press Prize works on building a community of journalists that can rely on international awards to do their job better.

The panel will be held in English, and it will be recorded, so we will be able to share it with you as soon as it will be available.

Click here to read more about the IJF.