Lorenzo Natali Media Prize for Journalists 2018
Deadline: March 9, 2018
The European Commission is pleased to call for application for the Lorenzo Natali Media Prize 2018. Through this prize the European Commission recognises the dedication of journalists whose work helps to create a better world. The Natali prize will acknowledge outstanding reporting on development issues.
It will reward outstanding reporting on issues such as poverty eradication, and the economic, social and environmental dimensions of sustainable development, as outlined in the new European Consensus for Development. The Consensus is an ambitious vision for the EU institutions and Member States’ development policy, which calls for better coordination and coherence in support of peace, the planet, people, prosperity and partnerships.
- Theme 1 – Development: Entries must address issues on development in the developing world. The countries where Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development and Directorate-General for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations provide development assistance are considered part of the developing world.
Entries under this theme will be classified under one of five regions: 1. Africa; 2. Arab World and the Middle East; 3. Asia and the Pacific; 4. Latin America and the Caribbean, and 5. Europe. The classification will be based on country of residence of the applicant or on its media organisation/media outlet’s headquarters location. Two winners (depending on the age of the applicant) shall be awarded per region; therefore, there will be up to ten winners in total for the Development theme.
- Theme 2 – Eliminate violence against women and girls: For 2018 the Lorenzo Natali Media Prize shall award a special prize for submissions related to the elimination of violence against women and girls. Entries for the special prize can be made by journalists from any of the five regions mentioned above.
There will be up to 11 winners. Categories can be left deserted if quality is not met. The 11 winners are distributed as follows:
- Two winners (junior and senior) will be awarded per region. They will receive a trophy and prize of EUR 5 000.
- A Grand Prize will be awarded in addition to one of the winners. The Grand Prize winner will receive additional trophy and EUR 5 000. A Special Thematic Prize will award the best entry focusing on the elimination of violence against women and girls. The winner will receive a trophy and prize of EUR 5 000.
- The winners are expected to participate in the Award Ceremony to be held in Brussels on 5/6 June 2018. The European Commission will cover the cost of the winners’ travel to Brussels for the Award ceremony (in the case of jointly authored or produced items, please note that only one person will be funded).
- Open to all journalists whose HQ media is based from one of these regions: Africa, Arab World and the Middle East, Asia and the Pacific, Latin America and the Caribbean and Europe
- Two categories of applicants will be identified:
- Junior journalists (between 21 and 26 years old on March 9, 2018)
- Senior journalists (above 27 years old on March 9, 2018).
- The entries must have been published (print or online) or broadcasted (radio or television) in one of the five above-mentioned regions
- The participants must be the authors and holders of the copyright and the moral rights of their work
- Laureates cannot compete again for the Prize the year following their award, but are eligible for subsequent editions
- Journalistic works submitted by current members of staff of the European Union institutions, people involved in the pre-selection process, the jury or MC-Phrenos will not be considered. These people can enter the contest three years after leaving their position
The evaluation will be based on the following criteria:
- Relevance – relevance to the theme; focus and significance
- Originality of approach – methodology, innovativeness;
- Investigative depth – in-depth investigation, resources put in, accuracy, factual reporting;
- Quality of work – writing, structure, language, clearly stated conclusion;
- Added value – challenging the status quo, having a big scope etc.
The applicants can only submit their applications via the online form. Submitted journalistic works can either have one or several authors. Postal and email application will not be considered.
Entries are accepted in all languages. However a translation in English, French or Spanish is required for the entries, that are not written in one of these languages. The entries will be evaluated on the basis of translated texts provided in one these three languages.
The call for application will be open until 9 March at midnight, Central European Time (CET).
For more information, visit Lorenzo Natali Media Prize.