News - Journalists rewarded for their work
On Wednesday 19 October, four European journalists were awarded the European Parliament Prize for Journalism 2011. This prize is for having contributed to developing, “a greater understanding of the EU”.
The President of the parliament, Jerzy Buzek, awarded each prize winner €5000. During the ceremony, president Buzek affirmed that he was aware, “how difficult a task it can be to explain Europe, its policies and its decisions. Promoting a better understanding of the EU is sometimes hard and complicated. But it is vital”.
Romain Gubert of the French weekly journal Le Point won the written press award for his article "the incredible story of the Euro". The jury described the article as "an outstanding piece of work that meets all the criteria of good, solid, investigative journalism" as well as "a superb educational tool for understanding the Euro". The internet prize was awarded to Massimiliano Nespola for his article, "We do not know when, but a European constitution will come". The jury was very impressed how the blogger skilfully depicts the EU as an institution-in-progress, representing not just economic interest groups but all Europe's citizens. Tero Koskinen from Finland won the TV award for the reportage "Return of the Roma", on a Roma caravan camp in Helsinki. The author left enough room for a local angle, whilst exploring responsibility at individual, national and European levels - an approach that the jury found particularly powerful. Steffen Wurzel of Germany won the radio award for his report on how the EU deals with refugees at its frontiers. His reportage, “Refugees, facilitators and fences”, provided refugees with a voice and enabled them to depict an aspect of a problem that is rarely presented in the news. (JK/transl.fl)
Source: Agence Europe – 20/10/2011