Established in 2012, the EU Prize for Journalism is an annual event that encourages professionalism and ethical conduct in Georgian journalism, organized by the Delegation of the European Union to Georgia. The Special Prize for conflict-sensitive journalism rewards media outlets contributing to confidence building and peace and is handed out by the European Union Monitoring Mission. The rules of the EU Prize for Journalism have been inspired by the principles of the Georgian Charter of Journalistic Ethics and seek to encourage professionalism and ethics in the Georgian Journalism.
WHO CAN APPLY?
Only citizens of Georgia within its internationally recognized borders, aged 18 years or older. Entries must have been originally published/ broadcast/ posted between 30 November, 2022 and 1 November, 2023 inclusive.
Winners of the EU Prize will be revealed in 8 categories.
Each applicant can submit only one entry to only one of the following Prize Categories:
A. Best story in print or online media;
B. Best feature story in broadcast or online media;
C. Best investigative story /feature in print, online, or broadcast media;
D. Best online or print blog, opinion or column in print or online media;
E. The most innovative and original piece of work in print, online or broadcast media;
F. Best documentary photo reflecting shared values (Human rights, including minority rights, social justice, respect for human dignity, freedom of speech, democracy, equality and rule of law) and published in print or online media;
G. Best conflict-sensitive journalistic work contributing to confidence-building and peace in the context of armed conflicts in Georgia, displaying high standards of journalistic ethics and professionalism (The EUMM Special Prize for Peace Journalism).
I. Best Student work in print, online or broadcast media.
Application Form and Guidelines for Applicants are available at: Submission
Entries must be in Georgian, English or Russian languages. Entries for Category G (the EUMM Special Prize for Peace Journalism) may also be submitted in Abkhazian and Ossetian languages.
Applicants may only submit their own work.
It is mandatory for the applicant to indicate the name and surname of the co-author (if any) in the special field indicated in the application form.
A person participated in the creation of a journalistic work submitted to the competition (video editor, cameraman, photographer, additional/second author, etc.) can be considered as a co-author.
An editor will not be considered as a co-author.
The team does not exceed three (3) members; In case of winning, a whole team will receive the monetary prize.
Members of the team having applied for one category will not be eligible for applying for other categories.
Only single-author submissions will be accepted for Category G (the EUMM Special Prize for Peace Journalism).
In submitting an entry, the participant acknowledges that he or she has read and understood the rules, conditions and procedures of the EU Prize for Journalism.
Note: The winners (or co-authors of the winners) of 2021 and 2022 EU Prize for Journalism (including EUMM Special Prize for Peace Journalism) will not be eligible to participate as authors or co-authors.
Jury members and staff of the Delegation of the European Union to Georgia, EUMM, IWPR and any contractors, grantees, or other organisations directly involved with the contest are not eligible to take part.
Entries will be judged based on the following criteria:
- For Categories (A), (B), (C), (E) the criteria will be as follows: adherence to facts, depth of reporting, focus; fairness and balance; creativity and style; impact;
- For Category (D) creativity and style; impact;
- For Category (F) the criteria will be as follows: creativity and expressiveness; impact; addressing EU values (human rights, including minority rights, social justice, respect for human dignity, freedom of speech, democracy, equality and rule of law);
- For Category (G) the criteria will be as follows: Impartiality and bias-free, relevance in contributing to confidence-building, peace and dialogue through media; adherence to high ethical standards of journalistic reporting on conflict sensitive issues; and significance and impact.
For Category (I) the criteria will be as follows: adherence to facts, depth of reporting, focus; fairness and balance; creativity and style.
One winner will be announced for each Prize Category.
The prizes are as follows: Categories (A), (B), (C), (D), (E), (F), (I): cash prizes.
Category (G): one month fellowship with the Institute of War and Peace Reporting in London.
Applications are judged by a panel of independent jury, composed of European and Georgian media professionals, and will act in an advisory function. The opinions of the jury will be submitted to the EU Delegation and the EUMM Mission to Georgia, who will take them into account when deciding on the winners. These decisions are final and cannot be appealed.
The winner of each respective category will be announced in 2023 at a public award ceremony which will be advertised on eu4georgia.ge/euprizeforjournalism/
The deadline for entries is until 18:00, November 1, 2023.
HOW TO APPLY
Application Form and Guidelines for Applicants are available at Submission
The European Union reserves the right to reproduce entries in part or as a whole for the purpose of promoting the EU Journalism Prize and other activities funded by the European Union.