The EU to hold the 12th edition of EU Prize for Journalism in Georgia
The Call for Applications is open until 1 November, 2023. Apply from here.
“Journalists do not work for accolades, awards and appreciation. We work because we love our profession,” says Nino Narimanishvili, one of the winners of the 2022 EU Prize for Journalism. Nino’s piece on emigration won the prize for the Best story in print or online media. Nino does not work for applause, but she recognises that the EU Prize is the most respected and prestigious award that motivates professionals working in Georgia to create quality products.
The purpose of the award is, on the one hand, to strengthen public trust in the media; and on the other hand, to encourage professionalism and ethical conduct in Georgian journalism.
EU Ambassador to Georgia Pawel Herczynski says there is no alternative to ethical and responsible journalism in the era of massive information and misinformation.
“Quality journalism is the only way to win, and recognising and appreciating quality journalism is the essence and purpose of the EU Prize,” notes the ambassador, adding that the competition has set these goals since its launch.
This year, this important event in the Georgian journalism will bring together professionals for the 12th time. In addition to the Best story in print or online media, a special jury will award the prize in the following nominations:
- Best feature story in broadcast or online media;
- Best investigative story in print, online, or broadcast media;
- Best blog, opinion or column in print, online or broadcast media;
- The most innovative and original piece of work in print, broadcast or online media;
- Best documentary photo reflecting EU values;
In addition to professional journalists, the EU Prize for Journalism also offers an opportunity for students. Since last year, the Best Student work in print, online or broadcast media has been added to the nominations. With this move, the EU is trying to motivate and interest the younger generation of journalists.
“I’d advise students to take part in this very important competition. I think that could help them develop professionally and get an opportunity to share their work with more people,” says Christine Gogaladze, the winner of the 2022 Student Prize.
In parallel to the new nominations, the traditional EUMM Special Prize for Peace Journalism will be awarded for the best conflict-sensitive journalistic work contributing to confidence-building and peace in the context of armed conflicts in Georgia.
It is noteworthy that the submitted pieces cover a wide range of topics and problems that primarily stay out of the spotlight of daily newscasts.
“This award proves that there are many good, talented, professional journalists in Georgia. I am happy that the themes of the pieces are so diverse. Our colleagues cover the most relevant and important topics,” says journalist Maka Antidze, a member of the 2022 Award jury.
The call for applications for the EU Prize for Journalism launched on May 3 and remains open before the deadline, 1 November 2023, 18:00 (Tbilisi time).