EU Investigative Journalism Award 2019 for Western Balkans and Turkey

Deadline: 17 July 2019

Applications are now open for submission of investigative articles from the Western Balkans and Turkey for the annual EU Investigative Journalism Award.

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The EU award regional scheme for investigative journalism in Western Balkans and Turkey is established by the European Commission, DG Enlargement, following the EU Enlargement strategy which recognises a strong need for ensuring freedom of expression in the media, and for support to investigative journalism to monitor the reform processes and to keep momentum towards EU accession.

The EU Award for Investigative Journalism aims at celebrating and promoting outstanding achievements of investigative journalists and improving the visibility of quality investigative journalism in the Western Balkan countries and Turkey.

Investigative stories contributing to freedom of expression, rule of law, transparency and reporting on issues related to abuse of power and fundamental rights, corruption and organised crime that otherwise would not have been brought to the public’s attention will qualify for the award.

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Award Information

  • The award fund in each country in 2019 (for achievements in 2018) is 10,000 EUR. The first prize will be 5,000 EUR, the second 3,000 EUR, and the third prize will be 2,000 EUR. In exceptional cases the jury may decide not to award all prizes if the quality of entries is not adequate.
  • The prize amounts are presented in gross value, from which deductions shall be made in line with the national provisions.

Eligibility criteria

  • Individuals or group of journalists are eligible to apply with all journalism forms (print, online, radio and TV) published or broadcasted in the media in each country in official, minority or international languages.
  • Articles eligible for submission must appear in print, online, radio and TV media outlets during the 2018 calendar year.
  • Investigative stories published in languages other than official language(s) of the country should submit translation in the official languages of the country or English.
  • Nominations can be submitted by:
    • Individuals or groups of journalists who are the authors of the nominated investigative piece;
    • Other individuals and organisations with prior written consent of the author(s)
    • Individuals or groups of journalists are allowed to submit one investigative piece or a series of articles with the same thematic focus.
    • The candidate for the award and the nominator accept the rules and conditions of this contest, it also needs to be willing to present themselves in public.

Eligibility of the Investigative Stories

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  • Investigative stories contributing to freedom of expression, rule of law, transparency and reporting on issues related to abuse of power and fundamental rights, corruption and organised crime that otherwise would not have been brought to the public’s attention will qualify for the award. The submitted application must demonstrate an original approach to researching and reporting an important aspect of the topic. Appropriate research should be conducted in order to produce an in-depth investigation. The investigation should feature fresh information and interviews, and be analytical and investigative in nature.
  • Investigative stories need to be published between January 1 and December 31, 2018.

How to Apply

The entry/nomination must be submitted electronically via email at the address given on the website.

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