European Parliament awards best European journalists

This year, the European Parliament has offered the prize in journalism for the second annual edition. There are four sections for which young journalists can compete: written press, radio, television and internet. This year the ceremony took place during the “New media, all interactive, all public?” seminar for young journalists taking place at the EP in Brussels. The event is organized by the European Youth Press.

The awards were offered by the European Parliament President, Proffesor Jerzy Buzek, as following:

Written PressInes Possemeyer from Germany – a fascinating story about the mobility and migration of Romanians and Bulgarians after entering the European Union. “I’ve seen a group of Romanians getting out of the country for the first time”, says Ines. She considers that if we learn together, the old European continent will help communication and integration grow.

InternetBalint Szlanko from Hungary – a very accessible article for the general public.

RadioZbigniew Plesner from Poland – a provocative approach. He made a show that presented a critical opinion about UE. „People have to be listed to this kind of ideas as well in order to develop”, said Mr. Plesner.

TelevisionElke Sasser & Kristian Kahler from Germany – an interesting story about the lives of some farmers, followed for four years, showing that the EU have a great impact on citizen’s lives and especially peasants.. “EU gives chances to everybody, but also risks and you have to know how to deal with them”, said Kristian.

It’s the second year the European Parliament offers a prize in journalism, as the EP aimes to a fruitful collaboration with the European citizens through the young journalists, the next generation that will report the news. The Journalism Prize is awarded “in the spirit of respect for media freedom and pluralism”. The winners are chosen according to their outstanding contribution to clarify major issues at European level or promotion of a better understanding between institutions or policies of the European Union. The winner in each section receives 5000 euros.

All the 27 EU member countries can participate, each of them nominating not more than one journalist for one of the five categories. The contributions are evaluated on the basis of the following criteria: journalistic quality, European relevance and contribution to the better understanding of the EU and to the clarification of major European issues.