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European Commission Lorenzo Natali Media Prize 2019 for International Journalists

The Lorenzo Natali Media Prize was launched in 1992 to recognise excellence in reporting on development issues, inequalities, human rights and poverty eradication. It was created by DG DEVCO, and named after Lorenzo Natali, a precursor of European development policy.

Application Deadline: 14th April 23:59 CET 

Eligible Countries: International

To be taken at (country): Brussels, Belgium

About the Award: The Lorenzo Natali Media Prize was launched in 1992 to recognise excellence in reporting on development issues, inequality, human rights, and poverty eradication. It was created by the European Commission’s Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development (DG DEVCO), and named after Lorenzo Natali, an early champion of European development policy.

Today, the Lorenzo Natali Media Prize’s community of past winners, jury members and partners have created a platform supporting reporting on development. The Prize also gives a voice to those whose vital message is often overlooked or ignored.

The Prize is organised by the European Commission in close collaboration with strategic regional partners and ambassadors. 

THEMES

The overarching theme of the 2019 Lorenzo Natali Media Prize is journalism for development. Entries to this year’s competition should relate to to development cooperation issues such as, but not limited to, youth, gender equality, health, climate change, etc.

The European Union and its member states jointly provide over half of all official global development aid, making it the world’s leading donor. The New European Consensus on Development aligns the EU with the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Field: The 2019 Lorenzo Natali Media Prize will be awarded in the following three categories:

  • Grand Prize: open to journalists whose media headquarter is located in one of the more than 160 partner countries* with which the European Union engages on development and cooperation.
  • Europe Prize: open to journalists whose media headquarter is located in one of the countries of the European Union.
  • Best Emerging Journalist Prize: open to journalists under 30 whose media is headquartered  in any country where DG DEVCO and DG NEAR provide development assistance*, as well as in the EU Member States.

Type: Contest

Eligibility:

Publication period

  • Entries must have been published (print or online) or broadcasted (radio or television) between 10 March 2018 and 9 March 2019.
  • 2018 winners cannot compete again for the 2019 Prize, but are eligible for subsequent editions.

Author(s)

  • Submitted journalistic works can have one or several authors. The participants must be the authors and holders of the copyright and the moral rights of their work. 

Language requirements

  • Entries are accepted in all languages. However, a translation in English, French or Spanish is required for the entries that were not originally published in one of these languages. The entries will be evaluated on the basis of translated texts provided in one these three languages.  

Length

  • For text-based applications, the length limit is 2 000 words. Video and audio entries can be up to 10 minutes long.
  • The Prize Secretariat reserves the right to disqualify any entry that contains hurtful, misleading, libellous or vulgar content, or that contains any material that could constitute or encourage conduct which would be considered a criminal offence, give rise to civil liability, or otherwise violate any national or international law.

Plagiarism

  • Plagiarism, which includes the unauthorised use of the language and thoughts of another author and the representation of them as one’s own, will result in disqualification. Retrospective discovery of plagiarism will result in revocation of title of winners.

Number of Awards: Not specified

Value of Award: The winner in each category will receive €10,000. The winner of the Best Emerging Journalist Prize category will also be offered a work experience with a media partner.

Duration of Programme: Winning journalists will receive their award at the Lorenzo Natali Award Ceremony at the 2019 European Development Days, which take place in Brussels on June 18-19, 2019.

How to Apply: Submit your entry for the 2019 Lorenzo Natali Media Prize via our online platform here

  • It is important to go through all terms and conditions on the Programme Webpage (see link below) before applying
  • GOODLUCK!

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