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European Commission Lorenzo Natali Media prize 2020 for Journalism Reporting on Sustainable Development Issues (€10,000 prize)

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Deadline: 15 Mar,2020    Next term Starts:: 09 Jun,2020

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About

The Lorenzo Natali Media Prize was launched in 1992 to recognise and celebrate excellence in reporting on sustainable development issues. The Prize also gives a voice to those whose vital message is often overlooked or ignored. It was created by DG DEVCO, and named after Lorenzo Natali, a precursor of European development policy.

The overarching theme of the Lorenzo Natali Media Prize is journalism for sustainable development. Entries to this year’s competition should relate to international partnership issues such as, but not limited to, fighting poverty and inequalities, human rights, democracy, youth, gender equality, environment and climate change, health, technology and digital, etc.

Established 28 years ago by the European Commission, the Lorenzo Natali Media Prize is awarded in memory of Lorenzo Natali, a former Commissioner for Development and staunch defender of freedom of expression, democracy, human rights and development. He served three terms as one of Italy’s European Commissioners.

Natali played an important role in the EU accession process of Greece, Spain and Portugal. He also helped enact key measures to combat pollution and improve living conditions across Europe. In his final four-year term as Commissioner, from 1985 until 1989, he was handed responsibility for cooperation and development policy in the Commission under President Jacques Delors. It was in this capacity that he set up a broad network of relations with the governments and leaders of African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries.

 

Eligibility and Criteria

  • Entries must have been published (print or online) or broadcasted (radio or television) between 10 March 2019 and 9 March 2020.

Language requirements

  • English, French and Spanish are the official languages of the Prize. However, we accept all languages as long as a translation in English, French or Spanish is provided. The entries will be evaluated on the basis of translated texts.

Length

  • For text-based entries, the length limit is 2,300 words. Video and audio entries can be up to 10 minutes long.

Geographic eligibility

  • Geographic eligibility is based on the location of the media outlet where the reporting was published. The outlet’s office must be based in an eligible country. For example, reporting published in Reuters India is eligible, while reporting published in Reuters USA is not.

Author(s)

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

Evaluation criteria

  • The evaluation will be based on the following criteria (on a scale of 0 to 5). Relevance to sustainable development issues will be the main criterion. A zero score in the relevance area will disqualify the entry.

 Evaluation criteria for text-based entries

  • Relevance to the sustainable development theme.
  • Reporting rigour: the entry demonstrates well-documented work based on a variety of sources. It is accurate and factual and/or supported by evidence and well-reasoned if it is an opinion piece.
  • Writing: language, style, structure, clarity of language, original approach to the theme, reader’s interest maintained.
  • Added value: entry covers a topic with social importance and brings to light an issue that is important for development. Entry contributes to making a difference or an analytical perspective (subject is significant, it provides a thoughtful analysis, it brings clarity).

Evaluation criteria for video or audio entries

  • Relevance to the sustainable development theme.
  • Reporting rigour: the entry demonstrates well-documented work based on a variety of sources. It is accurate and factual and/or supported by evidence and well-reasoned if it is an opinion piece.
  • Editing & Recording: language & neutrality, style, structure, clarity, quality of the image and picture/ audio track, dynamism (avoiding sensationalism). Added-value of audio-visual material is clear. Innovative and appropriate use of recording techniques.
  • Added-value: entry covers a topic with social importance and brings to light an issue that is important for development. Entry contributes to making a difference or an analytical perspective (subject is significant, it provides a thoughtful analysis, it brings clarity).

 

Awards and Benefits

  • There will be up to three winners. Categories will not be awarded if quality is not met.
  • Each winner will receive 10,000€. The winner of the Best Emerging Journalist category will also be offered a work experience opportunity with a media partner.
  • The winners will be invited to participate in the Award Ceremony to be held in Brussels on 9-10 June 2020.
  • The European Commission will cover the cost of their travels. In the case of jointly authored or produced items, please note that only one person will be sponsored to join the Award Ceremony.

The applicants must choose one of these categories when filling in the application form. The Prize is open to journalists in the following three categories:

  • Grand Prize: reporting published by a media based in one of the European Union’s partner countries on development and cooperation
  • Europe Prize: reporting published by a media based in the European Union*.
  • Best Emerging Journalist Prize: open to journalists under 30 whose reporting was published by a media based in the European Union* or in one of its partner countries on development and cooperation.

 

How to apply

To apply please click here