Contests launched: EU awards for investigative journalism in Western Balkans and Turkey

The EU award for investigative journalism in Western Balkans was established by the European Commission, as a regional initiative implemented by partner organization of the civil society from Montengro, Albania, BiH, FYR Macedonia, Serbia, Kosovo and Turkey. Coordinator of the program is Peace Institute in Ljubljana, a SEENPM member.

The EU award for investigative journalism aims at celebrating and promoting outstanding achievements of investigative journalists and improving the visibility of quality investigative Western Balkans and Turkey.

The contest includes a sub-category for the best story by young investigative journalist, thus aiming at promoting a young generation of investigative journalists.

The award is given once a year in the Western Balkans countries and Turkey.  The annual award fund for each country is 10,000. From one to three investigative stories will be awarded with individual prizes between 3000 and 5000 euros.

MONTENEGRO

Montenegro Media Institute announced the competition for the EU award for investigative journalism, rewarding the best investigative stories published in Montenegro in 2016.

The due date for application is 28 March 2017 (midnight).

The full instructions for submission of entries/nominations and entry forms are available here.

 

SERBIA

Novi Sad School of Journalism published a call for nomination for EU award for investigative journalism. The awards are intended for the best achievement of investigative journalism published in 2016. The investigative stories should be related to abuse of power and fundamental rights, corruption and organized crime, revealing issues that otherwise would not have been brought to the public’s attention.

It is possible to nominate investigative stories authored by one or a group of journalist, published by any type of media in Serbia: print, radio, TV, online or combination of those. The contest includes a sub-category for the best story by young investigative journalist. Young investigative journalists also qualify for the general award.

The full instructions for submission of nominations and entry forms are available here.

Deadline for submission is 29 March 2017.

 

BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA

Delegation of the European Union to Bosnia and Herzegovina, in partnership with Mediacentar Sarajevo, has launched the contest for the 2017 EU investigative journalism award in BiH.

Investigative stories reporting on societal issues related to abuse of power and violation of fundamental rights, corruption and organized crime in Bosnia and Herzegovina, published by broadcast, print or online media in 2016 are eligible. The 2017 award fund for Bosnia and Herzegovina amounts to 10,000 euro. Contest call with entry forms and detailed instructions is available at www.media.ba.

Contest is open until March 31, 2017. 

 

ALBANIA

The award in Albania is coordinated by Albanian Media Institute.

The award aims at celebrating and promoting outstanding achievements of investigative journalists and improving the visibility of quality investigative journalism in the Western Balkans and Turkey.

Under this call, investigative reports published between 1 January – 31 December 2016 are eligible, covering issues related to abuse of power and fundamental rights, corruption and organized crime in Albania that otherwise would not have been brought to the public’s attention.

The contest will be open until April 17, 2017.

The full instructions for submission of entries/nominations and Entry forms are available here

For more information, please contact: EUAward@institutemedia.org

 

KOSOVO

The award in Kosovo is coordinated by Press Council of Kosovo.

Investigative stories published between 1 January and 31 December 2016, reporting on societal issues related to abuse of power and fundamental rights, corruption and organized crime in Kosovo that otherwise would not have been brought to the public attention can be nominated for the award.

The award fund in 2017 (for achievements in 2016) is 10,000 Euro. Up to three entries will be awarded.

The complete instructions for submission of entries/nominations and entry forms can be found here.

For more information, please contact: euaward@presscouncil-ks.org

The deadline for submission of entries/nominations is April 5, 2017.

 

MACEDONIA

The Macedonian Institute for Media will coordinate all the activities related to the contest in Macedonia.

The full instructions for submission of nominations and entry forms are available on the following Internet site: www.mim.org.mk/eunagrada

The deadline for submission of entries is 7 April 2017.

 

TURKEY

Journalists who have published investigative piece on societal issues related to abuse of power and fundamental rights, corruption and organised crime in Turkey in the past year can now enter the third EU Award for Investigative Journalism contest.

News stories published between 1 January and 31 December 2016 will be considered for the award.

The award in Turkey is coordinated by Platform for Independent Journalism (P24).

The full instructions for submission of nominations and entry forms are available here.

The deadline for submissions is 16 April, 2017. 

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