European Commission has launched “Lorenzo Natali Media Prize 2020” to reward journalists from around the globe for their online, print or audio-visual reporting of stories of human achievements and perseverance around sustainable development issues.
The overarching theme of the Lorenzo Natali Media Prize is journalism for sustainable development. Entries for 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 digitalisation.
To mark the launch, International Partnerships Commissioner, Jutta Urpilainen said, “Every year, the Lorenzo Natali Media Prize recognises journalists’ contribution to building more sustainable, fair and prosperous societies and speaking truth to power. Their human stories help to shed light and search solutions to poverty, inequalities and injustices. I would like to warmly encourage journalists covering sustainable development stories worldwide to apply and join the global community of winners, jury members and partners of the Lorenzo Natali Media Prize.”
Journalists are encouraged to send in entries for one of three categories.
- Grand Prize: For reporting published by a media outlet based in one of the European Union’s partner countries.
- Europe Prize: For reporting published by a media outlet based in the European Union.
- Best Emerging Journalist Prize: For reporting by journalists under the age of 30, published in a media outlet based in the European Union or in one of its partner countries.
Note: Entries must have been published (print or online) or broadcasted (radio or television) between 10 March 2019 and 9 March 2020. For the UK, reporting must have been published between 10 March 2019 and 31 January 2020.
Journalists are invited to submit their work online. Applications are open until 15 March 2020.
About Lorenzo Natali Media Prize
The Lorenzo Natali Media Prize was launched in 1992 to recognise and celebrate excellence in reporting on sustainable development issues. It was created by DG DEVCO, and named after Lorenzo Natali, a precursor of European development policy.
Lorenzo Natali was a staunch defender of freedom of expression, democracy, human rights and development. He was an Italian politician and served as a Vice-President and European Commissioner from 1977 to 1989. He was Commissioner for Cooperation, Development Affairs and Enlargement from 1985 to 1989.
Winning the Lorenzo Natali Media Prize is not only a personal achievement for the journalists concerned. It also recognises the media outlets that published their articles as platforms that champion sustainable development and democracy and give a voice to ordinary people.
For further information on eligibility and how to apply, visit this link.