EU-Canada Young Journalist Award 2009
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|And the winners are:|
The jury met on March 24 and the winners are:
The New Righteous by Paloma Friedman
Tightening Borders in Western Europe by Anca Gurzu
The next Young Journalist Award will be launched in the fall of 2009.
1. The Award
3. How to Apply
4. A jury will select the winners
5. Comments from previous winners
6. List of previous winners
7. Contact us
The European Union is pleased to announce the 2009 EU-Canada Young Journalist Award
Brussels, the home of the European Union's institutions, is host to the largest permanent press corps in the world. By writing or recording a story about the European Union or EU-Canada relations, you could win a trip to Europe and meet the press corps in Brussels, the city at the heart of the EU's decision-making machinery.
Canadian students are invited to submit a composition on a current issue facing the European Union or EU-Canada relations by Friday, January 30, 2009. Compositions should be in the form of a piece that could be published or broadcast in the Canadian media. The winners will be invited on a one-week study tour to Europe, which includes a visit to the EU institutions in Brussels, paid for by the European Commission. Prior to the trip the winners will be invited to an award ceremony in Ottawa in May 2009, attended by senior journalists, government officials and the diplomatic corps.
In December 2001, the EU diplomatic missions in Ottawa decided to create the EU-Canada Young Journalist Award to recognize outstanding journalistic merit or potential among Canadian students. This competition aims to reinforce links between the people of the European Union and Canada, and to promote awareness of the European Union among a new generation of Canadian students and journalists.
The winners are selected by an independent jury, which in the past has included Mr. Paul Wells (formerly of the National Post, now with Maclean's magazine), Ms. Manon Globensky and Ms. Emmanuelle Latraverse (Radio-Canada), and academic experts, specializing in journalism or EU affairs.
The Award is open to students in all Canadian universities and higher education establishments. In order to be eligible, students must be:
- enrolled in a Canadian university or other higher education establishment, and
Students are encouraged to prepare their entries as if they were intended to be published in Canada in a newspaper or magazine, or broadcast on TV or radio. Compositions in the style of an editorial, opinion or comment piece are also acceptable. Submissions should be prepared with a Canadian audience in mind. The jury will pay particular attention to journalistic qualities and potential, including rigorous research and factual accuracy.
The closing date for applications is Friday, 30 January 2009 (postmark). In addition to the abovementioned composition (in either English or French), applications must comprise:
1. The student's résumé (curriculum vitae).
2. A letter of motivation clearly outlining the reasons for applying and the anticipated benefits to be derived from participation in the study trip, with particular reference to the student's future career objectives.
3. Letter of reference or official administrative document issued by the university or college, verifying student status and enrolment.
4. Proof of Canadian citizenship or landed immigrant status.
Please note that incomplete applications, i.e. applications not containing a journalistic composition accompanied by ALL FOUR of the above documents, will not be considered.
Applications are to be sent to:
Delegation of the European Commission to Canada
In addition to sending a hard copy to the above address, the written composition must also be sent by e-mail to the following address: email@example.com
For audio-visual entries (CD, DVD, audio- or video cassette), please submit six copies by mail with the application, so that they can be distributed to the members of the jury.
Final selection by a Jury:
The Jury will meet in February or March 2009 to select the best pieces received by the closing date. The jury will consist of five members. Two jurors will be practising Canadian journalists, or other Canadians active in media circles. One juror will be a Canadian academic with expertise in the field of journalism or European Union studies. The other two jurors will be representatives of EU missions in Ottawa.
The decisions of the Jury will be final. The three winners will be notified directly.
On their return from Europe the winners are to submit to the European Commission Delegation in Ottawa a brief evaluation of their study trip to Brussels.
Comments by previous winners of the EU-Canada Young Journalist Award:
“We got to meet people working in every organ/branch of the European Union. We also met a few journalists who gave us another point of view on the EU, a more critical, an 'outside' view.”
Rachelle McDuff - 2006
“One the most intense learning experiences of my life.”
Brian Innes - 2006
“We were able to watch the Belgian Prime Minister give a speech and address the parliament on the future of the European Union. It felt like a very important moment in European Union history and it was amazing to be able to be there to watch it live.”
Danny Glenwright - 2006
“…the trip for me was in one word: invaluable.”
Sarah Toom - 2005
“ L'expérience vécue ...... confirme que le terrain demeure le meilleur outil du journaliste. Avoir la chance d'aller sur place, de ressentir l'ambiance des lieux, de découvrir l'environnement de travail des gens qui oeuvrent au sein de l'Union européenne, est irremplaçable. Je me sens extrêmement privilégiée d'avoir participé à ce programme. Pour résumer ce voyage en un seul mot: réussite. ”
Julie Brunet - 2005
“I had a wonderful time in Brussels. I learned more than you can possibly imagine about the EU while eating excellent food and drinking tasty beer in a beautiful city. It was truly business mixed with pleasure.”
Heather Thompson, June 22, 2004.
“I want to thank …. the European Commission Delegation to Canada for giving me the opportunity to participate in the study tour. It was very refreshing to hear European perspectives on journalism and current affairs, and it was also a welcome wake-up call about Canada's position vis-à-vis Europe. I made several contacts …. and expect to use them in the future.”
Corinne Smith, July 25, 2003.
“The first part of the trip, which took place in Maastricht, was particularly interesting. [...] The topics of the sessions which dealt with the media in times of conflict allowed me to understand better the realities of this world and the obstacles which journalists must overcome each day.”
Mélanie Loisel, 16 July 2003.
If you require further information, please contact:
Roy Christensen, Press Officer
Delegation of the European Commission to Canada
Telephone (613) 238-6464; fax (613) 238-5191