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Trieste/Vienna/Sofia, 3 April 2017
The Central European Initiative (CEI) and the South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO), in special partnership with the Media Program South East Europe of the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS), have opened the Call for Applications 2017 of the CEI SEEMO Award for Outstanding Merits in Investigative Journalism. The Call is divided into two categories:
PROFESSIONAL JOURNALISTS - 4.000 EUR
YOUNG PROFESSIONAL JOURNALISTS (born on or after 1/1/1987) - 1.000 EUR
The Award aims to honour the work carried out by investigative journalists and their contribution to investigative reporting despite the difficult conditions under which they often have to operate.
Applications will be examined by an international jury made up of distinguished journalists and media experts from the region, which may also include winners of previous editions of the Award.
The awarding ceremony will take place during the South East Europe Media Forum (SEEMF) in Sofia, Bulgaria, on 27-28 November 2017.
The Call is open to nationals of the 18 CEI Member States: Albania, Austria, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Italy, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia and Ukraine.
Print, Radio, TV, news agencies and Internet media are admitted.
For Category 1, candidates should have been actively engaged in investigative reporting over the last two years and should still be active in journalism. Two samples of journalistic work will be relevant for the evaluation by the jury.
For Category 2, candidates should have been actively involved in investigative reporting, even in the context of training activities organised by schools/universities/NGOs and, as a result, should have published at least one investigative story meeting all professional standards. One sample of journalistic work will be relevant for the evaluation by the jury.
Candidates have to be recommended by trustworthy individuals, journalism and media organisations, media companies, civil society organisations, journalism schools or universities, trade unions or other social organisations from the target countries. The nominator should write a recommendation letter and make it available to the nominee/candidate.
The nominees/candidates have to go through an online application procedure and provide all necessary documents for the application in digital form (see details below).
Candidates shall fill in an Online Application Form available here: xxx
The following documents in PDF format shall be uploaded:
1. Curriculum Vitae (personal and professional data sheet according to Europass format or similar);
2. A recommendation letter;
3. Up to three samples of journalistic work in a single PDF document (minimum two samples in Category 1, one sample in Category 2). For online work samples, insert hyperlinks in a PDF document, or print out online articles in a PDF file. Hyperlinks need to be accessible at least until 15 July 2017. In case of audio/video material, please upload the files making use of file-sharing services (e.g. WeTransfer or Dropbox) including a script or scenario.
Material prepared in local languages should be accompanied by a short summary in English.
The jury will take into account the relevance of the matters covered by the reports, which should have a focus on the target countries, as well as the quality of reporting in terms of documentation, data, writing and production. The personal risks taken while performing the duties as well as the impact on society of the messages conveyed will also be evaluated.
PAST AWARD RECIPIENTS
2016: Lindita Çela (Albania) in the section “Professional Journalists”; Artsiom Harbatsevich (Belarus) in the section “Young Professional Journalists” - Special mention to Iurie Sănduță (Moldova)
2015: Aleksandra Bogdani (Albania) in the section “Professional Journalists”; Nadia Burdey (Ukraine) in the section “Young Professional Journalists” - Special mention to Mirko Bošković, Vlado Otašević (Montenegro)
2014: Brankica Stanković (Serbia) in the section “Professional Journalists”; Sadeta Fišić, Jovana Kljajić and Maida Salkanović (Bosnia and Herzegovina) in the section “Young Professional Journalists” – Special mention to Anna Babinets (Ukraine)
2013: Mahir Šahinović (Bosnia and Herzegovina) and Rosen Tsvetkov (Bulgaria) - Special mention to Investigative Reporting Project Italy (IRPI)
2012: Matej Šurc and Blaž Zgaga (Slovenia) - Special investigative diploma to Telnis Skuqi (Albania) and special mention to CIN Sarajevo
2011: Włodzimierz Kalicki (Poland) - Special investigative journalism diploma to Artan Hoxha (Albania), Dijana Subotički (Serbia), Matej Šurc and Blaž Zgaga (Slovenia)
2010: Adrian Mogoş (Romania) - Special mention to Iryna Khalip (Belarus) and Lydia Pavlova (Bulgaria)
2009: Besar Likmeta (Albania) - Special mention to Esad Hećimović (Bosnia and Herzegovina) and Stefan Candea (Romania)
2008: Drago Hedl (Croatia)
Central European Initiative (CEI) - www.cei.int
The CEI is a regional intergovernmental forum committed to supporting European integration through cooperation between and among its Member States and with the European Union, other interested public institutions or private and non-governmental organisations, as well as international and regional organisations. In order to offer a solid contribution to European integration the CEI combines multilateral diplomacy and project management, both as donor and recipient, while also bridging European macro-regions. The CEI, whose Headquarters is located in Trieste, is composed of 18 Member States: 10 EU members (Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia) and 8 non-EU members (Albania, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Serbia, Ukraine). In December 2011, the CEI was granted the Observer Status in the General Assembly of the United Nations.
South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO) - www.seemo.org
The SEEMO is a regional non-governmental, non-profit network of editors, media executives and leading journalists from newspapers, magazines, radio and TV stations, news agencies and news media in South East and Central Europe. With its committees, the SEEMO aims to create a bridge between international media activities and the media developments in the region. One of SEEMO’s main activities is protecting press freedom by helping journalists and media outlets in South East and Central Europe. Over 60 percent of SEEMO’s press releases and letters of protest to governmental and other officials have had positive results. The SEEMO works in cooperation with the International Institute - International Media Center (II-IMC) and the South East and Central Europe PR Organisation (SECEPRO).
Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS) - www.kas.de/medien-europa/en/
With 80 offices and projects in more than 100 countries worldwide, the KAS contributes to promoting democracy, the rule of law and social market economy. An essential part of this work is the promotion of free and independent media and the support of professional and ethical media coverage. The Media Program South East Europe, established in 2007, is part of the global media programme of the KAS. It concentrates its efforts in this field in three main directions – education and trainings for journalists, who recognise their social, political, informational and watch-dog role; media policy and media ethics for an independent and multifaceted media landscape; and a professional and value- oriented political communication serving for a better understanding between citizens, politicians and civil society.
Applications shall be submitted by Wednesday, 31 May 2017 (23.59 CEST).
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Perugia, 5 April 2017
Press freedom in south-east Europe
In the first two months of 2017 the Vienna-based South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO) published more than 35 reactions and protest letters connected to press freedom violations in the SEEMO region. Strong censorship by states, self-censorship, pressure by advertisers, intimidation, threats, physical attacks, journalists in jail, police protection for journalists, but also pressure by business people, politicians and religious groups are part of the daily life of a journalist in south-east and central Europe.
The speakers will be Zrinka Vrabec Mojzes, editor of the weekly Nacional which is famous for revealing corruption in Croatia, Besar Likmeta, an Albanian investigative journalist who was brutally attacked by a member of the Albanian Parliament during an interview, and Ukrainian Anna Babinets, who participated as a journalist in an investigation known as YanukovychLeaks, and also in the Panama Papers project. Barbara Fabro from the Central European Initiative (CEI) will focus on supporting investigative journalism in Central, Eastern and South-Eastern Europe. Moderator: Oliver Vujovic from SEEMO.
Organized in association with SEEMO and CEI.
Hotel Brufani - Sala Raffaello
15:45 - 17:15 Wednesday 5/04/2017
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Pristina, 3-5 May 2017
The event will address the diverse challenges facing contemporary media and journalists and provide a platform for debate and exchange of experiences. It is a multidisciplinary media event designed for students, journalists and public at large. Influential Kosovarian and international media academics, experts and journalists will deliver speeches followed by discussions.
The aim is to discuss the new phenomena arising through the developments of the digital technology and how these phenomena are affecting the work of journalists and the social changes. The focus will be on the challenges that journalists are facing on providing reporting for the digital media by respecting the professional standards. Other topics such as the transition from old to new media in SEE, the political communication, the challenges for civic participation in the public sphere, the media literacy will be dealt from the perspective of the truth and wisdom in journalism.
The discussions will be organized in form of panels of four key note speakers and one moderator. The speakers will deliver a 15-minute presentation and based on those the discussions will be developed. The presentations and the results of the conference will be published in a conference book.
University of Pristina, Faculty of Philology, Small Amphitheater
Mother Teresa Street nn.
10 000 Pristina,
The panel themes:
Panel 1. Journalism credibility and journalism as a reference of political and societal trust?
What is happening with the professional standards in the new made age?
Panel 2: The relationship between journalist and its audience. Is a true dialogue through the digital media possible, and how can it be successful?
Panel 3: The transition of the Media in SEE, from “old” to “new”, the challenges and the strategies for handling the transition.
Panel 4: The activism, clicktivism and/or slacktivism, are the new media fostering or degrading a citizen’s public sphere?
Panel 5: The patterns of political communication in the new media age. What are the challenges for journalism regarding the weaknesses of politics? What are the challenges for politics regarding the weaknesses of structural transformation of the media?
Panel 6: Worlds of journalism. Dealing with the past.
Panel 7: The public television in SEE. The multiple transition, ownership, competition and the content.
Panel 8 Opened for public discussion with the broad public (citizens): Media and young generations. Where are we going are we educating active or virtual citizens. The young generations as targeted public of new media technologies. The need for media literacy.
Panel 9: Migration and Integration through Media.
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Sofia, Bulgaria, 27/28 November 2017