EU-Canada Young Journalist Award 2013
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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 2013 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 Monday, 11 February 2013. 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 Union. Prior to the trip the winners will be invited to an awards ceremony in Ottawa in May 2013, 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 (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 post-secondary establishments. In order to be eligible, students must be:
- actively 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. 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 Monday, 11 February 2013 (postmark). In addition to the above-mentioned 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. Official administrative document issued by the university or college, verifying student status and enrolment.
4. Letter of reference
5. Proof of Canadian citizenship or landed immigrant status.
Please note that incomplete applications, i.e. applications not containing a journalistic composition accompanied by ALL FIVE of the above documents, will not be considered.
Applications are to be sent by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org OR by mail to:
Delegation of the European Union to Canada
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 March 2013 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 Union Delegation in Ottawa a brief evaluation of their study trip to Brussels.
"The meetings with the Commission and the EEAS were intimate and in-depth, with a lot of opportunities for us to ask questions. Although everything was off the record, our hosts treated us as serious journalists – a novelty when you’re still studying journalism at school. Our meetings with the journalists themselves were in even more depth, and definite highlights. We spent time in the Agence France-Press newsroom as well as the BBC bureau. I had a full summer’s worth of experiences, all as a result of the award and study trip. I really can’t say thank you enough."
“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.”
If you require further information, please contact:
Diodora Bucur, Press Officer
Delegation of the European Union to Canada
Telephone (613) 238-6464; fax (613) 238-5191