The European Commission invites applications for the 2020 Lorenzo Natali Media Prize for journalists from all over the world for their outstanding works on development.
The overarching theme of the Lorenzo Natali Media Prize is journalism for sustainable development. Entries to 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 digital, etc.
The Lorenzo Natali Media Prize was launched in 1992 to recognise and celebrate excellence in reporting on sustainable development issues. The Prize also gives a voice to those whose vital message is often overlooked or ignored. It was created by DG DEVCO, and named after Lorenzo Natali, a precursor of European development policy.

Worth of Award

  • There will be up to three winners. Categories will not be awarded if the quality is not met. Each winner will receive 10,000€.
  • The winner of the Best Emerging Journalist category will also be offered a work
    experience opportunity with a media partner.
  • The winners will be invited to participate in the Award Ceremony to be held in Brussels on 9-10 June 2020. The European Commission will cover the cost of their travels. In the case of jointly authored or produced items, please note that only one person will be sponsored to join the Award Ceremony.

Eligibility

The contest will be open to all journalists whose HQ media is based in one of these regions:

  • Africa
  • Arab World and the Middle East
  • Asia and the Pacific
  • Latin America and the Caribbean
  • Europe
  • 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.
  • English, French and Spanish are the official languages of the Prize. However, we accept all languages as long as a translation in English, French or Spanish is provided. The entries will be evaluated on the basis of translated texts.
  • For text-based entries, the length limit is 2,300 words. Video and audio entries can be up to 10 minutes long.
  • Geographic eligibility is based on the location of the media outlet where the reporting was published. The outlet’s office must be based in an eligible country. For example, reporting published in Reuters India is eligible, while reporting published in Reuters USA is not.
  • For the 2020 Lorenzo Natali Media Prize, entries published in a UK-based outlet are eligible if published between 10 March 2019 and 31 January 2020.

How to Apply

  • The applicants can only submit their applications via the online form.
  • Submitted journalistic works can either have one or several authors.
  • Postal and email application will not be considered.

The applicants must choose one of these categories when filling in the application form. The Prize is open to journalists in the following three categories:

  • Grand Prize: reporting published by a media-based in one of the European Union’s partner countries on development and cooperation.
  • Europe Prize: reporting published by a media based in the European Union*.
  • Best Emerging Journalist Prize: open to journalists under 30 whose reporting was published by a media based in the European Union* or in one of its partner countries on development and cooperation.

*For the 2020 Lorenzo Natali Media Prize, entries published in a UK-based outlet are eligible if published between 10 March 2019 and 31 January 2020.

Deadline: Applications are open between 10 February and March 15, 2020, 23:59 CET.

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