The Central European Initiative (CEI) has traditionally paid particular attention to the area of information and media and encouraged the role of independent media in its Member States. In view of the difficult conditions under which journalists are frequently exercising their profession, in 2008 the CEI, in cooperation with the Vienna-based South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO), has launched the CEI Award for Outstanding Merits in Journalism, with a focus on investigative journalism. Following the positive outcomes of the edition 2008, the CEI and SEEMO are now launching the Call for Proposals 2009.
Criteria for admission
The Award is open to nationals of 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) who have acquired in the last three years special merits in investigative journalism and who are still active in journalism. The competing journalists should be nominated by individuals/organisations/media companies. Self nominations are not allowed. All media are accepted: print, broadcast, news agency or Internet.
The winning candidate will receive an award of 5.000 EUR, offered by the CEI Executive Secretariat, on the occasion of the CEI Journalists’ Forum to be held in Poland in September 2009. The winner will be invited to attend the Forum and his/her participation expenses will be covered by the CEI.
Composition of the jury The International Jury will be composed of distinguished journalists coming from the CEI region. Amb Pietro Ercole Ago, Secretary General of the CEI Executive Secretariat, Mr Oliver Vujovic, Secretary General of SEEMO and Mr Hari Stajner (CEI expert in media issues) will act as advisers.
Composition of the jury
The International Jury is made up of distinguished journalists and media experts coming from the CEI region.
Amb. Gerhard Pfanzelter, CEI Secretary General, Mr. Oliver Vujovic, SEEMO Secretary General, and Ms. Barbara Fabro, CEI Senior Executive Officer, will act as advisers.
Terms of participation
Applications should include the following documentation: 1. Filled in Application Form 2. Relevant supporting material (e.g. summary of the presentations of the candidate’s merits; Curriculum Vitae of the candidate; details of the media which published / broadcasted the reports).
Applications should be submitted by regular mail or e-mail within 1 September 2011 to:
Ms. Barbara Fabro, Senior Executive Officer CEI Secretariat Via Genova, 9 – 34121 Trieste, Italy Tel. +39 040 77 86 777/725 – Fax +39 040 36 06 40 firstname.lastname@example.org