Media spotlight on poverty in Europe


From the Times of Malta – Thursday, 15th April 2010

Under the banner of the 2010 European Year for Combating Poverty and Social Exclusion, the European Commission has launched a competition for journalists reporting on issues related to the chosen themes for this year.

The European Year Journalist Award is open to print, online and audiovisual journalists and prizes will be awarded at national level (€800) and at European level (€4,500, €3,000, and €2,000) for the most original and newsworthy reports. The winners of the Europe-wide competition will be announced at a ceremony to be held in Brussels on December 17.

László Andor, European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion said: “To tackle poverty, we need to give a voice to those who are excluded and we need to understand the causes of poverty. At the same time, we must propose practical solutions that work.”

The competition is open and journalists can submit entries online via the 2010 European Year website until August 31. Articles and audiovisual reports published or aired by a media outlet within the 27 member states, Iceland or Norway between last October 1 and August 31 are eligible.

The journalist competition is one of the main EU-level activities during the European Year and aims to help raise public awareness of the issues surrounding poverty and social exclusion.

Other events in the year include a Europe-wide art contest, major conferences on specific issues such as child poverty and homelessness and a series of events planned around the International Day Against Poverty in October.

For more details of the journalist competition, go to http://www.2010against poverty.eu and/or http://www.2010againstpoverty.eu/journalistaward.

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~ by medipmalta on April 15, 2010.

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