EU Health Prize for Journalists 2012
22.06.2012 The European Commission is proud to present the fourth edition of the EU Health Prize for Journalists. It is awarded to stimulate high-quality journalism that raises awareness of issues related to healthcare and patients' rights. The prize highlights health policy initiatives contained in the "Europe for Patients" campaign.
This year, at the occasion of the European Year for Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations, the prize welcomes a new health topic for the competition: active and healthy ageing. This issue is of the highest importance and is a societal challenge shared by all European countries. It is also a major priority for the European Commission.
Also, the 2012 edition will go on supporting the fight against one of the major threats for the health of EU citizens through a special prize on smoking cessation, created in 2011.
Journalists are invited to submit their articles published in print or online media in any EU Member State between 25 July 2011 and 31 July 2012. The articles must relate to one of the 13 health topics (listed in the rules). Submissions are open until 31 July 2012. Please read carefully the rules of the prize.
There is one finalist per EU country. All national finalists are invited to Brussels for the award ceremony to receive prizes with a value of:
1st prize: € 6 000
2nd prize: € 2 500
3rd prize: € 1 500
The special prize for articles on "smoking cessation" is € 3 000.
The EU Health Prize for Journalists is funded under the second Community Health Programme 2008-13.
The first EU Health Prize for Journalists was awarded in 2009. The winners of the past editions are:
2011: Ben Hirschler and Kate Kelland (United Kingdom), with an article on antimicrobial resistance "When the drugs don't work ", published by Reuters.
2010: Gianluca Ferraris and Ilaria Molinari (Italy), with an article on stem cells "Stealing hope ", published in Panorama.
2009: Estelle Saget (France), with the article "Schizophrenia explained to family and friends ", published in L'Express.
The European Commission wishes good luck to all candidates