The English version is the original and legally binding.
1. Participants, articles and submission
1. Participants to the competition must be nationals or residents of one of the 27 EU Member States and professional journalists (authors must be registered journalists, or submitted articles must be published in a journalistic style in reputable publications). Publicity pieces or academic papers will not be accepted.
2. Participants must be aged 18 or older.
3. Each participant may submit up to 2 articles. Articles may have been published either individually or in a series of articles.
4. Articles shall pertain to one or several issues covered by the Europe for Patients campaign: cross-border healthcare, rare diseases, health workforce, patient safety, organ donation and transplantation, cancer, vaccination (flu vaccination and childhood vaccination), prudent use of antibiotics, mental health, Alzheimer's disease and other dementias, pharmaceuticals or active and healthy ageing. A special prize will be awarded for the best article on "smoking cessation".
5. Each article must be submitted individually using a fully completed online submission form.
6. All articles must have been originally published within the European Union in either a periodical print or online media outlet (at least 4 issues per year), including publications of individual companies, associations or universities, foundations etc. Articles must be available to the general public, either subject to a charge or free of charge - articles published only in internal newsletters (e.g. company's or association's internal newsletter for staff) are not eligible.
7. Each article must have been published between 25 July 2011 and 31 July 2012. Participants may be asked to provide proof that the article has been published.
8. Articles must be written in one of the official languages of the EU.
9. Articles must be at least 3,800 characters in length (without spaces) but shall not exceed 20,000 characters.
10. The main editorial office of the publication in which the article was published must be based in one of the 27 EU Member States. The article will compete for the country in which it was published.
11. Team submissions will be accepted provided that all team members are listed on the submission form and that the team does not exceed 5 people.
12. Persons other than the author may submit an article with the consent of the author, if all competition rules are met.
13. The submission deadline is 31 July 2012 (12 pm CET).
14. In submitting an article, the participant accepts that he or she has read and understood the competition rules.
15. After submitting an article, participants will receive an automatic confirmation by e-mail. Only after this confirmation you are considered a participant. There will be no individual e-mail confirmation regarding the eligibility of the submitted articles.
16. Submitted articles are not returned.
17. The European Commission reserves the right to reject any submission that does not comply with the requirements of the competition.
18. The European Commission reserves the right to use articles (including photographs and illustrations) entered in the competition in publicity materials and with the media, as well as for articles to be reproduced in any form for the purpose of promoting the Prize and the “Europe for Patients” campaign.
19. The articles of the national nominees will be translated into English and published on the European Commission websites together with the names, photos and CVs of the nominees.
20. All persons working for the European Commission, the organisers or the juries of the EU Health Prize for Journalists, as well as their family members, are excluded from participating in the competition.
21. All decisions made by the jury, whether at national or at EU level, are final.
2. Assessment criteria
Jury members will assess articles based on the following evaluation criteria:
• Newsworthiness and relevance of its content to the general public
• Ability to engage and hold the reader’s interest
• Independence, objectivity and respect for journalistic ethics
• Originality (e.g. choice of subject matter, treatment of the subject, viewpoint taken…)
• Investigative depth: research required collecting information, resources used and effort taken in the work’s preparation
• Quality of writing – language, readability and structure
• Content of the article: it must be relevant to health or health policy issues, handling one or several issues covered by the Europe for Patients campaign.
3. Juries and award by the European Commission
The European Commission shall award the prizes on the basis of a proposal from the EU jury and a pre-selection made by national juries which have an advisory role.
– National Jury
In each EU Member State an independent jury will evaluate the articles and choose one national nominee. This jury is made up of national experts in public health issues and well-known journalists. The chair of the jury will be the head of the Permanent Representation of the European Commission or his/her delegate.
– EU Jury
The Prize to the European winner and two runners-up will be awarded by the Commission advised by a jury made up of EU officials, experts in the field of European public health and well-known journalists and chaired by a high-ranking official of the European Commission.
The list of jury members will be available on this website after the jury meetings.
The winner of the European competition and the two runners-up will 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" amounts to € 3 000.
5. Award ceremony
All the national nominees will be invited to the award ceremony and a seminar tailored to meet journalistic interests.
The work of the award winners and nominees will be published in English on this website.
6. Privacy statement
We will record and further process your personal details to the extent that they are necessary for the follow-up of your participation in this competition.
Your data will be handled in accordance with Regulation (EC) N° 45/2001 on the protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data by Community institutions and bodies and on the free movement of such data.
Your data are recorded and stored as long as follow-up actions are needed in the context of your participation.
For transparency purposes, the contributions, including your name and position in your organisation may be communicated to the public.
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