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09/12/2010 00:00:00

The European Year Journalist Award, an EU competition which recognises journalists who have highlighted the issues of poverty and social exclusion, has been awarded to the London Evening Standard’s David Cohen and Sky's Katie Stallard.

David's article came out top in the print/online category for his exposé on how poverty in London has resulted in the unfortunate need for communal graves.  His article used an eye-catching headline to effectively capture the audience’s attention before opening the issue up to cover the wide-ranging topics associated with poverty in London today.

The audiovisual category was awarded to Katie in recognition of her in-depth report on rural poverty and its causes.  "Hidden hardship behind the beauty" was broadcast on 4 January 2010.

Jonathan Scheele, Head of EC Representation in the UK, said:
“The Evening Standard Dispossessed Fund is one of the most successful anti-poverty campaigns to take place, not just in London but across the UK. It not only shows how journalists can help raise awareness of poverty and social exclusion, it also makes an active contribution to the fight against poverty by supporting charities working in this field. I am delighted to say that we will be donating the proceeds of a furniture sale to the Dispossessed Fund.”

Jan Krauss, the European Commission Representative for EY2010 in the UK, added:
“The standard of the entries was extremely high and it was wonderful to see so many journalists raising awareness of issues that sadly affect so many people.”

The overall winner of the Europe-wide competition will be announced at a ceremony to be held in Brussels on 17 December 2010.

The journalist competition is one of the key EU-level activities during the ‘2010 European Year for Combating Poverty and Social Exclusion’ (EY2010) and helps raise public awareness of the issues surrounding poverty and social exclusion.

    Background

    As part of the EY2010 campaign, the European Commission has co-funded events with the UK government organised by leading UK charities including Save the Children, Poverty Alliance and the London Voluntary Sector Training Consortium.

    Other key events in the year have included an art exhibition on poverty in Europe, major conferences on specific issues such as child poverty and homelessness, and a series of events that took place around the recent International Day Against Poverty on 17th October.

    The European Commission Representation in London has recently moved office and is auctioning some pieces of antique furniture at Bonhams in Knightsbridge on 7 December. All proceeds will go to the ES Dispossessed Fund.

    Notes to editors

    2010 European Year for Combating Poverty and Social Exclusion

    Inspired by its founding principle of solidarity, the European Union joined forces with member states to make 2010 the European Year for Combating Poverty and Social Exclusion. The key objectives were to raise public awareness about these issues and renew the political commitment of the EU and member states to combat poverty and social exclusion. The guiding principle of the 2010 Year was to give voice to the concerns of people who have to live with poverty and social exclusion, and to inspire society and every European citizen to engage with these important issues.

    T he Year also sought to challenge stereotypes and collective perceptions of poverty. By harnessing the EU’s principles of solidarity and partnership, 2010 represented a call to tackle the causes of poverty head-on in a bid to ensure everyone can play a full and active role in society.

    Across the EU, civil society, organisations and social partners joined participating countries and the European Commission in running a series of activities throughout 2010.

     

    For more information, please contact the London press office on 020 7973 1971.

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