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29/03/2010 00:00:00

The second EU health prize for journalists has been launched by the European Commission to help stimulate high-quality journalism which raises awareness of healthcare and patients' rights issues.

Journalists are invited to submit articles which have been published in print or on-line between 16 June 2009 and 1 July 2010. The competition closes at midnight on 1 July 2010.

The overall winner will receive a cash prize of 5,000 euros (£4,405), with 3,000 euro (£2,643) awarded for second place and 2,000 euro (£1,762) for third place.

Last year's first place winner was Estelle Saget (France) with an article titled "Schizophrenia explained to family and friends" , published in "L'Express". Audrė Srėbalienė (Lithuania) won second prize with her article "Blood sister" , published in "Savaitinis zurnalas" and Emilia Chiscop (Romania) won third prize with the article "Moving tale of will and courage" , published in "Ziarul de Iaşi".

Dan Roberts was the UK national finalist for his article "Why I'll never eat a fry-up again ", which was published in The Independent, August 2008.

Finalists from each EU member state will be selected by a national jury composed of journalists and public health experts and chaired by the European Commission. Three EU level winners from among the 27 finalists will be chosen by an EU jury.

National finalists will be invited to Brussels in the Autumn this year to participate in a media seminar on EU health issues.

To submit an article and find out more about the prize please visit: http://ec.europa.eu/health-eu/journalist_prize/2010/index_en.htm

    Background

    The EU health prize for journalists is part of the Europe for Patients campaign, focussing on 11 health policy initiatives, and funded under the second Community Health Programme 2008-2013.  The inaugural health prize launched in 2009 attracted more than 460 articles from across the EU.

     

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

    Please note: all amounts expressed in sterling are for information purposes only.

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