Journalism for development: European Commission awards 2018 Lorenzo Natali Media Prize
Through this prize the European Commission recognises the dedication of journalists whose work helps to create a better world.
A total of seven journalists from different regions of the world were awarded the Lorenzo Natali Media Prize 2018, including a special prize on eliminating violence against women and girls, during the awards ceremony on 5 June 2018.
Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, Neven Mimica, said: "I am proud to take part in the Lorenzo Natali Media prize today. These journalists go beyond facts and figures to bring us closer to the human stories and the much bigger issues that lie behind. They open our eyes to the struggles of others, putting pressing issues in the spotlight, and ensuring that the international community cannot ignore them. Through their work, they help to create a better world for all, and this Prize thanks them for that."
Every year, the Natali prize rewards outstanding reporting on issues such as poverty eradication, and the economic, social and environmental dimensions of sustainable development, as outlined in the new European Consensus for Development.
The Consensus is an ambitious vision for the EU institutions and Member States' development policy, which calls for better coordination and coherence in support of peace, the planet, people, prosperity and partnerships..
The prize has two categories based on age: 21 to 26 years old, and 27 years plus. For each category there will be a winner from each region: Africa; the Arab World and the Middle East; Asia and the Pacific; Latin America and the Caribbean; and Europe.
A "Grand Winner" will be selected from among the regional winners, and an additional thematic prize will be awarded for work focused on the elimination of violence against women and girls.
Winners will receive their awards at a ceremony during the 2018 European Development Days in Brussels this June.
Journalists were invited to submit their work in any format, i.e. published online, print, radio or TV broadcast. Applications were open from 5 February until 15 March 2018.