EU-Canada Young Journalist Award

The European Union is pleased to announce the 2012 EU-Canada Young Journalist Award

Brussels, the home of the European Union’s institutions, is host to the largest permanent press corps in the world. By writing or recording a story about the European Union or EU-Canada relations, you could win a trip to Europe and meet the press corps in Brussels, the city at the heart of the EU’s decision-making machinery.

Canadian students are invited to submit a composition on a current issue facing the European Union or EU-Canada relations by Friday, 27 January 2012. Compositions should be in the form of a piece that could be published or broadcast in the Canadian media. The winners will be invited on a one-week study tour to Europe, which includes a visit to the EU institutions in Brussels, paid for by the European Union. Prior to the trip the winners will be invited to an awards ceremony in Ottawa in May 2012, attended by senior journalists, government officials and the diplomatic corps.

The Award
In December 2001, the EU diplomatic missions in Ottawa decided to create the EU-Canada Young Journalist Award to recognize outstanding journalistic merit or potential among Canadian students. This competition aims to reinforce links between the people of the European Union and Canada, and to promote awareness of the European Union among a new generation of Canadian students and journalists.The winners are selected by an independent jury, which in the past has included Mr. Paul Wells (Maclean’s magazine), Ms. Manon Globensky and Ms. Emmanuelle Latraverse (Radio-Canada), and academic experts, specializing in journalism or EU affairs.

The Award is open to students in all Canadian universities and higher education establishments. In order to be eligible, students must be:

– enrolled in a Canadian university or other higher education establishment, and
– a Canadian citizen or permanent resident.

How to apply:
Applicants are invited to make a submission focusing on a current issue facing the European Union or EU-Canada relations. In terms of format, the work may be either written (a news story of maximum 1,000 words) or audiovisual (a report of up to 90 seconds duration).

Students are encouraged to prepare their entries as if they were intended to be published in Canada in a newspaper or magazine, or broadcast on TV or radio. Submissions should be prepared with a Canadian audience in mind. The jury will pay particular attention to journalistic qualities and potential, including rigorous research and factual accuracy.

The closing date for applications is Friday, 27 January 2012 (postmark). In addition to the abovementioned composition (in either English or French), applications must comprise:

1. The student’s résumé (curriculum vitae).

2. A letter of motivation clearly outlining the reasons for applying and the anticipated benefits to be derived from participation in the study trip, with particular reference to the student’s future career objectives.

3. Letter of reference or official administrative document issued by the university or college, verifying student status and enrolment.

4. Proof of Canadian citizenship or landed immigrant status.

Please note that incomplete applications, i.e. applications not containing a journalistic composition accompanied by ALL FOUR of the above documents, will not be considered.

Applications are to be sent to:
Delegation of the European Union to Canada
Ms. Elaine Larsen
Ref.: EU-Canada Young Journalist Award
150 Metcalfe Street, Suite 1900
Ottawa, Ontario K2P 1P1

In addition to sending a hard copy to the above address, the written composition must also be sent by e-mail to the following address:

For audio-visual entries (CD, DVD, audio or video cassette), please submit six copies by mail with the application, so that they can be distributed to the members of the jury.

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