Brussels, 14 June 2013
Commission launches the 2013 EU Health Prize for Journalists
Today, the virtual doors swing open to journalists from across the EU wishing to participate in the annual EU Health Prize for Journalists. Winners can pick up EU-wide recognition and cash prizes for excellence in health journalism, by submitting their articles on line until 30 September 2013. The journalist prize, now in its fifth run, aims to stimulate and award high quality journalism that raises awareness about good health, healthcare and patients' rights. The Prize is now open to 28 European countries, in view of Croatia's accession on 1 July.
Health Commissioner, Tonio Borg, said: "Journalists have a key role to play in communicating health messages to Europeans. Whether it's on staying healthy, on patients' rights or on how to navigate the health system journalists are well placed to inform citizens. That is why EU health journalists are invited, for the fifth year running, to 'Be a Winner in the EU Health Prize for Journalists'".
The themes of this year's prize are preventing illness, healthcare, health systems and patients' rights. The specific topics are:
Awards will be given for first, second and third place, with prizes of €6,500, €4,000 and €2,500 respectively.
Selecting and awarding the winners
In each EU country, a national jury composed of journalists and public health experts, chaired by the European Commission, will select one national finalist. An EU jury will then select three EU level winners among the 28 finalists. The 28 finalists will be invited to Brussels at the beginning of 2014 for the award giving.
To submit an article and for more information, please visit the dedicated website:
Commissioner Borg's website:
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