Commission opens registration for the 3rd EU Health Prize for Journalists

The European Commission has open the registration period for the 3rd  EU Health Prize for Journalists. This prize aims to raise awareness on health issues by showcasing the talents of the best health journalists from across the 27 Member States. Under the same theme than the previous two prizes 'Europe for Patients', this year the Prize also includes the topic of pharmaceuticals.

This year, the third edition of the EU Health Prize for Journalists also includes Commission's initiatives in the realm of pharmaceuticals, which have been added to the issues covered by the competition, such as cross-border healthcare, research and treatment in rare diseases, health workforce, patient safety, organ donation and transplantation, cancer, flu vaccination, prudent use of antibiotics, mental health, Alzheimer's disease and other dementias and childhood vaccination. Furthermore, this edition also includes a special prize of 3.000 euro that will be awarded for an article highlighting the dangers of tobacco for human health.

The focus given to articles competing for the EU Health Prize for Journalists should always be on the patient. From over 700 journalists from across the EU who have participated in this Health prize so far, all articles show how health issues affects Europeans every day lives.

Rules for EU Health Prize for Journalists

  • Participants to the competition must be nationals or residents of one of the 27 EU Member States and aged 18 or over.
  • A maximum of 2 articles can be submitted per participant and team submissions are accepted as long as the team does not exceed 5 people.
  • All articles must be in one of the official languages of the EU and have been originally published in either a print or online media outlet.
  • The maximum length of the article should not exceed 20 000 characters (including spaces).

In each Member State, 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 and the special prize winner among the 27 finalists. The 27 finalists will be invited to Brussels at the beginning of 2012 for a media seminar on EU health issues, to be followed by an award ceremony.

The winner of the 1st EU Health Prize for Journalists was French journalist Estelle Saget, with her article "Schizophrenia explained to family and friends" printed in 'L'Express'. In 2010, a team of two Italian journalists, Gianluca Ferraris and Ilaria Molinari, writing for 'Panorama', won first place in the 2nd EU Health Prize for Journalists. Their article "Stealing Hope" drew attention to "healing clinics" that offer expensive, but unproven, therapies to vulnerable patients suffering from chronic diseases.

The EU health prize for journalists and the Europe for Patients Campaign are funded under the Second Community Health Programme 2008-2013. Further details on the rules and conditions are available on the website.