CEI SEEMO Award for Outstanding Merits in Investigative Journalism

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS 2014
The Central European Initiative (CEI) and the South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO), in special partnership with the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS), have opened the Call for Applications 2014 of the CEI SEEMO Award for Outstanding Merits in Investigative Journalism. The Call is divided into two sections:
SECTION 1 – PROFESSIONAL JOURNALISTS – AWARD 4.000 EUR
SECTION 2 – YOUNG PROFESSIONAL JOURNALISTS (up to 30 years) – AWARD 1.000 EUR
The Award aims to honour the work carried out by investigative journalists and their contribution to investigative reporting despite the difficult conditions under which they often have to operate.
Applications will be examined by an international jury made up of distinguished journalists and media experts from the region, also including some of the winners of previous editions of the award.
The awarding ceremony will take place during the South East Europe Media Forum (SEEMF), which will be held in Skopje, Macedonia, on16-17 October 2014.

CRITERIA FOR ADMISSION
Eligibility
The Call is open to nationals of all 18 CEI Member States: Albania, Austria, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Italy, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia and Ukraine.
Print, Radio, TV and Internet media are admitted.
As for Section 1, candidates should have been actively engaged in investigative reporting over the last two years and should still be active in journalism. Two pieces of journalistic work will be evaluated.
As for Section 2, candidates should have been involved in investigative reporting even in the context of training activities organised by schools/universities and, as a result, should have published at least one investigative story meeting all professional standards. One piece of journalistic work will be evaluated.
Modalities of submission
Self-nominations are not accepted. Candidates are to be nominated by deserved individuals, journalism and media organisations, media companies, civil society organisations, journalism schools or universities, trade unions or other social organisations from the target countries. The nominator should write a letter of recommendation and inform the nominee in order to make sure to provide all necessary documents for the application.
Documentation to be provided (all in digital form)
1. Filled-in Application Form (on http://www.cei.int).
2. Curriculum Vitae in English, fulfilling topical standards, e.g. according to the Europass format (PDF file).
3. Summary in English of the candidate’s work and merits during the two years prior to the deadline of this Call, including details of the media that published / broadcasted the reports (1-2 pages, PDF file).
4. The complete piece(s) of journalistic work to be submitted for the application (two in Section 1, one in Section 2). In case of print media, a scan or PDF file of the original publication is required. In case of Radio and TV, both an audio/video file and a script or scenario should be sent (download links accepted). In case of Internet media, a PDF printout of the publication is required. Material prepared in local languages should be accompanied by a translation or significant synopsis in English.

CRITERIA FOR SELECTION
The jury will take into account the relevance of the matters covered by the reports, which should have a focus on the target countries, as well as the quality of reporting in terms of documentation, data, writing and production. The personal risks taken while performing the duties as well as the impact on society of the messages conveyed will also be evaluated.

CLOSING DATE
Applications must be submitted by e-mail by Friday, 30 May 2014 (23.59 CEST) to press@cei.int .
All supporting material has to be sent in digital form. The nominator and the nominee ensure the compatibility of the files with current IT systems. Therefore, universal file formats like PDF are preferred.

PAST AWARD RECIPIENTS
2008 Drago Hedl (Croatia)
2009 Besar Likmeta (Albania) – Special mention to Esad Hecimovic (Bosnia and Herzegovina) and Stefan Candea (Romania)
2010 Adrian Mogoş (Romania) – Special mention to Iryna Khalip (Belarus) and Lydia Pavlova (Bulgaria)
2011 Włodzmierz Kalicki (Poland) – Special investigative journalism diploma to Artan Hoxha (Albania), Dijana Subotički (Serbia) and to Matej Surcand / Blaz Zgaga (Slovenia)
2012 Matej Surc and Blaz Zgaga (Slovenia) – Special investigative diploma to Telnis Skuqi (Albania) and special mention to CIN Sarajevo
2013 Mahir Šahinović (Bosnia and Herzegovina) and Rosen Tsvetkov (Bulgaria) – Special mention to Investigative Reporting Project Italy (IRPI)
ORGANISING INSTITUTIONS
Central European Initiative – CEI
The CEI is the largest and oldest forum of regional cooperation in Central, Eastern and South Eastern Europe. The CEI is committed to supporting European integration through cooperation between and among its 18 Member States and with the European Union (EU), other interested public institutions or private and non-governmental organisations (NGOs), as well as international and regional organisations. In order to offer a solid contribution to European integration the CEI combines multilateral diplomacy and project management, both as donor and recipient, while also bridging European macro-regions. Cooperation in the field of media stands among CEI’s priorities. Initiatives are promoted to encourage experience sharing and awareness raising with the aim to endorse media pluralism, transparency and independence.
For more information: http://www.cei.int
South East Europe Media Organisation – SEEMO
The SEEMO, affiliate of IPI, is a regional non-governmental, non-profit network of editors, media executives and leading journalists from newspapers, magazines, radio and TV stations, news agencies and news media in South East and Central Europe. With its committees, the SEEMO aims to create a bridge between international media activities and the media developments in the region. One of SEEMO’s main activities is protecting press freedom by helping journalists and media outlets in South East and Central Europe. Over 60 percent of SEEMO’s press releases and letters of protest to governmental and other officials have had positive results. The SEEMO works in cooperation with the International Academy – International Media Center (IA-IMC) and the South East and Central Europe PR Organisation (SECEPRO).
For more information: http://www.seemo.org
Konrad Adenauer Stiftung – KAS
With 80 offices and projects in more than 100 countries worldwide, the KAS contributes to promoting democracy, the rule of law and social market economy. An essential part of this work is the promotion of free and independent media and the support of professional and ethical media coverage.
The Media Program South East Europe, established in 2007, is part of the global media programme of the KAS. It concentrates its efforts in this field in three main directions – education and trainings for journalists, who recognise their social, political, informational and watch-dog role; media policy and media ethics for an independent and multifaceted media landscape; and a professional and value oriented political communication serving for a better understanding between citizens, politicians and civil society.
For more information: http://www.kas.de/medien-europa/en/

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