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EU rewards quality reporting on migration

Verantwortlicher Autor: Jochen Raffelberg Brussels, 16.03.2019, 17:23 Uhr
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Brussels [ENA] The annual Migration Media Award (MMA) sponsored by the European Union is open for applications until 31st March. Its 2019 edition will reward published stories resulting from “un-sensationalistic” reporting and contributing to balance the narrative on migration as evidence based and less polarizing, the EU said. Winners get a contract to produce a new story with funding amounting up to €7,000.

The awards will consist of six categories: video, radio, online, print, multimedia and photo. In April/May, a Jury will select up to 60 applicant journalists to receive mentoring and funding from €750 to €7,000 for the production of a second story by October 15. Among these the Jury will select up to 48 recipients of the 1st, 2nd and 3rd MMA prizes. Private and official sector journalists and media houses, freelancers and journalism students based in either EU countries or Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestine, Syria, Tunisia can submit a journalistic story published between 15 May 2018 and 31st March 2019 along with a proposal for a second production. Candidates supported by a previous MMA are not eligible.

While the first two competition attracted many dramatic stories focusing on refugees and irregular immigration, this year’s MMA will focus on topics related to Diaspora (including identity, integration, returnees); Labor migration; Vulnerable groups (support of victims, human trafficking, torture victims, minors, women, elders) as well as Legal and irregular migration (asylum procedures, refugee rights, border management and security, voluntary returns et al). The organizers say they will only accept entries on migration topics within the Euro-Mediterranean region. A budget for the second story, a copyright waiver and a letter of intent from a media outlet to publish it must accompany the submission (www.migration-media-award.eu).

The EU is justifying the MMA with the “dramatically negative” turn the discourse on migration had taken thus demanding a review of how migration information was gathered, shared and disseminated. By creating and running the MMA, implementers had put a focus on migration, its challenges, opportunities and perception. “The objective is to reward outstanding pieces of journalistic work on migration-related challenges in the Euro-Mediterranean area, by which the partners of the award recognize the important role, which media plays when it comes to ‘communicating migration’,” the EU said. For its first edition in 2017, the MMA rewarded 35 journalists, and 41 in the following year.

According to the MMA organizers that include various EU institutions, the European Investment Bank and the Open Media Hub led by the Thomson Foundation, video productions under the competition will receive between €1,500 to €7,000 depending on country media market and context, and complexity of the 2nd production. Multimedia production will receive between €1,000 and €2,500; online, radio, print and photo production will receive between €750 and €1,500. Once agreed, all award winners will be confirmed and publicly announced.

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