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European Parliament Prize for Journalism 2011

I won it last year – there’s no reason why (if you have a blog on EU affairs) you couldn’t win it this year.

From the press release:

The European Parliament Prize for Journalism will be awarded for the fourth time in 2011 to journalists who have covered major issues at European level or promoted better understanding of EU institutions or policies. Journalists can submit their applications as of Saturday 15 January.

There will be four different categories for the prize: written press, radio, TV and Internet, the winner in each section receiving €5,000.

The deadline for submissions is 31 March 2011. Individuals or teams of up to five people are eligible to contribute articles or reports. The contributions must have been published or broadcast between 1 April 2010 and 31 March 2011 in one of the official languages of the European Union. All entrants must be registered journalists who are nationals or residents of an EU Member State.

Don’t be put off by the idea of being a “registered” journalist. I’m not, and I still got through. (As an aside, the very concept of a “registered journalist” sends a shiver down my spine – redolent of totalitarian times past. Or is that just me?) If you’re a blogger and you’ve been going for a while, that should be enough for them to take you seriously.

More info here: