The 2019 edition of the Migration Media Award, funded by the European Union, will reward constructive journalism, reflected through human interest and analytical stories, resulting from time-intensive, un-sensationalistic, in-depth reporting and contributing to balance the narrative on migration, making it more evidence based, nuanced and less polarising.
In April/May 2019, a Jury will select up to 60 applicant journalists to receive mentoring and funding from 750 to 7000 euros for the production of a second story by October 15, 2019. Among these, in November 2019, the Jury will select up to 48 recipients of the 1st, 2nd, 3rd prizes of the Migration Media Award in the 6 media formats and 3 language categories.
Journalists or media houses based in either EU countries or Neighbourhood South Countries are eligible to apply via the online application form by submitting an already published journalistic story between 15 May 2018 and 15th April 2019 along with a proposal for a second production. Both productions, actual and intended, need to address one or more of the following themes in the Euro Mediterranean region:
Legal and irregular migration
The entry must be submitted in one of the 3 languages of the Award scheme: English, French or Arabic. Stories in other languages from the Euro Mediterranean region must be accompanied by a translation into either English, French or Arabic.
Multiple entries are accepted in separate and complete applications in the following formats: video, radio, print, online, multimedia and photo.
Mid to long length formats are requested and therefore short news items will not be eligible.
A budget to produce the second story must be submitted along with copyright waiver and a letter of intent from a media outlet to publish it.
The MMA rewarded over 35 stories in 2017 and 41 in 2018 showcasing journalistic excellence on migration in the Euro-Mediterranean region.
Please note that candidates may not submit a story already supported by the MMA 2017 and 2018.
This award is a collaboration of the Directorate-General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations (DG NEAR) funded programs Euromed Migration IV implemented by the International Center for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD) and the Open Media Hub led by the Thomson Foundation, in partnership with the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Malta and the European Asylum Support Office (EASO), and with the support of the European Investment Bank (EIB).
The EIB Group has stepped up its level of precaution at its headquarters in Luxembourg and in its external offices. All staff will telework as of 16 March. A small number of staff whose physical presence on EIB premises is indispensable will continue to be present on the EIB campus. The decision aims to protect the health of employees and ensure the continuity of the EIB Group’s activity.
On Wednesday the EIB identified its first case of one staff member who tested positive for corona virus.
As a precautionary measure, the EIB decided not to hold the meeting of its Board of Directors planned for Thursday 12 March in person. Decisions on the Board’s agenda will be taken by written procedure. The Bank has put in place measures to prevent disruption to its governance or operation approval schedule.
On Monday 2 March, the former President of the European Council, Donald Tusk, visited the EIB in Luxembourg on a joint invitation from the Bank, the European Stability Mechanism (ESM) and the Court of Auditors.