EU Health Prize for Journalists!

Yesterday 3rd May 2012, European Commissioner for Health and Consumer Policy, John Dalli, has launched the fourth EU Health Prize for Journalists!

The prize aims to stimulate and reward high-quality journalism that raises awareness of healthcare and patients’ rights issues. Participants 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).

Journalists are invited to submit articles on:
Europe for Patients campaign. These are pharmaceuticals, cross-border healthcare, rare diseases, health workforce, patient safety, organ donation and transplantation, cancer, vaccination, prudent use of antibiotics, mental health, and Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias;
Active and healthy ageing, in light of the European Year for active ageing and solidarity between generations 2012;
Special prize topic: Smoking cessation.

The winners will receive cash prizes of 6.000 € for first place, 2.500 € for second, 1.500 € for third and 3.000 € will be awarded to the winner of this year’s special prize. All national finalists will be invited to Brussels in autumn 2010 to participate in a media seminar on EU health issues.

The EU health prize for journalists and the Europe for Patients Campaign are funded under the Second Community Health Programme 2008-2013.

Further information about the rules and conditions, as well as information on how the winners are selected, or the deadline come when the competition’s website will be updated.