“A story can change the way you look at the world.”

As part of its Presidency of the International Association of Press Clubs 2018-2020, the Press Club Brussels Europe launches the “Journalism Award Series”. While international relations might be complex at times, this initiative highlights the constructive attitudes between Europe and other countries or regional entities. 

The idea behind these Journalism Awards is to offer support and encouragement to journalists who often have to work in difficult and precarious conditions. These awards want to encourage journalists who produce quality work and defend the truth, even when their profession is under threat.


Journalists working for European news media can apply. Entries may be submitted by either the journalists or their employers. Eligibles are articles published online, in newspapers or in magazines. Entries accepted are single articles or a series of related articles that will be judged as a unit. When specified, the awards are also open to broadcast media including broadcast TV and radio.

What we expect: 

The criteria will have to respect the basic principles of an objective reportage: fact-checking, precision in reporting quotes and figures, interest in human-based stories which could highlight the importance of understanding between human beings beyond all sorts of borders, real or psychological.

Please submit your work in one of these languages: English, French, German, Spanish, Italian. 

The Kazakhstan-Europe Journalism Award

Positive dynamics in Central Asia have created new opportunities for cooperation between the EU and Kazakhstan. After its recent visit, the President of the European Council, Donald Tusk, expressed the EU’s wishes to deepen cooperation on energy, transport and digital connections with Kazakhstan. In this view, the EU developed a new Central Asia Strategy and announced that the EU-Kazakhstan Enhanced Partnership and Cooperation Agreement will soon be ratified by the EU Member States.

The Kazakhstan-EU Journalism Award will be presented by H.E. Aigul Kuspan. 

Prize: 1000€ award.

Application period: 1 June – 30 July 2019.

Jury composed of: tbc

Ceremony: September 2019.


The Summer in Brussels Journalism Award

As the centre of European culture and institutions, Brussels has much more to offer than most people imagine. Apart from its famous chocolates and beers, there are museums, beautiful parks, brilliant architecture, bars and much more.

The award will be presented by the Brussels Capital Region to journalists that celebrate its attractiveness. 

Prize: 1000€ award.

Application period: 15 June – 31 August 2019.

Jury composed of: tbc.

Ceremony: 3 October 2019.


The ACP-Europe Journalism Award

The Cotonou Agreement currently governing EU-ACP relations is due to expire in 2020. Negotiations on a new ACP-EU Partnership were launched in New York on 28 September 2018 in the margins of the United Nations General Assembly. The ACP Journalism Award will celebrate the new ACP-EU Partnership and the constructive relations between the EU and over 1.5 billion people from Africa, Caribbean and Pacific countries.

The ACP Journalism Award will be presented by H.E Patrick I. Gomes in the presence of the EU Commissioner for Development.

Prize: tbc.

Application period: 1 July – 30 October 2019.

Jury composed of: tbc

Ceremony: tbc.


The Europe-China Journalism Award

The ‘EU-China 2020 Strategic Agenda for Cooperation’, jointly signed by the EU and China in 2013, covers the areas of peace and security, prosperity, sustainable development, and people-to-people exchanges. The EU’s approach is based on a positive agenda of partnership coupled with the constructive management of differences. 

Sponsored by Huawei, this award recognises excellence in reporting on constructive Europe-China relations. Judges will look favourably at solution-oriented pieces.


  1. Written press (including online)
  2. Broadcast (broadcast TV and radio stations)

Prize: 1000€ for each category.

Application period: 1 October – 15 November 2019.

Jury composed of: A member of the EU-China Friendship Group in the European Parliament, a member of the EEAS, a member of the Council of Europe, a member of the International Federation of Journalists, a member of the International Association of Press Clubs and a member of the Chinese Mission to the EU.

Ceremony: tbc.


The “Economie Suisse” Journalism Award

Switzerland is neither an EU nor a European Economic Area member but it is part of the single market – this means that Swiss nationals have the same rights to live and work in the EU as other EEA nationals. A recent poll confirms that two out of three Swiss companies want Switzerland to sign a draft treaty negotiated with the European Union.

Sponsored by Economiesuisse,  this Journalism Award celebrates the constructive relations between the EU and Switzerland.

Prize: 1500€ award.

Application period: 1 October – 15 November 2019.

Jury composed of: tbc.

Ceremony: December 2019.