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European Union & Qantas Journalism Award
2012 EU-QANTAS JOURNALIST AWARD WINNER ANNOUNCED
Winner of the 2012 EU-Qantas Journalist Award is Eleanor Hall, host of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's national newshour "The World Today". Eleanor's project is entitled " Is a Digital Single Market the key to rejuvenating the European economy at a time of austerity and rapid technological change? "
Eleanor's winning proposal was announced on 13 June at the National Press Club by Andrea Nicolaj, First Counsellor of the European Union Delegation, ahead of the address by the Secretary General of NATO, Anders Fogh Rasmussen.
Mr Nicolaj said " This year's winner has chosen a subject covering several aspects of what is topical right now: rejuvenating the European economy - definitely a matter worth discussing – and in particular, the Digital Single Market ."
" A number of the actions called for at the launch of the Digital Agenda for Europe are being delivered this year," said Ms Hall. "How the EU deals with these opportunities and challenges will be of direct relevance and interest to the Australian target audience which is seeing a highly politicised broadband roll-out here and is also facing the challenges of how to regulate new technologies, like cloud computing, to benefit both businesses and consumers ".
Eleanor Hall will visit Belgium, France, Greece and Sweden later this month.
Accepting the Award, Eleanor Hall thanked Qantas, the National Press Club and the European Union for making this award possible.
The EU-Qantas Journalist Award began in 1992 and is conducted by the Delegation of the European Union in Canberra in conjunction with the National Press Club.
Qantas has, since the Award's inception 21 years ago, sponsored the Award with a business-class return airfare to Europe. The Award consists of a three-week study tour of EU institutions and up to three Member States.
"The Award was introduced back in 1992 and is one of the measures the European Union Delegation undertakes to help create a better understanding in Australia of EU affairs. We aim to give Australian journalists first hand experience in covering European issues. 2012 marks a special year as we are celebrating 50 years of EU-Australia diplomatic relations." said Andrea Nicolaj.
More information on the award: http://eeas.europa.eu/delegations/australia/press_corner/services_journalists/euqja.htm
more information at http://www.delaus.ec.europa.eu/News&events/EUQJA/journalistaward.htm
EUROPEAN UNION JOURNALISM AWARD WINNERS
1999 REBECCA GORMAN ABC RADIO
2000 SID MARRIS THE AUSTRALIAN
2001 CATHY PRYOR THE AUSTRALIAN
2002 DEIDRE MACKEN AUSTRALIAN FINANCIAL REVIEW
2003 ALLESANDRA FABRO AUSTRALIAN FINANCIAL REVIEW
2004 DAMIEN CARRICK ABC RADIO NATIONAL
2005 DIANA BAGNALL THE BULLETIN
2006 JOSH GORDON THE AGE
2006 TONY BOYD AUSTRALIAN FINANCIAL REVIEW
2007 MICHAEL VISONTAY HERALD SUN
2008 TIM COLEBATCH THE AGE
2009 CATHY ALEXANDER AAP
2010 LYN GALLACHER ABC RADIO NATIONAL
2011 ADAM MORTON THE AGE
2012 ELEANOR HALL ABC THE WORLD TODAY