European Union – Qantas Journalism Award

The European Union – QANTAS Journalism Award is open to an Australian journalist with more than three years working experience in print or electronic media. They will need to satisfy the selection panel that he or she would benefit from a working visit to the European Union institutions and two to three Member States. While the subject of the project proposal is open to the journalist’s particular interests, it must be based on European themes relevant to an Australian audience.

Journalists must have their employer’s written support and recommendation as well as confirmation they will be free to take up the program. Previous applicants are encouraged to apply.

Selections are based primarily on the journalist’s proposal outlining a European – Australian issue or issues to be pursued during the visit. Originality and innovation in the development of themes will be valued highly, as will their appropriateness for the target audience in Australia. The selection panel will also take into account three examples of the applicant’s work published or broadcast in the previous 12 months.

There is no application form per se but candidates are urged to read the application guidelines carefully.

The EU will assist the journalist in formulating a suitable program of 10 working days that must be undertaken within one year of receiving the award. The award also provides for reasonable accommodation costs and a living allowance. Business class travel to and from Europe is courtesy of Qantas Airways and arranged by Travel Makers of Canberra.

Winner of the 2017 European Union – Qantas
Journalism Award

Laura Tingle of the Australian Financial Review has won the 2017 European Union – Qantas Journalism Award and a special commendation was also awarded to Katina Curtis of the Australian Associated Press.

The award was presented by Minister for Foreign Affairs, Julie Bishop, at a gala dinner for the inaugural EU-Australia Leadership Forum on Sunday June 4, 2017.

Julie Bishop, Minister for Foreign Affairs and The Australian Financial Review’s Laura Tingle, winner of the 2017 EU & Qantas Journalism Award


Steve Lewis – Vice President of the National Press Club of Australia, Katina Curtis – journalist at The Australian Associated Press and commendation winner of the 2017 EU & Qantas Journalism Award, Julie Bishop MP – Minister for Foreign Affairs, and Sem Fabrizi – Ambassador of the European Union to Australia.


 1999Rebecca Gorman ABC Radio
2000Sid MarrisThe Australian
2001Cathy PryorThe Australian
2002Deidre MackenAustralian Financial Review
2003Allesandra FabroAustralian Financial Review
2004Damien CarrickABC Radio National
2005Diana BagnallThe Bulletin
2006Josh GordonThe Age
2006Tony BoydAustralian Financial Review
2007Michael VisontayHerald Sun
2008Tim ColebatchThe Age
2009Cathy AlexanderAustralian Associated Press
2010Lyn GallacherABC Radio National
2011Adam MortonThe Age
2012Eleanor HallABC The World Today
2013Jake SturmerABC News
2014Aaron PatrickAustralian Financial Review
2015Peter RyanABC Radio
2016Angela Macdonald-SmithAustralian Financial Review
2017Laura TingleAustralian Financial Review