The Reporting Europe Prize is back and nominations are open! Please nominate the best pieces of EU reporting/journalism via the official website: UACES is looking for an outstanding blogpost, a great newspaper article, or a particularly good radio or TV piece. New forms of journalism are also highly valued. It is the only independent journalism prize that is exclusively dedicated to journalism about the European Union.
FAQs (that are not covered on the official website):
Why only in English?
It is simply an issue of resources. UACES is financially and organizationally not in a position to do pan-European selection process. If you are a sponsor or an organisation that would like to change this get in touch and we see what can be done.
Why is the award ceremony in London?
UACES is based in London. Although it is a European association its roots are in British academia which explains the UK focus of its work.
Does UACES have a political agenda regarding the EU?
No – it is academic membership association providing services to academics that work in the field of European Studies.
Disclaimer: Yours truly is a member of the UACES committee and will serve on the jury this year.
We bloggers tend to criticise EU media coverage (and with good reasons!). But we should not forget to “honor excellence in reporting on the European Union” and show the rest of the media how to do it properly! You can now nominate outstanding pieces of journalistic work (print, radio, TV, online, blogs,…) to be considered for the 4th Reporting Europe Prize:
If you’ve seen, heard or read an outstanding report on the European Union that deserves wider recognition, then we’d like to hear from you.
The Reporting Europe Prize honours outstanding critical or supportive journalism on any aspect of the European Union.
Previous winners include Allan Little (BBC) James Kanter(International Herald Tribune) and David Rennie, (The Economist). It is worth noting that David Rennie got the award for his Charlemagne blog/column. A couple of years ago Nosemonkey was also nominated for an award. It seems that the jury considers blogs – so if you remember any outstanding blog post/blogs do not hesitate to nominate a blog!PS: The author of this post is affiliated with UACES.
Shameless plug for a recent blog post over at ‘Ideas on Europe‘ about European Studies and wikileaks. Basically I am wondering if the idea of wikileaks could constitute a research topic in European Studies and whether ‘cablegate’ in particular could be the basis for a panel at an academic conference.
I am still thinking of putting together this panel so if you are an academic and want to get involved please contact me!
A couple of months ago I had the idea of writing a blog post on why academics do not blog on EU politics. Somehow, due to time constraints, the idea never made it into a proper blog post. Suddenly the topic became interesting again as I found out about “Ideas on Europe”, a new EU blog platform that will be launched later this year with an academic focus:
Ideas on Europe aims to invigorate current discussion on Europe by providing an impartial, unbiased online platform where individuals can engage in informed analysis, comment, dialogue and debate.
The organisation behind the projects is the University Association for Contemporary European Studies (UACES) a membership organisation with “over 1300 academics, practitioners and research students”. The aim is to get UACES members to contribute to the new platform. At the moment the new page (beta!) is pretty basic and not much content can be found (except a post by nosemonkey), they are in the process of recruiting bloggers (or better: motivating academics!) to open a blog on Ideas on Europe. So if you are interested, you can apply here.
In my opinion, the idea behind Ideas on Europe is quite good: Providing the (missing) link between academics working on EU topics and the public. However, working in (EU-) academia myself it could be quite difficult to get scholars to blog and read blogs regularly.
First obstacle: Among academics the knowledge of blogs and web 2.0 is not as widespread as one would assume. (= not worth trying)
Second obstacle: Blogs (not EU blogs – nobody knows them!) are often regarded as second class media. (= not worth reading)
Third obstacle is a sentence you will hear a lot in universities: “I only publish in peer reviewed journals – only this is useful for my academic career.” (= not useful)
It is really necessary to address these three (possibly more) obstacles in order to get an academic audience. I hope UACES will also manage to motivate enough scholars to blog regularly about their research (in a readable style!). Only if they manage to get a critical amount of (new) bloggers and a (new) audience the platform will be successful. Another danger is academics who will only post the abstracts of their journal articles on the platform (or even the whole article…). Publishing posts with ”call for papers’ and ‘conference announcements’ will also not do the trick…