In the past as during World Wars, in the present because of the lack of security or economic reasons, in the future with the extreme climate conditions that will appear… There are many reasons to migrate and this is a timeless topic we will always have to deal with. Being well and factually informed is crucial for experts and politicians but it is also very important for every other citizen in order to be fully involved in the society.

Therefore, the International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD), in collaboration with the European Asylum Support Office (EASO) and Malta’s Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion, created an award for journalists who produce good quality content. This competition is a scheme of the EUROMED Migration IV and OPEN Media Hub projects, both funded by the European Union.

The ceremony of the first edition of the Migration Media Award was held in Valletta, Malta on June 14, 2017. The eleven available first-prizes were divided into four categories; online, print, radio, video. One more prize has been presented for multimedia content. In total, 35 journalists from 16 different countries received a prize for the high quality of their work about the sensitive topic of migration. You can find the list of winners here.

The jury was composed of reputable senior journalists coming from different countries. The 120 applicants had to provide an already published piece and proposal for a future publication. The awardees would receive a contract proposal from the EU to fund a new original piece or to further develop their already published content.

The award is part of an EU-funded investigation into the challenges faced by journalists when they need to gather precise and factual information in order to produce publications. These challenges are deeply analysed in the recently launched study “How does the media on both sides of the Mediterranean report on migration ?” where journalists evaluate the quality of the migration media coverage in 17 different countries.