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9 best finally selected: We announce the winners of the competition on the best journalistic materials about EU Integration!

On 23rd November 2018 in Kyiv the Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration Ivanna Klympush-Tsyntsadze together with the Press Attache of the Delegation of the EU to Ukraine David Stulik, the Editor-in-Chief of “Europeiska PravdaSerhii Sydorenko, the Executive Director of the Ukrainian Center for European Policy Liuba Akulenko and the Association4U Key Expert on Public Communication & Outreach Liudmyla Kosar congratulated the winners of Ukraine-wide competition on best journalistic material about EU integration and awarded them with diplomas and prizes. The Vice Prime Minister encouraged journalists to continue explaining the benefits of the European integration to Ukrainians.

 

It was very symbolic that this very awarding took place following the “311 votes IN FAVOUR” on the 22nd November 2018 by the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine supporting the draft law on the strategic course of Ukraine towards the EU and NATO.

In the course of the competition (from 1st February to 30th September 2018) the EU-funded Project under the patronage of the Vice Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration of Ukraine Ivanna Klympush-Tsyntsadze, we (the Project) received 190 journalistic materials on EU Integration-related topics. The honorable jury has chosen 9 best works, 6 of which were awarded by diplomas and prizes, and 3 - by certificates and encouraging prizes.

The winners of the competitions became:

  • Anna Dovhoshei (nomination “Analytical material”)
  • Yuliia Kropyva (nomination “Subjective view”)
  • Hryhorii Kulbaka (nomination “Feature story”)
  • Nataliia Kushnirenko ("Analytical material”)
  • Nazarii Mazyliuk (nomination “Student material”)
  • Roman Shupenko (nomination “Success story”)

     

In terms of the nomination “Interview”, the winner was not defined.

The encouraging prizes were obtained by Mariana Metelska, Yuliia Shmatchenko, and Anna Murlykina.

The jury who evaluated the competition materials was composed of:

  • Liuba Akulenko, Executive Director, Ukrainian Centre of European Policy;
  • Zurab Alasaniia, Managing Director; “UA: Suspilne movlennia”;
  • Valerii Kalnysh, Editor-in-Chief, “Novoie Vremia” radio;
  • Volodymyr Kravchenko, Observer of international policy section, “Dzerkalo Tyzhnia” media;
  • Oleksandr Martynenko, General Director “Interfax News Agency”;
  • Yurii Opoka, Professor, School of Journalism, Ukrainian Catholic University;
  • Serhii Sydorenko, Editor-in-Chief, “Europeiska Pravda”;
  • Oksana Sokolova, Editor and TV host of “Fakty Tyzhnia”, ICTV channel;
  • David Stulik, Spokesperson, Delegation of the EU to Ukraine.

Congratulating the winners, the Vice Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration of Ukraine Ivanna Klympush-Tsyntsadze encouraged the journalists to keep explaining to the Ukrainians the essence, value and benefits of the European Integration: “The European integration does not bring immediate results. And because of this, without Media, our work would remain not understood and appreciated by the people. It does not purely depend on public servants, parliamentarians or civil society activists to what extent we will protect our European choice. It also undoubtedly depends on how truthful and unbiased the information can be”.

The Press Attache of the Delegation of the EU to Ukraine David Stulik mentioned that in spite of the competition being named “The Association Agreement: Way of Changes”, “many journalistic works were not related solely to the Association Agreement. For instance, in one of the nominations, the winning work was one on the topic of waste management. Everyone knows that sorting waste is a norm in Canada, Australia, Japan, and other countries, meaning it’s natural for developed countries. Ukraine is showing signs of becoming one of them”.

Bringing her congratulations to the winners, the Key Expert on Communication of the EU-funded Project Association4U stated: “To write or to tell about reforms is not easy, since reforms mean changes, while changes in their turn mean leaving the comfort zone. Leaving this comfort zone comfortably is impossible. Moreover, if we think that every day 1300 brands and 6600 information messages (all about basic human needs), together with governmental institutions that make reforms fight for an average Ukrainian’s attention then imagine what information and fake-news jungle one has to go through to understand how life will change because of the adoption of a new law or decree of the Verkhovna Rada. This is where journalists play a crucial role in forming in the country of a conscious pro-European majority, as the words do matter, especially in the regions and particularly the words of regional journalists, having the trust of their communities. And, the last but not the least, an honest and impartial are the best m journalism is a clear manifestation of your patriotism”.