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European Union and INTEC announce journalistic contest

The contest seeks to encourage interest and analysis of the bilateral relationship between the European Union and the Dominican Republic, as well as promote research on European issues relevant to the country and recognize local journalism.

Santo Domingo.-  The European Union and the Santo Domingo Technological Institute (INTEC), through the career in Social Communication and Digital Media, presented the IV edition of the journalistic contest "European Union - Dominican Republic", which seeks to encourage interest and analysis of the bilateral relationship between the two, as well as promoting research on European issues relevant to the country, as well as recognizing local journalistic work and practice.

With this new call, the educational and diplomatic entities, respectively, wish to stimulate the interest of communication professionals and term students of social communication and journalism in the production and dissemination of topics of interest within the admitted categories of the contest, with in order to promote journalistic analysis and thinking on the issues that are an important part of the management of the European Union in the Dominican Republic.

During the opening ceremony, Gianluca Grippa, ambassador of the European Union in the Dominican Republic, said that this contest was launched with the purpose of promoting a better knowledge of the European Union, its institutional functioning, the relationship with the Dominican Republic and, in addition , recognize journalistic work.

"In this edition we encourage the writing of articles that address cross-cutting issues for the European Union, such as human rights and climate change," said the ambassador, while highlighting that there is also a line for articles related to the Association's agreement. Economic (Epa).

Gianluca Grippa pondered that citizens have the right to receive truthful, plural and quality information, and this right can only be fulfilled effectively and be a full reality if there are professionals who make it possible, that is why in this edition it was enabled a category dedicated to the category of investigative journalism, to support the journalistic genre that guarantees a democratic society.

Likewise, Julio Sánchez Maríñez, rector of INTEC, thanked the European Union for its trust in INTEC and pointed out that the contest encourages the development, maintenance and deepening of an independent, free and competent dam, which is crucial for the proper functioning of a society.  

On his side, Dalul Ordehi, dean of the Dean of INTEC's Social Sciences and Humanities Area, highlighted that a few years ago when the university began training communicators, it was clear that it would always be oriented towards the plural press, respectful of values, ethics and attached to the veracity of the facts.

"From the Communication and Digital Media career we have been promoting a series of training and support actions for responsible, independent journalism that is also capable of producing important transformations for society," said the dean.

Journalists Competition IV Edition

For this year 2021, INTEC and the European Union enabled two categories of participation: professional and student, in both lines the participants can submit their proposals in narrative and investigative genres.

In the professional category, the four best works will be awarded, one from each category, which must be presented in writing, with a maximum length of 1,000 words through chronicles, essays, reports, articles, interviews, news or others and published from February 2021 to May 14, 2021, the closing date of the contest.

In the student category, the best work done will be awarded, and it must be presented through chronicles, essays, reports, articles, interviews, news or others.

In terms of format, the work must be written (a news item or opinion article of a maximum of 1,000 words) or a video with a maximum duration of 1 minute 30 seconds, in the case of digital or television media that wish to participate. Both job options must have been published (for the professional category).

Awards:

The winners have the power to choose between:

  • Professional category
    • A week-long study trip to Brussels to learn about the EU institutions, the media in Brussels and participation in bilateral meetings on topics of interest to the journalist.
    • An economic endowment of € 2.500 payable in Dominican pesos at the InfoEuro rate.
  • Student Category
    • A week-long study trip to Brussels to learn about the EU institutions, the media in Brussels and participation in bilateral meetings on topics of interest to the journalist.
    • An economic endowment of € 1.000 payable in Dominican pesos at the InfoEuro rate.

Winning journalists and students who opt for the study trip will be responsible for managing the Schengen visa. The Delegation of the European Union will deliver to each winner a certification stating the reason for the trip and which will cover the cost of airfare, accommodation and per diem for the duration of the visit. The Delegation of the European Union will reimburse the costs of the Schengen visa.

** The European Union does not intervene in the Schengen visa approval process. **

Regarding the investigative genre, it is important to emphasize that the postulated works must meet the characteristics of investigative journalistic notes. Journalistic investigation is a specific genre that exceeds the daily activity of data collection and contrast, reveals information and implies access to sources. Report findings must be the result of journalistic investigation and cannot be limited to disclosure of investigations conducted by third parties. In any case, the investigations carried out by the consulted sources should be the starting point and not the conclusion of a journalistic work.

The Delegation of the European Union in the Dominican Republic and INTEC reserve the right to reproduce the awarded works and use them for dissemination purposes.

For more information and consultation of the contest rules, you can visit https://eeas.europa.eu/delegations/dominican-republic_es

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