journalist of Sul Informação is a finalist for the European Commission award

In total, 18 finalists were nominated, spread over three categories: "National", "Regional" and "Students"

Photo: Flávio Costa | Sul Informação

The report “In Alte, young people campaigned for Europe”, authored by Pedro Lemos, journalist of Sul Informação, is one of the finalists for the “Fernando de Sousa” Journalism Award, promoted by the Representation of the European Commission in Portugal. The nominees were known this Tuesday, October 27th. Also Duarte Baltazar and João Junça, journalists in the delegation of Faro of RTP, are finalists.

The report of Pedro Lemos tells the story of a group of young people from the Professional School of Alte who made a "campaign for Europe" in the last European Elections, having been published on 25 May 2019.

O Sul Informação he spoke with these young people who were unanimous in admitting that, without the European Union, Portugal “would be much worse”. This report also served to show how young people are also interested in European issues, promoting them to their peers.

In the "regional" category there are five more finalists: “Young Volunteers Across Borders”, by Cristiana Alves (Diário de Leiria), “Volunteers exchange large urban centers for environmental preservation in Vila Pouca de Aguiar“, by Filipe Ribeiro and Daniela Parente (Notícias de Aguiar), "Berlengas: natural treasure", by Patrícia Duarte and Joaquim Dâmaso (Region of Leiria), “Fundão – The land that embraces the world”, by Paula Brito Batista (Radio Cova da Beira), and “Ecomare did not win the Regiostars award but showed innovation from Aveiro to Europe”, by Paulo Lencastre Leitão (TV Centre).

In total, 18 finalists were nominated, spread over three categories: “National”, “Regional” and “Students”. Duarte Baltazar, journalist, and João Junça, image reporter, are finalists in “Nacional”, with a great report, broadcast on Linha da Frente, of RTP, about the “Culatra 2030” project.

This year, a record number of 93 applications from journalists and students from across the country were presented (the average of the three previous editions was 35 applications), «which proves the increased relevance of this initiative, but also broadens the challenge on a large scale. placed to the judges in the evaluation”, says the European Commission, in a press release.

Of this total number of applications received, 31 were in the “Student” category, 16 in the “Regional” category and 46 in the “National” category.

The themes of the pieces in the competition were quite different, reflecting the period 2019 and 2020 covered by this edition: European elections, environmental protection, Brexit, copyright, migration and integration, exchange programs, increase in populist and extreme movements -right, protection of fundamental rights and culture.

This prize, promoted by the European Commission Representation in Portugal in the context of respect for the freedom and pluralism of the media, is awarded to journalists and higher education students from journalism or media courses who have made a remarkable contribution to clarifying issues important at European level or that have promoted a better knowledge of the institutions or policies of the European Union in Portugal.

It also serves to honor journalist Fernando de Sousa (1949-2014), protagonist of a long and remarkable career dedicated to European affairs.

The winners, one per category, will be announced, as provided for in the regulations, by the end of this year, with the format of the awards being adapted according to the limitations imposed by the pandemic evolution.


All finalists:

 «Student» Category:

"European Elections: What are young people's concerns for Europe?"

Author: Carolina Alves (University of Porto) / JPN-JornalismoPortoNet

Synopsis: Elections for the European Parliament took place in May 2019 and millions of young people appeared before the polls. On the sidelines of the training program “Staring at Goats: Propaganda, Scapegoating and the Other”, which took place in Germany, JPN spoke with seven young people from various countries of the European Union to understand where the concerns and priorities of the next European generation fall. This article allowed the discussion about the most urgent issues related to the European project, giving the opportunity to several young people to express themselves about their concerns and ideas, and also contributed to the dissemination of information about the European Union, the elections and the Erasmus+ program .

«The challenges of Europe – Special European Parliament»

Authors: Cristiano Costa, Margarida Torres, Rafael Correia, Luís Pinhão and Beatriz Esperança (Superior School of Social Communication, Lisbon) / E2

Synopsis: Special episode dedicated to the way the European Parliament works and the challenges for the future of the European Union. The program presents diversified contents on several themes, namely: the challenges of the European project; how to vote in European elections; how the European Parliament works and the measures taken to avoid abstention.

"For refugees in Greece and Syria, vulnerability predates the virus"

Author: Inês Pinto and Beatriz Jorge (University of Porto) / JPN-JornalismoPortoNet

Synopsis: For those fleeing or living in war, a virus tends to look harmless. Rather, it is in spaces like the refugee camps of Greece and Syria – overcrowded, with restricted access to water, with little or no medical care available – that an outbreak finds “almost perfect conditions” to spread.
JPN discussed the matter with activists, doctors and teachers who know the conditions experienced in refugee camps in both countries. They are united by the concern for the dramatic situation that can be generated within the dramatic situation that already exists. It aims to inform and sensitize the Portuguese public, particularly the younger ones, about a reality that, being distant, is concrete, based on their own testimonies with knowledge of this reality and the terrain.

"European Commission puts environment and refugee crisis at the heart of Europe's concerns"

Author: Inês Silva Morais (University of Coimbra) / RUC- Radio of the University of Coimbra

Synopsis: It covers the six proposals put forward by Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission, and presented by the representative of the European Commission in Portugal, Sofia Colares Alves, and by her Spanish counterpart, Francisco Fonseca Morillo. It aims to further clarify the measures put forward about the future of the European Union in areas such as the environment, economy, technology or European democracy with the student community.

«Five chosen, five forgotten»

Author: Mariana Teófilo da Cruz (New University of Lisbon) / REC-Reporters under Construction

Synopsis: They were not yet 18 years old when they arrived in Europe. They fled the war in Afghanistan, slavery and child labor. They came looking for a new beginning, like all refugees who are forced to leave their countries. Portugal opened the door to five of the 3500 unaccompanied minors estimated to live in Athens (2019 data). I wanted to welcome them and give them the opportunity to start over. Otherwise they would never be able to live the European dream. But giving a hand is not enough. It portrays, in part, one of the biggest crises that the European Union is going through. But it also exposes the flaws that existed in the process, which lead to reflection on the role of societies, governments and institutions.

"Lux Film Prize: Is Politics So Disconnected from Cinema?"

Author: Miguel Cunha dos Santos (Portuguese Catholic University, Lisbon) / Espalha-Factos

Synopsis: Report, made from Strasbourg at the award of the Lux Film Prize, a prize awarded by the European Parliament to European cinematographic works with the aim of creating a “European language”, an artistic and cultural, cinematographic language that is understood by all of us , Europeans, but also by those who live and tremble with the seventh art. It is a reflection on the link between politics and the seventh art, but also on the power of activism when there is a platform to give life and power to words, denouncing that cinema can also help change the world. It allowed for a dialogue between the world of artists and politicians, who have more common goals than one thinks: making the world a better place and mirroring the practical effect of measures to support the arts of the European institutions.


«Regional» category:

«Young Volunteers Across Borders»

Author: Cristiana Alves / Diário de Leiria

Synopsis: Maria Pereira, Hugo Lopes, João Oliveira and Ana Jorge are examples of young people who, driven by the desire to do more and better for others, have embarked on the adventure of volunteering across borders. Born in the district of Leiria, the four young people have already volunteered in countries such as Iceland and Italy, where they provided support in tasks related to environmental sustainability and the social area. What led these young people to volunteer across borders? What are your main motivations and what did you take from each experience? These were some of the questions that the report tried to answer, through the testimonies of those who had the opportunity to bring support to other countries, thanks to the European Voluntary Service, an initiative for the youth of the European Commission.

«Volunteers exchange large urban centers for environmental preservation in Vila Pouca de Aguiar»

Author: Filipe Ribeiro and Daniela Parente / Notícias de Aguiar

Synopsis: Anna Garre, Giacomo Sabattini and Luca Lévay are three volunteers from the Life Volunteer Escapes project who exchanged the urban centers of European capitals for the tranquility of Serra do Alvão, in Vila Pouca de Aguiar, in the name of protecting the environment. The article praises the multiculturalism that, in this case, brings a new life to the daily life of the population of a small village located in Serra do Alvão, in Vila Pouca de Aguiar, and portrays the cultural and generational experience of three young foreign volunteers .

«Berlengas: natural treasure»

Author: Patrícia Duarte and Joaquim Dâmaso / Leiria Region

Synopsis: Berlengas are a “natural treasure” at risk. Aware that the lack of knowledge in relation to this heritage is enormous and that it is not possible to estimate what is not known, we advanced with a journalistic work that highlighted this enormous wealth, that alerted to the destructive impact of climate change and individual behavior , and for the urgency of preservation. This great report reveals the islands in their multiple dimensions. The study and conservation projects of the islands are also addressed, some of which are supported by European funds, with emphasis given to LIFE Berlengas. Funded at European level by the LIFE program, the project included several actions aimed at restoring the insular ecosystem, without which the islands would not be in the state of conservation in which they are today.

«Fundão – The land that embraces the world»

Author: Paula Brito Batista / Cova da Beira Radio, Fundão

Synopsis: There are almost 700 foreigners residing in the municipality of Fundão. They come from all continents and there are several motivations for these new locations, spread across properties they have acquired throughout the county, concentrated in technology companies or residents of the Fundão seminar. The article mainly addresses the issue of integration, taking examples such as the success case of the Fundão Migration Center and the way refugees are welcomed and integrated in a small European town, and the case of a French multinational that chose a small city ​​in the interior of Portugal to work for the whole world.

«Ecomare did not win the Regiostars award but showed innovation from Aveiro to Europe»

Author: Paulo Lencastre Leitão / TV Center

Synopsis: Ecomare unites the gray area of ​​the Port of Aveiro with the green of an emblematic coastal lagoon, the Ria de Aveiro, to promote conservation (rescue, rehabilitation and return to wildlife of seabirds, sea turtles, seals and dolphins) and the sustainable use of indigenous marine biological resources (the blue). This is an example of pre-industrial scale demonstration facilities for sustainable aquaculture and blue biotechnology solutions. He was a finalist for the Regiostars awards in 2019 and had an investment of 4,8 million euros from European funds. It is an example at European level of how existing infrastructure in coastal areas with privileged access to the sea can be used for the conservation and appreciation of ecosystem goods and services.

“In Alte, young people campaigned for Europe”

Author: Pedro Lemos / Sul Informação

Synopsis: In a small village in the interior of the Algarve, a group of young people decided to “campaign for Europe” in the last European Elections in May 2019. assets of the European Union (EU). O Sul Informação he spoke with these young people who were unanimous in admitting that, without the EU, Portugal “would be much worse”. This report served to show how young people are also interested in European issues, promoting them to their peers.


«National» Category:

«The Greek mountains where people, wolves and bears live together»

Author: Ana Nunes / Diário de Notícias

Synopsis: In Nymfaio, Greece, bears roam for miles through forests, wolves are by the river and people live in villages. Everyone has their space, but the paths cross and, in these encounters, order is ensured by Greek shepherd dogs, the guardians of peace between the three species. The relationship between everyone seems natural, but it is also the result of the work of the environmental association Arcturos, which has benefited from the help of the European Commission and contributed to the fight against the extinction of wolves and bears. This is also the home of one of the ordinary heroes elected by the European Commission: Vassilis Fourkiotis, a 30-year-old tourist guide with a passion for nature.

«Ghosts arrive on these boats»

Author: Ana Relvas França, Germano Oliveira, Joana Beleza, João Melancia, Maria Romero / EXPRESSO

Synopsis: There is an Italian island, closer to Africa than to Rome, which has received people of all religions for centuries. As a region known for its delicacies, this is where Lampedusa remains prodigal. Long before 2015, the year that Europe woke up to the migration crisis, the people of Lampedusa were already organizing to help those who were arriving. In 2015, more than 50 people passed through this island that the Expresso visited on the sixth anniversary of the greatest tragedy known in the Central Mediterranean: the death of 368 people in a boat that burned two kilometers off the coast. In this work, there are the voices of migrants who arrive with hope and there are the memories of so many who lived that tragic day and continue to help those arriving – the most vivid and meaningful offered by Vito Fiorino, the man who saw the fire in the sea and on a boat for seven, on a dangerous odyssey that took hours, he saved dozens. Lampedusa is an experimental laboratory of European reception and integration policies. This is where some of the EU's biggest failures are so often made explicit, but it is also where we find in many anonymous citizens the personification of its values.

«Front Line: Island Awakening»

Author: Duarte Baltazar and João Junça / RTP

Synopsis: In 1987, the inhabitants of the island of Culatra, in the Algarve, join together to demand better living conditions from the public authorities, in a protest journey that culminates, in 2019, with obtaining licenses to live and work in the Ria Formosa. Culatra is thus one of six island communities selected by the Secretariat for Clean Energy in the EU Islands, supported by the European Commission, to become a pilot renewable energy community by 2030, leading fishermen to join forces with the University of Algarve and other entities, in order to take advantage of the sun and wind, combat the use of plastic and ensure the conservation of threatened species and habitats. In a protected area marked by conflicts and environmental challenges, RTP accompanied the birth of this unprecedented cooperation in Portugal, promoted by the European Union.

“There are new rules for copyright. What changes after “Article 13”?»

Author: Flávio Nunes / ECO

Synopsis: The European Parliament approved the Copyright Directive, which became known by the controversial articles 11 and 13. In this work, organized in a Q&A logic, it tried to clarify in simple language what the document means and how it applies in the field , at a time when public opinion was yielding to criticism. The document was not being understood by public opinion for its real nature: to modernize the old law and standardize it in the EU and how it would come to protect creators, rather than penalize them.

«The nights of terror (and some of love) of the Portuguese Maritime Police in the Aegean Sea»

Author: Leonete Botelho and Rui Gaudêncio, PÚBLICO

Synopsis: Report with the Maritime Police on the island of Samos, Greece, where this Portuguese police force is part of Operation Poseidon of the European Frontex Agency, and shows what they do and how the activities of the various forces involved in surveillance of the Aegean Sea are articulated, but also how the concrete men who make up these operations to rescue migrants at sea live, work and feel. The report reveals that Frontex – the European Border and Coast Guard Agency – is made up of human resources and equipment, in compliance with the European Union's guidelines on migration control, whose most visible face is search and rescue operations in the context surveillance of maritime borders. In this case, the visible face is the Portuguese Maritime Police.

Major Report: «Goodbye Europe»

Author: Miguel Soares and Carolina Ferreira / Antena 1

Synopsis: The British are already separated from the European Union, but which kingdom will this be after the European divorce? The report crosses a divided geography where the future is unknown and brings a portrait in two voices. Almost two weeks after “B” day, there are several doubts that cross the UK: what now? what life is expected beyond Brexit? Antena 1 travels through the first nation that decided to leave the European Union, after 47 years of marriage. Concerns and expectations, from business to politics, from London to Edinburgh, without forgetting the vision of the Portuguese, are portrayed in this report, which is thus a historical document.