About Awards

What are the awards for?

The Centre de Formation des Journalistes (CFJ) and CNN are organizing the “CFJ/CNN European award for the best student news blog” to reward young journalistic talent, and to encourage European journalism students to use new information technologies.

Who can take part?

The awards are given to all students who are under 30 years of age on December 31st, 2006, and currently studying journalism at a university or school of journalism in country within the European Union.

What are the awards?

The awards are given to the best two news blogs, as chosen by the Judges. There will be a “Grand Prix” and a “Judges’ Special Prize”.
The blogs, which can be in French or English, can cover general-interest or specialist topics, and must be freely available over the Internet. They must be individual publications and regularly updated by their creators, who use them as a platform to express their views in writing and/or using photos, audio or video. They must feature hyperlinks and the possibility for users to provide feedback.

How will the winners be chosen?

The winning blogs will be chosen for their content, but also for their form and function. For example:

Content
Content is well-written, intelligible, up-to-date, transparent and credible.

Creativity
The blog looks at original topics, shows humor and uses innovative stylistic tools.

Design
Attractive and practical layout incorporating multimedia elements (animations, graphics, audio, video).

User-friendliness
Interactivity, usability, links, user feedback, help functions.

What are the prizes?

For the winner of the “Grand Prix”: six weeks training at CNN International’s London headquarters, and a €2,500 grant. (excludes travel and general living expenses)
For the winner of the “Judge’s Award”: one month’s training organized by CFPJ International.