Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of Korea

2018 Pyeongchang Olympics/Paralympics – EU Award for journalists”

Seoul, 19/01/2018 - 08:33, UNIQUE ID: 180119_3
Invitations for the press

2018 Pyeongchang Olympics/Paralympics – EU Award for journalists”

in the Republic of Korea

Call for Entries

A project funded by the European Union 2018


The Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of Korea is launching The 2018 Pyeongchang Paralympics – EU Award for Journalist to recognise excellence in reporting on non-discrimination and diversity during the 2018 Winter Olympics and Paralympics that will take place in Pyeongchang (Republic of Korea) respectively on 9-25 February and 9-18 March 2018. The award is part of the “EU Public Diplomacy Project in Korea”– an EU initiative designed to help raise public awareness in the Republic of Korea about universal values, including human rights, gender equality, non-discrimination and diversity through the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympic and Paralympic games.

The media play an important role in highlighting such issues that we are facing. We need to reach out to citizens and governments for meaningful action to fight discrimination and guarantee the full enjoyment of all human rights for all. As we celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in the year of Olympics and Paralympics, this is particularly important. Journalists can stimulate dialogue and action across borders by sharing information.

 In this regard, the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics/Paralympics- EU Award for journalists”. aims to support Korean journalists who contribute to raising awareness of the wider public on human rights, also in line with the Olympic spirit, and to enhancing the understanding of the EU’s efforts to promote and protect human rights for all worldwide. The Olympic and Paralympic games provide unique opportunities to disseminate those messages.

The EU Delegation hopes that the Award will attract significant media interest in 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics and Paralympics and encourage high-quality human rights journalism in the Republic of Korea.


The Award is open to print and online professional journalists who are citizens or permanent residents (F-5 visa holders) of the Republic of Korea. For the purpose of the Award, professional journalists are deemed to be journalists working for officially recognised news agencies registered in the Republic of Korea. 

 How to Apply     

Applicants should submit the following documents via email to, indicating in the subject field "2018 Pyeongchang Olympics/Paralympics - EU Award for Journalists”.

  1. Application form (attached)
  2. A copy of the applicant’s published article (in MS-Word or PDF format).

The submitted article must be the applicant’s original work and cover “non-discrimination related issues” in the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics and Paralympics. For example, articles referring can be made to the participation of women in the Olympics and Paralympics or the achievements of athletes in the Paralympics are particularly welcome. Other issues, such as ageing athletes or athletes who may have suffered other forms of discrimination or violations of their human rights and competing in the games are also welcome.

 The deadline for submission is 30 March 2018 (23.59 Seoul time). Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.


Entry Details  

  1. Thematic scope

Promoting Human Rights for all, non-discrimination and diversity during the Olympics and Paralympics

  1. Period of Assessment

Articles submitted should have been published from 31 January 2018 to 30 March 2018


  1. Language

All submitted articles (only one entry per Journalist) should be written either in Korean or in English.


  1. Length

Each entry should be maximum five (5) pages in Korean (font: 10pt., line spacing: 1.0, standard margin in MS-Word) or 2,000 words in English.


  1. Dates
  • 19 January 2018: Launch of The 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics/Paralympics- EU Award for Journalist
  • 30 March 2018 (23:59 Seoul time): Closing date of applications
  • 16 April 2018: Announcement of the top 5 Awardees  
  • 2nd quarter 2018: a one-week study visit to Europe (DATE to be confirmed). 



Judging Criteria  

  1. The judging panel will consist of the EU Delegation to the Republic of Korea and independent media/human rights experts.   
  1. Entries will be evaluated on the basis of their relevance for the thematic scope of the award and for current affairs, for their clear messaging, analytical element and originality. 

 Reward & Conditions   

  1. The five (5) final winners will be contacted individually and the announcement will be placed on the EU Delegation’s website ( by 16/04/2018.   
  1. The winning journalists will participate in a one-week study visit to Europe tentatively in the second quarter of 2018 (DATE to be confirmed). 
  1. During the study visit, the five winners will meet the key EU experts and institutions in the human rights and sports field, and the European civil society organisations. Following the EU visit, each journalist will publish at least one (1) non-discrimination related article with reference to the EU within four (4) weeks upon their return to the Republic of Korea.
  1. Copyright

The applicant/author grants to the European Union a non-commercial and royalty-free right to use – reprint full or in part; and distribute – the articles submitted as entries and those published as a result of the study visit. The author will be appropriately acknowledged when his/her article(s) is/are used.

For more information, please contact:

EUPOP Team: Ms. LEE Gina,


EU Delegation Press & Information Ms. KIM Jungyoon,


Enclosed: Application Form






Application Form


Applicant’s Information





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기타사항 (선택)

Other information (optional)



Article Information (Write the title in the original publication only. No translation needed)

기사 제목


Title of article

매체 이름

Name of media


게재 일자

Publication date


웹 주소 (URL)

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Please fill out the form and send it via email with the text of your article by 30 March 2018 (23:59 Seoul time)




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