It is excellent journalistic work the prize recognizes in reference to the journalistic work of Prof Paul Lendvai: The journalist and Eastern Europe expert blends a comprehensive examination of Europe with in-depth, reflective journalism like hardly anyone else in Austria. The University for Continuing Education Krems and the Europa-Forum Wachau awarded the Prof. Paul Lendvai Prize to Christoph Zotter of the daily newspaper "Die Presse" on 24 March 2022.
At time Europe deals with a number of major issues, such as democracy, peace and freedom, diversity and commonality. After 25 years, it remains important to remember what we have in common and to overcome existing borders, both geographical and intellectual. This is what the University for Continuing Education Krems and the Europa-Forum Wachau want to contribute to with the Prof. Paul Lendvai Award, which is endowed with EUR 3,000. The laudatory speech for the prize winner, Christoph Zotter, and Prof. Paul Lendvai was held by Landesrat Martin Eichtinger, Member the Lower Austrian Provincial Government.
A farsighted interview awarded
The Prof. Paul Lendvai Award was given to Christoph Zotter, journalist at the daily newspaper "Die Presse", for an article published in June 2021, being more topical today than ever: "Kremlin still has imperial ambitions". Therein, he interviews Ingrida Šimonytė, the Lithuanian Prime Minister, discussing Nord Stream 2, China, human rights and the pandemic, among other topics.
The Department for Knowledge and Communication Management together with the European Documentation Center, both located at the University for Continuing Education Krems was in charge for the realization of the award. Experts from the fields of journalism, public relations, communication, and European law helped to determine the criteria for the award and were involved in target group communication and managed the submissions.
About the Prof. Paul Lendvai Award
The Prof. Paul Lendvai Prize is aimed at (aspiring) journalists from all EU countries who have produced journalistic contributions in German or English as part of their studies at an Austrian university or in the course of their work at a media outlet based in Austria. Entries may be in any format in print, radio, television and the Internet, and there is no age limit for submission.