The Czech Open Society Fund (OSF) was pleased to host the Journalism Awards of 2018. The nominations included many articles from Economia’s editors, many of which won awards in their categories.
David Klimeš from Ekonom competed with other colleagues from Economia and won the commentary category. The jury was also impressed by Respekt editor, Kateřina Šafaříková. Her interview with French writer and journalist Philipp Lançon, on his survival of the terrorist attack on Charlie Hebdo won the best interview category. Journalist Ivana Svobodová, also from Respekt, won a special award in the category of written journalism. Her piece: Anatomy of a Tragedy, a reconstruction of the disaster on Lake Lhota, where two Vietnamese boys drowned touched many hearts. The Poor Czechia project finished second to a series of reports on the murder of journalist Ján Kuciak. The owner of the media house, Zdeněk Bakala, welcomed the results with great pleasure. “I warmly congratulate all the winners and nominees. Success in the competition is confirmation that Economia is performing a public service and delivering valuable texts.” .
Since 2010, the Open Society Fund has organized the Journalism Awards Competition to recognize journalists that go above and beyond to address issues facing contemporary society. The Journalism Award’s long-term objective is to help improve journalistic professionalism and quality. For this reason, the awards emphasize the ability investigative journalism has to act as a watchdog of democracy.
On the photo above: Kateřina Šafaříková (right) and Ivana Svobodová. Photo: Lukáš Bíba