The Next Journalism Award seeks to reward such long-term innovation and risk taking. In its content, form and development, this project - innovative, demanding, efficient and independent - must be in service of tomorrow’s quality journalism. The award is aimed at projects in their first stages, that have yet to be tested and prototyped. The winning project must be in the process of being created. A unique way of shedding light on the ongoing efforts and investments of pioneering media entrepreneurs as they reshape the future of journalism at the European level.
For both an innovation in the field of media and for the start-up that instigated it, the Next Journalism award will recognize a journalistic innovation that is not yet fully operational. The award is based in the belief that entrepreneurial talents deserve support in creating the media companies of the future.
and we wish to showcase the projects that stand out for us. We will reward projects that are both cross-media as well as those that are purely digital. We are also interested in rewarding initiatives that further enable journalists across Europe to work together.
The aim is to allow the winner to present their project to the Nieman fellows while also connecting with the best academic research at Harvard University.
to receive the award, test and pitch their ideas to a number of top level-journalists and media executives, including board members of the CFJ and Ecole W (the new French school of digital innovation launched by the CFJ) and members of their Paris-based incubator.
In 1946, Philippe Viannay, a journalist and leading Resistance figure, known as Indomitus during the World War II, created a free, independent and durable journalism school. Since its foundation, more than 2,700 journalists have graduated from the Centre de Formation des Journalistes (CFJ).
Every single newsroom across France (and beyond) includes CFJ alumni : from France’s famous anchormen David Pujadas, Gilles Bouleau, Ruth Elkrief or Patrick Poivre d’Arvor to the talented investigative journalists Florence Aubenas (held hostage in Iraq in 2005), Natalie Nougayrède (The Guardian), Emmanuel Duparcq (AFP) and many others.
In October 2016, France’s leading J-school will celebrate its 70th anniversary in the Paris’ splendid City Hall in the company of over 800 students, alumni, heads of media companies, and the CFJ’s academic partners: France’s leading business schools, HEC and ESCP Europe, as well as the leading research institutes, ENS Ulm and La Sorbonne University, and tech schools such as Ecole 42, etc…). This unique night will be an opportunity to discuss with these partners the new trends in journalism and news making that currently inspire our students and alumni. This is the Next Journalism Award’s DNA.
Always in October 2016, the CFJ launches Ecole W, a new school for creative producers. The two schools (CFJ and W) are moving to a new building alongside incubated start-ups, focused on contents, diversity and innovation.
Founded at Harvard University since, the Nieman Foundation’s mission is to study, reflect upon, and reimagine the field of journalism – its professional standards, reporting craft, and it’s business models.
For the past 80 years, the Nieman Foundation has offered year-long fellowhips to 12 American and 12 international journalists – the “Nieman Fellows” – journalists, documentary filmmakers, photographers, media heads who have shown “exceptional professional standards” in the practice of their job and/or development of their profession in the transition to digital media.
The fellow spend a year on Harvard’s campus, taking classes and benefitting from the wealth of specialists and guests that the university has to offer, as well as exchanges with the John F. Kennedy School of Governmenty, Harvard Business School, the Berkman Center for Internet & Society, Harvard Law School, etc.
This global network of journalists (1,400 fellows in 100 countries), as well as the Nieman Lab, a world-recognized think tank on the future of journalism, the foundation is at the very heart of press revolution.
The Next Journalism Award Jury will be comprised of 8 internationally renowned figures:
Jurors representing the CFJ’s board of directors
Jurors representing the Nieman Foundation
including its curator or a
representative and a former fellow in Europe
either from the Ecole W/CFJ in 2017 and, starting in 2018, the prior Next Journalism laureate.
Jurors representing our sponsors
(Audiens, Varenne Foundation, Prisma Media)
The initial selection of projects will be made by a project team made up of experienced media figures who will consider all applicants according to the previously mentioned criteria.
Call for entries with application form available online
Jury deliberation and Award ceremony
3-day visit to the Nieman Foundation (Harvard)
and pitch in Paris (at the CFJ)