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Ahmed ElAmin
Journalist (Brussels, Belgium)

I started my life as a hack covering development projects for street children in Brazil; ended up teaching at a high school in Botswana; barged around the Kalahari reporting on local development projects for a magazine and also covered business stories for AFP; wandered around Southern Africa, Europe, and India; worked for a newspaper on the health and Native Canadian beat in Canada before heading off to Bermuda to cover finance and the reinsurance market; co-founded an online publication on offshore finance while living in a village of 700 people in Languedoc; drank a lot of wine; moved to Montpellier to cover the food and drink industry when the boom and the publication collapsed; drank a lot more wine covering that sector in France and Spain; and somehow ended up in Brussels working for a private communications company. At least the beer is good.


Development begins at home

Published 28th April 2010 - 3 comments - 1527 views -

Brussels - Development begins at home, so if you have written stories about your country that relate to the European Year for Combating Poverty and Social Exclusion you could be eligible for the European Year Journalist Award 2010.

The competition is open to print, online and audiovisual journalists publishing articles or airing audiovisual reports by a media outlet within the EU’s 27 member states, Iceland and Norway between 1 October 2009 and 31 August 2010.

While I don’t believe blogs on this site are eligible (see application rules regarding media outlets – I have sent an email to the organisers to find out and will post their reply here), you may have written about these subjects in your local media.

To determine whether your story is eligible, first, look at the themes of the 2010 European Year for combating poverty and social exclusion. The award site says particular appreciation and consideration will be given to those articles that focus on at least one of the following:

  • Analysing the structural causes of poverty and exploring solutions.
  • Reflecting the daily reality of those facing poverty and social exclusion, placing an emphasis on the human dimension of the story.
  • Illustrating cases of people who have broken out of a situation of poverty.
  • Demonstrating the results of current actions and activities; either by governments or public services, civil society, or individuals.
  • Raising awareness amongst readers and viewers, motivating them, and demonstrating how they can become involved in finding solutions.

Sounds like a template for what we are attempting to do on this site (despite the misgivings of some participants).

This year's theme also serves to remind us that about 84 million Europeans live below the bloc’s poverty line. Child poverty and the Roma are hot topics. For example, two EU conferences have been held on the Roma, for example.

As a sweetener, the EU is handing out cash prizes at the national level (€800) and at European level (€4,500, €3,000, and €2,000) for the most original and newsworthy reports on the themes. So you could end up winning €5,300!

The winners will be announced at a ceremony to be held in Brussels on 17 December 2010. Check it out. It never hurts to enter. You can only win!

More information

Background information on the European Year 2010

European Year Journalist Award 2010

Platform for Roma Inclusion

TH!Nk Blogger Mirza Softic: Roma People Between Better Life And Eternal Misery

Video 1

Europe's Forgotten Citizens - Defending Roma Rights in the EU. This report tries to look at the reasons why anti-Roma feeling has been so ingrained in so many European countries for so long and also looks at efforts being made to remedy the problem.

 Video 2

Ending child poverty in Europe: Almost 20 per cent of European youngsters are at risk of poverty – a higher rate than the adult population. The film shows areas in the EU where child poverty is a prevailing problem, but where some encouraging action is also taking place.


  • Lara Smallman on 28th April 2010:

    This looks great, thanks!

  • Iris Cecilia Gonzales on 29th April 2010:

    Good luck to the European journalists who are also Think3ers! Hope you can all join.

  • Clare Herbert on 29th April 2010:

    Thanks for the tip!

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