Qantas & European Union Journalism Award

Delegation of the European Union to Australia


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Journalists are invited to apply for the 2016 European Union-QANTAS Journalist Award.

The award is open to an Australian journalist with more than three years working experience in print or electronic media. They will need to satisfy the selection panel that he or she would benefit from a working visit to the European Union institutions and two to three Member States. While the subject of the project proposal is open to the journalist’s particular interests, it must be based on European themes relevant to an Australian audience.

Journalists must have their employer’s written support and recommendation as well as confirmation they will be free to take up the program. Previous applicants are encouraged to apply.

Applications close Thursday 30 June 2016.

Three copies of the application (if posted), a CV and all materials, including dvd/audio tapes are essential. Applications may be emailed or posted to:

The Awards Coordinator
National Press Club
PO Box 6184
Kingston ACT 2604

Selection will be based primarily on the journalist’s proposal outlining a European – Australian issue or issues to be pursued during the visit. Originality and innovation in the development of themes will be valued highly, as will their appropriateness for the target audience in Australia. The selection panel will also take into account three examples of the applicant’s work published or broadcast in the previous 12 months.

There is no application form per se but candidates are urged to read the application guidelines and submit their proposals by June 30, 2015.

The EU will assist the journalist in formulating a suitable program of 10 working days that must be undertaken within one year of receiving the award. The award also provides for reasonable accommodation costs and a living allowance. Business class travel to and from Europe is courtesy of Qantas Airways and arranged by Travel Makers of Canberra.




Angela MacDonald-Smith from AFR has won the 2016 EU-Qantas Journalist Award.

The EU Ambassador to Australia, Sem Fabrizi, and representatives from Qantas and the National Press Club presented the award at a climate action event in Canberra.

“This award provides a leading Australian journalist with a unique opportunity to visit and report on the European Union, which is a leader in global climate action and in renewable and energy efficiency policies,” Ambassador Fabrizi said. “Ms Macdonald-Smith’s topic is particularly relevant at this time as the EU’s experience could be useful also for Australia which has just ratified the Paris agreement.”

Angela MacDonald-Smith is an experienced and well-regarded resources journalist, with a deep understanding of the energy sector gained from a track record as newswire and newspaper reporter in Sydney and London, backed up by post-graduate academic study.

The EU-Qantas Journalist Award began in 1992 and is conducted by the Delegation of the European Union in Canberra in conjunction with the National Press Club.

Qantas has, since the Award’s inception 24 years ago, sponsored the Award with a business-class return airfare to Europe.  The Award consists of a three-week study tour of EU institutions and up to three Member States.


 1999 Rebecca Gorman  ABC Radio
2000 Sid Marris The Australian
2001 Cathy Pryor The Australian
2002 Deidre Macken Australian Financial Review
2003 Allesandra Fabro Australian Financial Review
2004 Damien Carrick ABC Radio National
2005 Diana Bagnall The Bulletin
2006 Josh Gordon The Age
2006 Tony Boyd Australian Financial Review
2007 Michael Visontay Herald Sun
2008 Tim Colebatch The Age
2009 Cathy Alexander AAP
2010 Lyn Gallacher ABC Radio National
2011 Adam Morton The Age
2012 Eleanor Hall ABC The World Today
2013 Jake Sturmer ABC News
2014 Aaron Patrick Australian Financial Review
2015 Peter Ryan ABC Radio
2016 Angela Macdonald-Smith AFR