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Muse editor wins EU-Canada journalism prize

Okay, so maybe I should change the name of this blog to All About Breen.

But yesterday, soon after posting that commentary by Muse editor Kerri Breen, I learned she had been awarded the EU-Canada Young Journalist Award. She is one of just three winners from across Canada.

According to their web site, the awards were established in 2001 by the European Union diplomatic missions in Ottawa to recognize outstanding journalistic merit or potential among Canadian students. This competition aims to reinforce links between the people of the European Union and Canada, and to promote awareness of the European Union among a new generation of Canadian students and journalists.

The winners are selected by an independent jury, which in the past has included Mr. Paul Wells (formerly of the National Post, now with Maclean's magazine), Ms. Manon Globensky and Ms. Emmanuelle Latraverse (Radio-Canada), and academic experts, specializing in journalism or EU affairs.

And heres how they describe the prize:

Brussels, the home of the European Union's institutions, is host to the largest permanent press corps in the world. By writing or recording a story about the European Union or EU-Canada relations, you could win a trip to Europe and meet the press corps in Brussels, the city at the heart of the EU's decision-making machinery.

Canadian students are invited to submit a composition on a current issue facing the European Union or EU-Canada relations... The winners will be invited on a one-week study tour to Europe, which includes a visit to the EU institutions in Brussels, paid for by the European Commission. Prior to the trip the winners will be invited to an award ceremony in Ottawa in May 2009, attended by senior journalists, government officials and the diplomatic corps.

Breen won with her updated version of a freelance piece she composed for The Telegram last year, called Eyeing Europe, about how the EU-Canada trade deal might affect this province.

Basically, I get a study trip to Brussels and I'll go to Ottawa to accept my award, Breen said. I'm beyond grateful to have been chosen. I'll be the first winner from Atlantic Canada.

Breens predecessor at the Muse, Sheena Goodyear, went on to win the National Bureau Chief position with Canadian University Press, and is now freelancing for the Toronto Star. And now we have this. The Muse, very clearly, is a hotbed of talent.

Click here to read more about the EU-Canada Young Journalist Award.

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  • Brian
    July 27, 2010 - 14:53

    Regarding the last posting, "Musings on Defeat," I was going to write a few comments of support for Kerri Breen and the people at The Muse, advising them to not take the vote personally. The students' rejection of the request for $4 per term for The Muse rather than $2 is not so much a judgment upon The Muse and its staff, as it is a reflection of the fact that there are indeed many people, including those on campuses, who do not understand the importance of the media and the fundamental role that freedom of speech and freedom of the press play in a democratic society. This is an issue that Breen and her fellow Muse staffers will likely come across time and time again when they move into professional journalism. Just this week, reporters in St. John's were told to leave a room where Health Minister Ross Wiseman was going to make a speech. Most journalists could cite a list of similar examples or experiences. Regarding the most recent posting, "Breen Again," it is exquisite timing that Breen has been named a winner of the EU award. Congratulations, Kerri, and don't be modest. Play that story prominently in The Muse.
    -- Brian Jones, Portugal Cove