Article on same-sex families in Lithuania wins third prize in EU Journalist Awards


Monday 21 March, the winners of the EU Journalist Awards 2010 were announced, and the third prize went to Rasa Navickaitė from Lithuania for her article on the experiences of same sex couples raising families in Lithuania.

The article ‘Different, but Happy.’, was recognised by the jury for telling “a positive story of LGBT families” which at the same time explores the difficulties that they can face. Read the article here.

Jeanette Björkqvist from Finland won first prize for her article ‘The Unwanted People’ (published in the Hufvudstadsbladet newspaper) which focuses on the experiences of Roma from Eastern Europe in Finland. The EU Jury gave first place to this article which “despite tackling difficult themes” is “accessible and interesting to read.”

Second place went to Edith Meinhart from Austria for her article ‘Failing our intellect’ which was published in Profil, a weekly business magazine. The article looks at the experiences of skilled immigrants in Austria, presenting both the human face of this waste of talent caused by discriminatory attitudes and the economic waste of resources. The jury found it to be “an engaging mix of individual stories and general research.”


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