Franco-German responsibility for the future of Europe
France and Germany are the two most important pillars of European cooperation. Against the background of global crises and the resurgence of protectionism and nationalistic ideas endangering the European community of values, their cooperation is decisive for the future of the continent.
The Franco-German Journalism Prize (FGJP) stands for the dialogue between the two countries. Every year since 1983, it has aimed to honour outstanding contributions to Franco-German as well as European themes. Starting from 2022, the unique value of, and differences between, news, documentary and investigative journalistic work will be underlined by a reorientation of its award categories. With the Young Talent Prize, the FGJP also dedicates itself to the promotion of young journalistic talents contentually addressing the relations between the two countries. The Great Franco-German Media Prize is additionally awarded to a personality or organization that has uniquely contributed to Franco-German and European understanding.
Although the past appears to have been largely worked through eight decades after the end of the war, the mutual understanding and knowledge about the neighbour should be kept up and deepened nonetheless. Digitalization, the climate crisis, admittance of refugees, and rising of radical political voices confront both countries with major challenges that can only be overcome together and on an international level. This is helped by a clear view of the facts, the opportunities and deficits in Franco-German relations, in politics as much as in the economy, culture or civil society.
The Franco-German Journalism Prize therefore supports everyone who feels committed to a transparent and critical public, and is meant to provide stimuli for deepening the cooperation between French and German media. In the annual events, the prize offers the juries and prize winners a platform that invites them to maintain and expand existing networks, as well as develop and exchange new ideas.
Together, the partners and institutions involved in the FGJP – France Télévisions, Deutschlandradio, Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen (ZDF), ARTE, Deutsche Welle, Google Deutschland GmbH, Le Républicain Lorrain, SaarLB, Deutsches Städte-Network (DSN), Radio France, Saarbrücker Zeitung, Gustav Stresemann Institute (GSI), Franco-German Youth Office (FGYO), Franco-German University (FGU), Robert Schuman Foundation, Genshagen Foundation, France Médias Monde and Kalodion GmbH, led by the Saarländischer Rundfunk – form the largest Franco-German consortium of this kind.