Jonathan Fryer

Writer, Lecturer, Broadcaster and Liberal Democrat Politician

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File on 4 Wins 2011 UACES Reporting Europe Prize

Posted by jonathanfryer on Wednesday, 4th May, 2011

The annual UACES* Prize recognising good British journalism about European affairs seems to be attracting an ever stronger list of nominees. This year’s shortlist included Tony Barber of the Financial Times for his series of articles on Saving the euro, Btonwen Maddox of Prospect Magazine for her piece on How the Greeks Broke Europe and Ian Traynor of the Guardian for a series on the Far Right and Immigration in Europe. But the prize was awarded to Gail Champion and Angus Stickler of BBC Radio 4 and the Bureau of Investigative Journalism for their File on 4 documentary on Europe’s Missing Millions. This was a fairly hard-hitting exposé of corruption within the EU structural funds system, notably involving the Mafia in Italy — which shows that UACES and the distinguished panel of judges don’t always favour Europhile stories. For the fourth year running, the awards ceremony was hosted by Thomson Reuters at their Canary Wharf  headquarters and as ever it was a brilliant networking opportunity for those of us who spend a lot of time discussing EU issues, either as academics or as journalists or as both.

*UACES = University Association for Contemporary European Studies



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Reporting Europe Prize 2010

Posted by jonathanfryer on Wednesday, 28th April, 2010

At a ceremony at the Thomson Reuters headquarters in Canary Wharf  last night David Rennie of the Economist was awarded the UACES-Thomson Reuters Reporting Prize for his Charlemagne column in the magazine. There was a particularly strong short-list this year, including BBC News’ Europe correspondent, Jonny Dymond, and my old BBC World Service colleague Oana Lungescu, but there was general agreement among the academics and journalists present that Rennie deserved the accolade. To look at, he is something of a young fogey: a sort of miniature Jacob Rees-Mogg, complete with braces, white handkerchief in his top pocket and severe glasses. But over the past five years that he has been in Brussels he has provided an insightful and often witty commetary on the goings on of the European Union and the wider Europe. He will be a hard act to follow.


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Writing the Truth about Europe

Posted by jonathanfryer on Wednesday, 30th April, 2008

Last night, I attended the first UACES-Reuters Reporting Europe Awards, at the splendid Reuters building in Canary Wharf — or, to be more precise, the headquarters of the new company Thomson Reuters, as it became less than a fortnight ago. It’s nearly 25 years since I worked for Reuters in Brussels, but the need for accurate information about the European Union is just as imperative now as it was then. Alas, swaths of the British press prefer to peddle lies and myths. The keynote speaker at the awards ceremony, Niall FitzGerald, Deputy Chairman of Thomson Reuters, gave an amusing but also rather depressing run-through of some of the more grotesque stories of recent months. This was doubly depressing, in that firstly popular organs such as The Sun and the Daily Mail still peddle such misleading rubbish, and that secondly such a high proportion of the British public reads this gleefully, so they can indulge in a good bit of Brussels-bashing down at the pub or the golf club.

But the point of the new awards is to celebrate good, fair and accurate reporting of European issues, and it was reassuring to see just what a strong short-list of nominees the judges had to choose from: Bertrand Benoit of the Financial Times, John Peet of the Economist, the blogger J Clive Matthews and the BBC’s Europe Editor, Mark Mardell were the commended runners-up. However, the award went to my former colleague Allan Little, BBC World Affairs Correspondent — and well deserved too. As we approach the Euro-elections of June 2009, thank God there are some informed and sane voices among the cacophony of scare-mongers and xenophobes.


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