Meaghan Campbell, who just finished her second year in the four-year bachelor of journalism program, is this year’s winner of the EU-Canada Young Journalist Award. She attended the awards ceremony in Ottawa on 1 May and then spent a week in Brussels meeting the press corps and touring the EU institutions.
To apply for the award, Meghan wrote an essay about the issue of transferring credentials between the EU and Canada in addition to submitting a cover letter, résumé and reference letter. “I applied because I’m curious to know more about the EU and think it’ll be fascinating to meet the press corps,” says Meaghan. “We’ll also be in Brussels when they’re electing the EU delegates, which only happens every five years!”
The EU diplomatic mission in Ottawa created the EU-Canada Young Journalist Award in 2001 to recognize outstanding journalistic merit or potential among Canadian students. The aim behind this competition is 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 of journalists and academic experts who specialise in journalism or EU affairs.