A cash prize of two thousand Euros (2.000 €) for the best journalistic research
Software tools prize for data journalism (will be announced with the hackathon that will take part during this contest).
Winner of the Investigative Journalism contest is Theodosia Gournelou for her research:
"Seeking Greek Migrants"
The winner has (also) been invited by the German Federal Foreign Office and the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Athens to participate in the Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum 2015, running this year under the title "Media and Foreign Policy in the Digital Age" that will take place from June 22th to 24th in Bonn.
Additional interesting inquiries submitted to the contest:
The jury will be announced soon and it consists of experimented professionals form the journalism field.
The research of Mary, refers to the environmental contamination in the areas crossed by the Asopos river. "While the issue was already known
since 2007, the report was conducted in September 2014 to see if after all these years something has changed in the
region. What emerged is that the Asopos still burdened with the waste industries in the region, creating
a highly toxic environment for local residents and in general, through the movement of agricultural products.
At the same time through the studies conducted a number of bodies such as the IGME and the NTUA demonstrated that in the area there
industries that have buried their waste within the space of their facilities. Together with photographer Alexander Katsi we followed
the course of the river by recording the apparent burden, we talked with local residents of Oinofyta to Aulis,
with scientific experts and competent bodies of the State. Unfortunately we concluded that what once codified
as the "largest ecological crime" of Greece, continued under the indifferent gaze of the state. The research is published in Greek
VICE and got very positive feedback from environmental organizations and citizens' movements in the hope that it may bring the matter and
trigger environmental awareness."
You can see the complete work here
Dimitris developed a mashup application of Google News and Google Maps servises, which enables the user to explore
worldwide local news, from the country level up to a village. As one "zooms" the news become more local. Currently
the web-app is available in about 70 languages.
You can see the complete work here
The Research of Panagiotis Grigoriou considered the limits of freedom of expression in relation to the influence of
religion in modern Greek society. The reason that triggered this research was the terrorist attack in
France due to the publication of provocative, to enthusiast defenders of Islam, cover of «Charlie Hebdo» magazine.
You can see the complete work here
The story of Nick Verra refers on the problem of managing waste in the Pyrgos area:
"In a dramatic and dangerous situation is the capital of the prefecture of Ilia after following the continuing impasse in finding a solution for waste disposal. Apocalyptic is the Sanitary Inspection report drafted by the services of the Department of Environmental Health and Sanitary Control Regional Unity Ilia that locates and highlights the seriousness of the situation with the garbage in neighborhoods city to be bomb for public health since it is accumulated in the streets since December 2014 and an amount exceeding 10,000 tons. "
You can see the complete work here
The research of Evlampia Revi was about a controversial method that promises that one can wean drug addiction
within half an hour. "However, the operators talk about a method that is not certified and is alarming for the individual health.
Autosuggestion, «placebo effect» or truth? What about the case of Dr. Zompin to whom have gone over 400
Greek people, however, this number is not absolutely certified due to the fact that there are no official records that
confirm this size; and what is the reality on the injection/prodigy(?) that says that it offers?
Doctors warn and express serious concerns, asking from addicts to choose ways that are perfectly acceptable and applied in the West."
You can see the complete work here
We believe that the existence of such an award is essential because it will reward and encourage young professionals who are working for the sake of common good and public interest and who investigate and monitor the work and decisions of Greek authorities, of civil society, of legal and natural persons currently operating in Greek territory as well as the impact and the consequences of their actions.
According to a recent survey, an overwhelming 96,74% of Greek citizens believe that Greek journalists are "manipulated"  , which is alarming as for the quality of information the Greeks believe to be receiving and the general state of democracy in Greece.
At the same time, journalism is going through a rough time, what with the media bleeding red ink and the consequential lack of means for journalistic research. Most media fail to support journalists either because of their financial reality or because of their difficulty to adjust to the fact that technology has radically changed the way people work and narrate; or, even, because they are so dependent on local institutions, politicians and entrepreneurs, that they are obliged to turn a blind eye and suppress various matters of importance for public information.
Although a barrage of information could be considered as the main characteristic of the era we’re living in, the average theoretical background of citizens is not sufficient for the analysis and definition of the exact content of the actions of the forenamed persons and entities. It is, therefore, necessary that journalists process, explain and sort out all this information and data randomly thrown at them.
Acknowledging that the contribution of journalism to the maintenance of a free and democratic society is fundamental and believing that its role in democratic politics and market economy is irreplaceable, we are aiming at the establishment of an Investigative Journalist Award, which will encourage young professionals to get deeply involved with investigative journalism and technological advances, while proving that whatever someone, somewhere does not want published, is – in fact – a public good[ 
However, journalistic research has its boundaries; not everything is allowed. Anyone interested in the competition should carefully go through the terms and clear references regarding the protection of personality rights, personal data and copyright. In this webpage, you may also find helpful material including legal articles about press-related Greek and European legislation, journalistic research limitations, constitutional consolidation regulations and provisions on protection of citizens from public or private bodies in possession of their personal data.
Soon, we will also announce further information on the hackathon, another attempt to put technology at the service of public interest, which will take place in the context of the same competition. The hackathon will be a two-day meeting, during which, programmers will be “meeting” with and working along journalists and citizens. Their objective will be creating applications which will help not only journalists, researchers and citizens to gain access and be able to process data, but also public services to control state bureaus more effectively – either because of their interaction with citizens or simply because this may be helpful to their own internal procedures
1. A cash prize of two thousand Euros (2.000 €) for the best journalistic research
2. A software tools prize for data journalism that will be announced with the hackathon
Oikomedia.com is a digital platform, a specialized social network helping media professionals, journalists, media fixers, photographers and cameramen across the globe to meet, share ideas and experience and work together.
SciFY is a young but awarded not-for-profit organization that develops cutting-edge information technology systems and artificial intelligence applications. All our work is available for free to everyone as open source/open hardware, including the design, the implementation details, and the basic technical support.
We aim to developing friendly and useful “commercial products” that respond to real needs. We strive to maximize social benefit, help vulnerable groups of people and participate in economic growth. We aspire to provide solutions that change life, we actively promote our works and support them by creating communities in order to help them evolve and blossom.
We work with universities and technological institutes, while staying always in touch with the market, and we try to make the most of the research results as well as to bridge the gap between research and industry.
Cafebabel.com is the first European online media targeting young journalists, video makers, bloggers, translators, etc. which was founded in 2001 in France. Its key idea is to create a European public opinion, by apprehending every national issue from a European and international perspective that would provide a funkier, younger and fresher approach, thus eliminating tiring institutional discourse.
It is actually a pan-European young professionals’ network, such as journalists, bloggers, political scientists, photographers and translators. Our projects’ flagship is Europe on the Ground, which consists in sending every month a group of young European journalists in a European city, where they record local issues from a European perspective. In the frame of this project, Greek cafebabel.com group won the Charlemagne Youth Prize in May 2012.
The National Center for Scientific Research “Demokritos” is extremely significant not only for Greece but for the rest of the world. Its unique multidisciplinary research in the fields of physics, chemistry, nanotechnology, biology, informatics, telecommunications, nuclear science, energy and radiopharmaceuticals, leads to scientific excellence. Scientific and technological achievements, as well as its high quality post-graduate education, are very important too. It is a source of Scientific Excellence and Innovative Ideas and aims to having a leading role as a multidisciplinary research center at a European and international scale.
The NCSR “Demokritos” has its following national and international missions:
Participants are required to undertake the following actions:
Research shall be submitted in accordance with the following criteria:
shall be excluded
1. Fields of journalistic research:
Participants are allowed to carry out journalistic research on any of the fields mentioned below, concerning citizens who live in Greece and events that have taken, take or will take place in Greek reality within its geographical territory. The central elements of the journalistic research shall be the active civic and political participation, the public interest, the supervision of the work and the decisions of Greek public authorities, the action of civil society, the action of private and public legal persons in Greece, as well as the impact all these activities have on society as a whole or on economy. Research can deal with any of the following fields, either alone or in combination:
2. Type of research:
Participants are allowed to submit digital, television, radio and multimedia (video and slideshow) journalistic research.
The Civil Law Non For Profit Partnership with the name “CAFEBABEL GREECE” seated in Athens, Markou Evgenikou Street 7-9 (hereinafter referred to as “the Organiser”), organizes a contest (hereinafter referred to as “the Contest”) in the field of investigative journalism, the sense of which is more precisely explained below (1.1). The Contest is governed by the present terms and conditions. Please read them carefully before you apply for participating in the Contest. Participation in the Contest shall be deemed an unconditional and irrevocable acceptance of these terms and conditions, which is a requirement of each participant’s participation. In the event of disagreement with all or part of the terms of the Contest, you are requested not to apply.
1.1. The aim of the Contest is to nominate the best journalistic research, the selection of which will be made by a jury, according to the criteria stated below, which are unconditionally and irrevocably binding on all participants. For the purposes of the present Contest, “journalistic research” means:
The collection and processing of data, information and news, as well as the additional justification elements (written, digital, audiovisual documents, etc.), in order to inform the citizens and to protect the public interest and the community. Journalistic research shall respect among others the protection of personal data, the confidentiality of communications and the right to personal dignity. The winner will be awarded a cash prize of two thousand Euros (2.000 €), which will come from a legal sponsorship.
1.2. Duration of the Contest The Contest will take place from the 20th of November 2014 at 1 a.m., (hereinafter referred to as the “Opening date of the Contest”) until the 20th of March 2015 at 12 midnight (hereinafter referred to as the “Closing date of the Contest”).
1.3. Right to participate in the Contest.
1.3.1.Who can participate: Only natural persons from 18 to 30 years old (on the Opening date of the Contest) regardless of nationality and place of residence are eligible to take part in the Contest. Participants are not obliged to have a journalism degree from a public or private school, or to be journalism students. Natural persons meeting the age requirements are eligible to participate, even if they do not have professional experience in the field of journalism.
1.3.2. Concerning the researches: Participants can take part in the present Contest by submitting a research written in the Contest’s official language, which is Greek. Any other research written in a language other than Greek shall be sent accompanied by an official translation, the cost of which is the responsibility of the participants. The official translation shall be sent together with the original research. “Official translation” means the translation made by the Translation Service of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or by a lawyer. No other translation will be accepted. In case that the research is submitted without an official translation, it shall be excluded from the Contest and will not proceed to the next stages of it.
2.1. Concerning the Participants: The following categories are excluded from participating in the Contest:
2.2. Concerning the researches:
2.3. The Organizer reserves the right to exclude from the Contest any participant at any moment, if one or more of the terms stated above are not respected. Even after the award of the prize, the winner will be obliged to give back the prize that has been awarded to her/him. By accepting the present terms, participants declare and acknowledge the validity of any exclusion decisions made by the Organizer by explicitly and firmly surrendering their rights to challenge any exclusion decision for any reason.
3.1. Participants are required to undertake the following actions:
3.2. Research shall be submitted in accordance with the following criteria
4.1. Fields of journalistic research: Participants are allowed to carry out journalistic research on any of the fields mentioned below, concerning citizens who live in Greece and events that have taken, take or will take place in Greek reality within its geographical territory. The central elements of the journalistic research shall be the active civic and political participation, the public interest, the supervision of the work and the decisions of Greek public authorities, the action of civil society, the action of private and public legal persons in Greece, as well as the impact all these activities have on society as a whole or on economy. Research can deal with any of the following fields, either alone or in combination:
4.2. Type of research: Participants are allowed to submit digital, television, radio and multimedia (video and slideshow) journalistic research.
5.1. The jury will be announced in the Organizer’s webpage at the end of the Contest. All research (except of those who fall into one of the categories mentioned above, in the article 2), will be judged by the jury after the Closing date of the Contest, more precisely on the 21st of March 2015. Then the jury will meet in order to make the selection and announce the results. The best journalistic research shall respond to the following criteria: Scientific documentation of the journalistic research’s estimates and points of view, based on correlation, investigation and data analyze, will be taken into account. The research shall provide a meaningful contribution to society and serve public interest, as described above.
5.2. The jury will select one winner and 2 alternative prize-winners. The prize will be awarded to the first alternative winner in case: -the winner does not collect the prize within 5 days from the announcement of the results -she/he refuses to receive the prize -her/him participation is proved invalid or does not respect the Contest terms and conditions -it is impossible to get in touch with the winner within two (2) working days following the announcement of the results by the jury.
5.3. The winner and the alternative winners will be notified by the form/method of contact they provided to the Organizer when filling up the application form. The names of the winner and the alternative winners will be published on the Organizer’s specially designed webpage. By accepting the present terms, participants give their consent to the use of personal data by the Organizer, in order to announce the results on journalistic and social media.
6.1. The winner shall be awarded a cash prize of two thousand Euros (2.000 €), which will come from a legal sponsorship.
6.2. The winner shall receive the prize after showing her/his identity card or passport on the day and at the time announced by the Organizer.
6.3. The prize is personal, non-transferable, non-assignable, it can neither be inherited nor exchanged for other objects.
6.1. Valid participation” means any participation in the Contest meeting the following criteria:
8.1. By accepting the present terms, participants give their explicit and unreserved consent to the personal data collecting and processing by the processing responsible, that is to say, the Non-profit Civil Law Partnership with the name “CAFEBABEL GREECE”. Declared personal information will exclusively be used with the aim of disclosing information about the Contest in media and social networks and awarding the prize according to the present terms. Participants, the winner and alternative winners have the right to information, access and objection, in accordance with articles 11, 12 and 13 of Law 2472/1997. The winner’s and alternative winners’ personal data will be exclusively used for the performance of any action related to the carrying out of the Contest and for its promotion to the public through media and social networks. By accepting the present terms, participants give their consent to the publishing of their photos by the Organizer in media and social networks, taking into account that the photos in question are relevant to events during the Contest, such as the prize award ceremony.
9.1. Participation in the Contest is considered valid only if the research submitted is an original intellectual creation. In the event of any intellectual property infringement, participants shall bear full and sole responsibility for paying damages for any direct or indirect/consequential loss of both right holders and the Organizer. In any event, the Organizer declares its inability to check whether submitted researches comply with copyright provisions or not. For that reason, it will rely exclusively on the participants’ declaration regarding compliance with intellectual property provisions.
9.2. Participants should include in their journalistic research any data or information, only if they have legitimate right to publish, edit and use them in general.
9.3. It is prohibited to participate in the Contest in cases where journalistic research has vulgar, offensive, pornographic, racist, nationalist, or any other illegal content, that may infringe the rights of third parties or is contrary to the applicable legislation, accepted principles of morality and fair commercial behaviour. Participants should respect provisions concerning personal data protection, when using third parties data for the purposes of their journalistic research. Participants bear full and sole responsibility for the legality of the content of their journalistic research, as well as for their compliance with the provisions of the legislation and the Contest terms.
9.4. By accepting the present terms, participants explicitly declare that:
9.5. In the event of infringe of the Contest terms, the applicable legislation and any third parties’ right, the Organizer can either exclude participants and thus preventing them from moving to the next stages of the Contest (in case the infringe is revealed before the award of the prize) or revoke its decision concerning the winner, by obliging her/him to give back the prize, as well as to pay third parties or the Organizer any compensatory damage caused by the infringement of the present terms.
9.6. Any opinion, judgment or statement declared in the research is the creator’s opinion, and thus does not represent the Organizer nor the jury.
10.1. Participation in the Contest shall be deemed an unconditional and irrevocable acceptance of all Contest terms and conditions.
10.2. The Organizer shall not be responsible if, for any technical reason, submission of application forms is temporally impossible.
10.3. If needed, the Organizer reserves the right to partially or fully amend the Contest terms and conditions at its sole and absolute discretion without prior notice.
10.4. Any dispute arising concerning the Contest it shall be referred to Athens competent tribunals for resolution.
10.5 The present terms have been drawn up by the notary Ms Hara Spyridopoulou (Asclepios Street 26-28, Athens) and will be published on the specially designed webpage of the Organizer. Participants or third parties have the right to receive at their own expense a certified copy of the Contest terms and conditions.
Translation from Greek: Galinie Petri
Proofreading in English: Sarah Cates