Visegrad Local Press Awards – a project leaded and implemented by Foundation Press Club Polska (PL), in partnership with Slovenský syndikát novinárov (SK), Syndikát novinářů České republiky (CZ) and Magyar Újságírók Országos Szövetsége (HU), being co-financed by the International Visegrad Fund, under the Visegrad Strategic Grants Programme 2012/2013, aims to honor local journalists, news creators, pundits & publicists who offer the fullest answers to the questions about the essence and significance of preserving local identity in contemporary social, political, economic and cultural life. The contest fosters a mutual exchange of experience thanks to the participation of the journalists from Poland, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Slovakia.

We would like to highlight the importance of the local press in creating regional identity and open dialogue on regionalism and its function in the everyday life of communities. Moreover, our aim is to encourage public opinion to take a closer look at the neighbouring “micro-worlds” in various contexts: economical, cultural, social ones as well as that of local institutions.

The element which constitutes the common denominator of the local life in all the V4 countries is the integration with the European Union and the influence exercised on local communities by the EU funds. For this reason, we expect that some entries will start from the broad description of the EU projects and then pass on to their micro-scale characterization, i.e direct influence, either positive or negative, on local communities.

The journalists publishing in print editions of local periodicals, the Internet editions (incl. blogs) and local supplements to the national editions are invited to enter the contest. The entries may be submitted in the following topic-based categories:
Local politics and institutions
Local economy
Local social problems
Local history, culture and heritage
Integration with the EU

Works are to show the life of local communities. The contest categories are specified on the Web site of the project. The Contest Committee will also give one Visegrad Prize for an article which presents clearly the shared problems and the solutions worked out by the member states of the Visegrad Group.

The adjudication panel will consist of the representatives of journalism, the media market and academic circles of Poland, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Slovakia.

All are kindly welcomed to participate!

If you want to learn more please contact:

In Polish & English & French: Wojtek Szpocinski at:

In Slovak & English: Zdeno Cho at:

In Czech & English & Polish: Ivana Sulakova at:

In Hungarian & English & Deutch: Szabolcs Szunyogh at: