NRC journalist Caroline de Gruyter nominated for European Press Prize

Vienna-based columnist receives nod for Commentator Award, an annual prize awarded to a commentator, columnist or editor whose work has had a decisive impact.

Caroline de Gruyter, Vienna-based correspondent and columnist for the Dutch daily newspaper NRC, has been nominated for the European Press Prize for 2017. She was selected for her ,,thoughtful writing and her perception and knowledge of EU affairs”, it was announced on Thursday. The winner will receive 10.000 euro.
De Gruyter was nominated for The Commentator Award for six columns about European politics. The prize is awarded annually to a commentator, columnist or editor whose work has had a decisive impact.

Other nominees in the same category include six journalists whose work appeared in The Guardian, Die Zeit, Newsweek Polska, The Sunday Times and the Dutch online news platform De Correspondent.

Overall, the organisation nominated 28 journalists in four categories. In addition to De Gruyter and De Correspondent’s Sinan Çankaya, Dutch nominees include Christiaan Triebert from the investigative website Bellingcat, who was nominated for The Innovation Award.

For De Gruyter, it is the second consecutive nomination for the Commentator Award. Last year, it was won by Financial Times commentator Gideon Rachman. NRC’s Middle East correspondent Gert van Langendonck won the Special Award for his series ‘Op naar Europa’ (‘On to Europe’) last year.

The awards have been presented since 2012 by the European Press Prize foundation. Their goal is to guarantee, encourage and honour quality European journalism. The winners will be announced on April 20.