PRESS RELEASE published on 28 Mar 2014 • Department / Unit Communications Media Online

EBU-LSE Polis Journalism Fellowship winner announced

20140328_kamila_varadzinova.pngThe EBU has announced the winner of the second EBU - London School of Economics (LSE) Polis journalism fellowship. It goes to Kamila Varadzinová* from the public service broadcaster Czech Radio for her research work, which will focus on the use of voting aid applications to add value to the coverage of elections.

Polis Director, Charlie Beckett, announced the winner at the Polis Journalism Conference, in London.  The month long research fellowship was offered on a competitive basis to public service journalists working for EBU Member organizations.

Professor Beckett said: "The great thing about this fellowship is that it shows how public service journalists across Europe are coming up with innovative new ways to deliver value to the citizen.

"Despite the challenges of the new media environment it proves that they can re-invent the idea of public service in the digital age," he added.

Annika Nyberg Frankenhaeuser, EBU Media Director commented: "I warmly congratulate Kamila Varadzinová and am looking forward to the outcome her research. It will be of particular interest to broadcasters in a year when a large part of Europe will be taking part in the EU parliamentary elections."

She continued: “This is about innovation and finding new ways to help citizens to make informed decisions when they vote. It is an essential part of what public service media is all about."

Kamila Varadzinová's paper will be published by the EBU and Polis. The deadline for completion of the report is 1 July 2014.

*About Kamila Varadzinová

Kamila works as an Analyst and User Experience Designer at Czech Radio. She has been involved in a wide range of design projects (including websites for children, ATM screens and various mobile applications). She has worked on commercial projects for companies such as T-Mobile, Pilsner Urquell and GE Money Bank. Kamila is currently designing a voting aid application.

About Polis

Polis is a joint initiative of LSE's Department of Media & Communications and the London College of Communication, aimed at working journalists, people in public life and students in the UK and around the world. Polis is a forum where journalists and the wider world examines and discusses the media and its impact on society.