> Evaluation

Introducing the panel of judges

The evaluation of over 120 entries for the 1st edition of the Migration Media Award in 2017 has been carried out by an independent panel of seven judges composed of reputed journalist. Their number and composition took account of the number of eligible entries in three languages and four categories.

Based on the results of the judges' evaluation, the award scheme’s Steering Group, composed of the award partners, developed a final recommendation regarding first, second and third prize winners for DG NEAR of the EU Commission. DG NEAR approved this recommendation.


Aboubakr Jamai

Aboubakr Jamai

Aboubakr Jamai is currently a University professor at IAU College in Aix-en-Provence, and an award winning Moroccan editor and journalist. He is the co-founder of Le Journal and Lakome.com in Morocco

Read more

Aidan White

Aidan White

Aidan White is the Director of the Ethical Journalism Network, the global organisation of the world’s major media professional groups which promotes ethics, good governance and self-regulation of journalism across all media platforms.

Read more

Asiem El Difraoui

Asiem El Difraoui

Dr Asiem El Difraoui is a political scientist, economist and documentary film director. He is, currently, a Senior Fellow at the Institute for Media and Communication Policy Berlin. From 2010 to October 2012 he was a Research Associate

Read more

Claude Guibal

Claude Guibal

Claude Guibal is an award winning Radio France journalist for her coverage of the Arab Spring from Cairo, and a book author. Her main area of expertise is the Middle East and radical Islam.

Read more

Jean-Paul Marthoz

Jean-Paul Marthoz

Jean-Paul Marthoz is a journalist, a foreign affairs columnist at the Brussels daily Le Soir, a frequent guest to Belgian public broadcaster RTBF and Paris based TV5.

Read more

Magda Abu-Fadil

Magda Abu-Fadil

Magda Abu-Fadil is director of Media Unlimited. She brings years of experience as a foreign correspondent and editor with international news organizations such as Agence France-Presse and United Press International. She headed the Journalism

Read more

Mark Micallef

Mark Micallef

Mark Micallef is an investigative journalist and researcher specialised on human smuggling and trafficking. He has been engaged with migration from Africa to Europe for over ten years and has reported extensively from Libya.

Read more

Open Media Hub

Open Media Hub

Evaluations were also carried out by the media partner of the award scheme: OPEN Media Hub key experts Dominique Thierry, Anthony Headley and Petko Georgiev. Evaluation of entries in Arabic was supported by NKE Sana Youssef.

Read more

What were the criteria for evaluating the applications?

The content of the entry must have been related to migration issues in the Euro-Mediterranean region. Refer to the Eligibility & Application section for more details on eligibility, topics, sub-topics and geographical limitations. The evaluation was allocated a maximum of 50 out of 150 points to the proposal for a 2nd production and 100 points to the already published story.
The following criteria was amounted to 1/3 (50 points) of the total score.

  • For the proposed 2nd production: Clarity and quality of the proposal, relevance of the choice of angle, storytelling approach, potential impact on the target audiences and general public.

The following criteria was amounted to 2/3 (100 points) of the total score:

  • 70 points for the journalistic story-telling quality: qualification and balance of sources, accuracy, story angle, newsworthiness, human interest, narrative structure, storytelling, fairness.
  • 20 points for the social-economic and cultural context and media rights, i.e. the difficulties faced by the journalist to tell the story, innovative approach, dissemination and indication of audience reach as well as the economic, political and cultural context in the country of operation.
  • 10 points for the journalistic technical quality (video/radio/online/print): image/sound/structure and editing, illustrations;

How were the applications evaluated?

Initially, each entry’s eligibility will be checked. In case of any missing element the journalist will be informed and allowed to complete his/her application within one week.

Secondly, each eligible entry will be evaluated according to a scoring board based on the above criteria. Please consider that your already published story will be evaluated with 2/3 while the proposal for a 2nd production will be evaluated with 1/3 of all points.