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2018 Honor of Profession Journalism Contest Announces Winners 

May 15 – Independent Association of Broadcasters and Ukrainian Association of Media Business – two long-standing organizers of the “Honor of the Profession” journalism contest – hosted the award ceremony to announce the winners of the 2018 professional competition. This year, 582 journalism works were submitted.

While opening the ceremony, Internews’ Regional Director for Europe and Eurasia Gillian McCormack told that our organization has been proud to support this contest since its foundation back in 2010.

“Honor of the Profession” is often called the Ukrainian Pulitzer because of its commitment to professional standards and very specific criteria for evaluating the work of participants, looking for extraordinary quality in terms of reporting. Honor of the Profession has always recognized the most distinguished examples of public service by a media company, and so it ranks among the most prestigious awards in Ukraine for the media to win,” McCormack said.

Here are the 2018 winners in the five main nominations:

“For the best coverage of a complicated topic” – Maryana Verbovska from Zaxid.net webportal. She is the author of four multimedia stories showing people suffering from climate changes in Odesa Oblast.

“For the best journalist material with a strong civic position” – Bogdan Kutepov from Hromadske.ua for his film “Genichesk: the story of Ukraine’s only mine trailing ship.” The vessel’s crew remained faithful to Ukraine when Russia annexed Crimea.

“Hope of journalism” – Anna Kalaur from “Slidstvo.Info” team for her investigative report “With word and body” exposing sexual harassment at the University of Humanities in Rivne in the north-west of Ukraine. Read our story here.

“For the best coverage of a high-profile case” – Lesya Ivanova from Channel 24 for her report about “Armoured-friends: how President Poroshenko’s buddies are making money on army contracts” as part of the series for “Nashi Hroshi” investigative journalism TV series.

“For the best reportage” – Anton Semyzhenko from Insider web portal for his reports about a former builder from Luhansk who collected data on criminal acts in Donbas.

In a special nomination “Charge against corruption” Maria Zemlyanska from Svidomo investigative journalism center became the winner for her report “The honorable matter”, a story about an honest judge in Poltava who dared to challenge the city’s mayor over land allocation and was attacked by the authorities as a result.

In another special nomination – “Constructive journalism” – Maryana Verbosvka from Zaxid.net web portal became the winner for her report “By the route of Ukrainian elephants” about a village community in Odesa region mobilizing to adapt their households to the climate change.

Read Internews’ Regional Director for Europe and Eurasia Gillian McCormack’s welcoming speech during the ceremony: Honor of Profession Speech_15May18_eng

More on the Contest’s official website in Ukrainian  

Read more on Hromadske.ua (in Ukrainian).

Photo: Oleksandra Chernova/Hromadske