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Citi Journalistic Excellence Award was introduced in Greece for the first time


Athens, April 3, 2012.

Citi presented the 1st Journalistic Excellence Award to Mr. Yannis Palaiologos, Director of Free Sunday newspaper, in the context of the relevant contest, which aims at supporting and advancing quality journalism. The award is a two-week seminar in business and finance reporting at the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism of New York, with Citi’s sponsorship.

The commendation to Mr. Palaiologos as well as the Commendation Certificate on their distinction at the contest to Mr. George Savvakis/euro2day, Thanassis Koukakis /Τa Νea and Eleftheria Kourtali/Κerdos took place at Citi’s premises, in the presence of journalists and the Greek jury members.

The Citi Journalistic Excellence Award is a global program of Citi, established 29 years ago, which aims at enhancing quality journalism, by recognizing outstanding financial and business reporting across many countries in Citi’s worldwide network. It is addressed to journalists of business and finance reporting, who submit an extensive financial article, published in 2011.

The judging panel, composed by Mr. Christos Gortsos, Secretary General of Hellenic Bank Association, Mr. Nikos Demertzis, Professor at Communication & Mass Media Dpt, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and President of State Scholarships Foundation, Mrs. Marianna Moschou, President of ELEPAP and Citi Alumni and Mr. Nikos Travlos, Dean of ALBA Graduate Business School graded the 13 submitted articles based on the below mentioned attributes:

  • Originality of thinking
  • Introducing new ideas and perceptions
  • Analysis and understanding of the subject
  • Use of research method with or without interview
  • Impact the article leads to discussion and/or action

Following this, the internationally recognized Cοlumbia Graduate School of Journalism in New York pronounced the final winner for the contest in Greece among 4 finalists, as 2 were equally graded, considering the 4 articles translated in English, as these were submitted by the nominees.

The Columbia seminar offers to 24 selected journalists from 19 countries, the opportunity to engage with personalities that drive global economy (policy-makers, established members of the US business community, media, academics) and to attend intensive workshops on accounting and economics. Among the speakers who have participated in previous seminars is the Nobel Prize winner and professor of Columbia κ. Joseph Stiglitz, the professors of Columbia Mr. R. Glenn Hubbard, Mr. Jagdish Bhagwati, Mr. Jeffrey Sachs, the previous presidents of FED, Mr. William McDonough and Mr. Timothy Geithner as well as the Ambassador Mr. Felix Rohatyn.

The award was presented by Mr. Grant Carson, Citi Country Officer who commented:
«We are pleased to have had such a good response from the journalistic community in taking part in this program which Citi has been running globally for  29-years.
We believe that encouraging quality journalism can have multiple benefits for both the public, through the provision of objective, accurate and comprehensive information, and the proper functioning of markets and a healthy business environment that Greece needs now more than ever. We are optimistic that the program will continue in Greece and that more journalists from the large and competent Greek journalistic community will have the chance to benefit from the great award of the Columbia University seminar that Citi offers».


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