The category Newcomer of the Year in Journalism recognises talented new journalists who have put in a strong performance when it comes to reporting the news. The nominees all demonstrate exceptional commitment to press freedom and independent coverage and use innovative methods to disseminate this information.

Nominees in the category Newcomer of the Year show extraordinary dedication to journalism as a means to hold those in power accountable and to serve as a watchdog in the public interest. They manage to share stories that would otherwise be left untold. In recognition of his or her achievements, the winner of the Newcomer of the Year - Hans Verploeg Award will receive a media scholarship.

Entrees open for Free Press Awards 2020!

You can now nominate a journalist for the Free Press Awards 2020 in the category Newcomer of the Year - Hans Verploeg Award. The deadline to nominate a journalist is September 1st 2020. Please note that:

  • A nomination for yourself will not be taken into consideration;
  • You can only choose one category for your nominee, nominations for both categories will not be taken into consideration.

Nominate a journalist!

Please fill out the following form to submit your nomination in the category Newcomer of the Year - Hans Verploeg Award.

Nomination form: Newcomer of the Year

Feel free to contact us if you have any further questions, concerns or encounter a problem submitting your online nomination form.