By Exaro Team | 11 January 2013

Exaro Editor-in-Chief Mark Watts has been shortlisted in the editor’s category of the inaugural ‘European Awards for Journalism’.

The European Press Prize, formed by seven European media foundations, set up the awards to encourage high-quality journalism, in print and online, across all 47 countries of the continent.

The awards committee said: “Exaro is an insightful, agenda-setting website. Moreover, Watts has probably found a viable business model for serious investigative journalism. This is not standard, not-for-profit journalism, but document-based, niche performance at a high level of expertise.”

Exaro launched in October 2011. Watts leads a team of more than 30 journalists investigating stories that are being inadequately covered – or ignored – by the mainstream media.

Another British finalist for the ‘Editing Award’ is Jason Cowley of the New Statesman. The other editors shortlisted are Torry Pederson, of Norwegian newspaper, VG; Ihor Pochynok, of Express in Ukraine; Adam Reichardt, of New Eastern Europe Quarterly based in Poland.

The shortlist was drawn up by a panel chaired by Peter Preston, former editor of The Guardian.

Sir Harold Evans, editor-at-large for Thomson Reuters and editor of The Sunday Times when it campaigned for thalidomide victims, will lead a group of judges to decide on the winners on January 26 .

The European Press Prize

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