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Central European Journal of Communication

Central European Journal of Communication

Scientific Journal of the Polish Communication Association

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The Media and Democracy Karol Jakubowicz Award 2020 – Winner announced



The Polish Communication Association and “Central European Journal of Communication” are institutional members of Media and Democracy Karol Jakubowicz Award. The Award aims at supporting scholars who conduct research on democracy, human rights, policy-making, media ethics and public service media.


This year’s edition of the Media and Democracy Karol Jakubowicz Award took place on July 15, 2020 at the Office of the Polish Ombudsman (Rzecznik Praw Obywatelskich – RPO). The Award in 2020 was granted to prof. Agnieszka Walecka-Rynduch for a monograph entitled „MediaEgo w MediaPolis. W stronę nowego paradygmatu komunikowania politycznego” [MediaEgo in MediaPolis. Towards a New Paradigm in Political Communication] (Kraków: Wydawnictwo Naukowe Uniwersytetu Pedagogicznego w Krakowie, 2019). The cermony at Warsaw’s office of RPO was attended by members of the Award Executive Committee: prof. Iwona Hofman (President of the Polish Communication Association), Małgorzata Semil-Jakubowicz (Founder of the Award), dr Hanna Machińska (Deputy Commissioner for Human Rights), prof. Michał Głowacki (Editor-in-chief of Central European Journal of Communication) and Halina Rostek (The National Broadcasting Council, Poland). Invitations to take part in the ceremony were also sent out prof. Janusz Adamowski (Dean of the Faculty of Journalism, Information and Book Studies, University of Warsaw), nominees for 2020 as well as previous Award winner prof. Maria Łoszewska-Ołowska (University of Warsaw). 


Dr. Karol Jakubowicz (1941–2013) was one of the leading advocates of media freedom in Europe and one of the most recognized Polish scholars in communications and media. He was Chairman of the Intergovernmental Council of the UNESCO Information for All Programme and Chairman of the Steering Committee on the Media and New Communication Services at the Council of Europe. Karol Jakubowicz served as an expert on media regulation in Poland and other countries in Central and Eastern Europe. He worked with several international organizations, such as the European Union, the European Broadcasting Union, and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe.

“Central European Journal of Communication” and its Associate Editors of CEJC will now play an active role in nominating publications for the next year’s edition of Media and Democracy Karol Jakubowicz Award with a hope that the Award will become international from 2021 edition.  

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Text: Dagmara Sidyk, Photo: Dagmara Derda