Belarus in Focus 2013’ is the third edition of an annual competition for journalists writing about Belarus for the international media. This year, 67 articles were submitted from 55 authors from 14 countries.
By increasing the amount of good quality articles about Belarus in the international media, the aim behind the competition is to draw the attention of the international community to issues inside Belarus which, in turn, can strengthen ties with Belarusian society.
After a month-long judging process, the jury – headed by Prof. David R. Marples, University of Alberta (UK/Canada), and consisting of Andrei Aliaksandrau, Index on Censorship (Belarus/UK), Michael Andersen, NIRAS (Denmark), Maria Przełomiec, Telewizja Polska (Poland) and Pavel Sheremet, Belarus Partisan (Belarus/Russia) – chose winners in two categories, Professional Journalists and Beginner Journalists.
The judjing panel particularly noted that the level of Beginners’ articles was lofty; Belsat TV journalist Katerina Barushka (Przybylska) is among the winners in this category for her work Belarus: No Beggars Allowed, Transitions Online, Sept 4, 2013
Katerina Barushka (Przybylska) works for Belsat TV in Minsk and Warsaw. She also writes for foreign media outlets such as Transitions Online and New Eastern Europe. Her main interests are social processes, politics, urban development, mass culture, the history of the 90s and gender equality.
Belarus in Focus is an annual international competition for journalists writing about Belarus for international media, organized by Solidarity with Belarus Information Office and Press Club Polska. In 2013, it was supported by the Nordic Council of Ministers and NIRAS.