Sophie Mergen and Claudia Frickel are the two winners of the eleventh edition of the Belgodyssée competition. They received their prize from King Philippe on Thursday, reveals the King Baudoin Foundation. The annual competition organised by RTBF and VRT (two public broadcasters) with dailies L’Avenir and Metro and with the King Philippe Fund, rewards young reporters in training from all three Belgian communities. The sixteen reporters shortlisted this year were asked to explore the topic of “new forms of solidarity.”
Sophie Mergen, a UCL student from Schaerbeek, reported on “private initiatives and solidarity organisations by young Muslims.” Claudia Frickel, a VUB student from Aalter, focussed on the non-profit Aditi, which offers sex guidance and care to disabled people. Both reporters have won a 6-month-long paid internship with RTBF and VRT respectively.
The prize for the best collaboration between two reporters goes to Nicolas Lowyck (Ihecs, Mouscron) and Janne Vandevelde (KULeuven, Antwerp). The prize for the best written contribution goes to Eglantine Nyssen (UCL, Meux) for a text published by L’Avenir.
The candidates worked closely with the news departments of RTBF and VRT, explains the King Baudoin Foundation, which runs the King Philippe Fund. Online reporting was emphasised this year: young reporters were asked to produce something on the web and bring it alive on social media.”