The Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences encourage dialogue between science and society. In this dialogue, journalists have an important role to play by critically analysing complex subjects and by processing them for the wider public. With various prizes the academies would like to honour and promote journalistic work.
The Prix Média is annually awarded and endowed with 5,000 Swiss Francs to honour a scientific media product. In addition, with the Prix Média Newcomer, the academies promote the work of a young journalist (aged 32 or younger) also with 5,000 Swiss Francs annually. Young journalists applying for the Prix Média are automatically considered for the Prix Média Newcomer too.
The Media Promotion Prizes are awarded to honour relevance and originality of planned scientific journalism projects.