Writing for CEE - Journalism Prize

About APA – Austria Press Agency

APA - Austria Press Agency is the country's national news agency and Austria's leading information service provider. It is owned by Austrian newspapers and the national broadcasting service ORF.

APA-Group is comprised of the APA news agency and nine subsidiaries and operates in business segments including the news agency, picture agency, information management and information technology. The group also comprises international holdings in Switzerland (picture agency) and in Germany (mobile publishing solutions).

APA's editorial departments supply real-time news services in word, image, graphics, audio and video formats and produce content for print, web, screens, tablets, smartphones and much more. The subsidiaries provide distribution, research and knowledge management services as well as information technology solutions. APA-Group's companies target professional users (information managers, PR experts and IT specialists) in the media, politics and government offices as well as business. Independent of state, government and political parties, APA carries out its tasks based on the principles of reliability, speed and balance and refrains from any bias or partiality.

The APA as a CEE Agency

Because of its geopolitical position at the centre of Europe, Austria ranks as one of the most important information "hubs" between Western and Eastern Europe. As the Austrian news agency, the APA - Austria Presse Agentur plays a key role in this.

In addition to exchanging information with national news agencies the APA has put together a network of correspondents. Competent journalists report in accordance with the APA quality criteria, namely speed, independence and balance, on events in several neighbouring countries and provide reliable information from this economically and politically important part of Europe. www.apa.at

About Bank Austria

Bank Austria Bank Austria, a member of UniCredit, a leading European commercial bank, is the financially most sound bank in Austria. It is a modern and dynamic universal bank giving its customers access to international financial markets.

Bank Austria has emerged from Austrian banks with a rich tradition. In 1991, "Länderbank" and "Zentralsparkasse der Gemeinde Wien" merged to "Bank Austria". In 1997 Bank Austria and Creditanstalt merged followed by the integration of Bank Austria and HypoVereinsbank (HVB) in 2000. Bank Austria Creditanstalt became a member of UniCredit Group in 2005. Since 2008, the bank has been operating under the "Bank Austria" brand name.

Bank Austria has repeatedly been nominated "Best Bank", "Bank of the Year" and "Best Bank in Austria" by "Euromoney", "The Banker" and "Global Finance".

For further information please visit our website at www.bankaustria.at.