Five distinguished journalists were honored by the Greek branch of the European Journalists’ Association this week for their high standards and European orientation. The awards were presented at the Theodoros Karatzas Hall of the National Bank, which has sponsored the awards since 2004. The branch’s president, Stavros Papaioannou, and Athanassios Papandropoulos, the honorary president of the International European Journalists’ Association – both of whom are journalists in the financial press – introduced the prizewinners, who were presented with their awards by the Bank’s CEO Takis Arapoglou, who referred to the work of the late journalist Constantine Kalligas, after whom the prizes are named. «These are our own Oscars,» he told the audience. The winners included Danae Dimitrakopoulou, publisher and editor of the newspaper Eleftheria in Larissa, Nikos Sombolos, head of the Athens Journalists’ Union and head of Mega channel’s crime desk, and newscaster Terence Quick, who said it was the first prize he had received in his 40-year career. In fact, he said he would be expanding the broadcasting of his morning show on Star channel to European capitals. Not a bad idea, and he is the right person to do it. Awards also went to Dimitris Zannidis, head of the Botsis Foundation, and Christos Telidis, Ethnos’s correspondent for northern Greece and the Balkans.