Mathias Corvinus Collegium

Gábor Komáromy Scholarship

Cook Communications

Call for applications

Budapest, 8th November 2016 – Cook Communications, a full-service Public Relations agency with offices in Budapest, Prague, Sofia, Bucharest and Warsaw, and the Mathias Corvinus Collegium (MCC) in Budapest are pleased to announce that applications are invited for the 2016 Gábor Komáromy Scholarship for news reporting. The Gábor Komáromy Scholarship was established in 2010 by Cook Communications and the MCC to support the critical and practical study of news reporting. It is open to all full-time students in Hungary, regardless of their field of study. It provides up to €1,200, of which the successful applicant will receive up to €900, mentoring from experienced Hungarian and international journalists and membership of the MCC’s media and communications programme. Up to €300 will be allocated to books and periodicals for the Gábor Komáromy Media Library at the MCC. The 2016-17 Gábor Komáromy Scholarship will be awarded to the applicant who, in the opinion of the selection committee, submits the most compelling story idea and most feasible work schedule for his or her reporting project. Related to the general topic or issue a specific story has to be told in the project plans. All proposals, whether on politics, business, sport, economics, culture, social affairs or science, will need to demonstrate their relevance, topicality and importance, i.e. they should pass the “so what?” test. The successful applicant will be required to write a series of at least three news reports or news feature articles to deadline, in English and Hungarian, that could be considered for publication by the national and international media.

 How to apply

 Applicants must be full-time Bachelor’s or Master’s students in Hungary, have excellent English language skills and demonstrate critical thinking and a commitment to journalism. They should submit in Hungarian and English a letter of introduction, a CV and a short synopsis of their proposed reporting project, which must include:

-          Presentation of story idea and news angle.

-          Questions that the applicant seeks to answer in the series of articles

-          A timetable for the delivery of the three articles

-          Indication of sources that the applicant plans to contact

Applications should be sent to and by January  5th 2017. Shortlisted applicants will be called for interview in early January and will be expected to present a detailed synopsis of their project. The applicants can find more information about the scholarship on the website:

The 2016 Gábor Komáromy Scholarship selection committee

  Ágota Révész: academic, former Hungarian diplomat, former teacher at the MCC; Joe Cook: founder of Cook Communications; Adam LeBor: author and journalist.; Gábor Lambert: editor-in-chief of the Figyelő; András Pethő: journalist, co-funder and senior editor of Direkt36; Zoltán Szalai: managing director of the MCC; Bálint Molnár: director of the MCC Media Studies Programme.

The scholarship is named after Gábor Komáromy, a founding partner of Cook Communications in Hungary and Chair of the Media and Communications Department at the MCC. He passed away in early 2010. Gábor was a staunch advocate of press freedom and of objective independent news reporting. He was quick to embrace the possibilities of the Internet and was an early champion of on-line journalism. He drew on his background as a news reporter and an editor to give his students a practical understanding of English-language journalism, and he encouraged them to take a critical approach towards the media, corporate communications, consumer advertising and the political economy.  Gábor was an award-winning news reporter on local newspapers in California, and was a managing editor at one of Hungary’s first on-line magazines, He was educated in Hungary, Libya and the US, where he gained an MA in Print Journalism at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. Upon returning to his native Hungary in 1997, Gabor lectured in English-language journalism at the Department of Communications at the Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest, where he also founded and ran the Multimedia Laboratory. Gábor was among the first to write about the Internet in Hungarian, publishing Légy boldog az Interneten (Find Happiness on the Internet) in 1995 and going on to write a further six books about the Internet and computing. He was an accomplished translator, from Hungarian to English and vice versa, who translated seven books, the last being Pharrajimos: the fate of the Hungarian Roma during the Holocaust edited by Bársony and Daróczi and published by IDEA. Gábor is survived by Ágota and their son, Julian.

 Previous Gábor Komáromy Scholars

Krisztina Balogh proposal centred on the adoption process in Hungary, the reasons behind the low adoption rates of Roma children, and the wider positive and negative stereotypes towards Hungarian Roma. Bence Pintér wrote a series of articles about the increasing number of migrants seeking refuge in or via Hungary. Two scholarships were awarded in 2012 to Anna Csonka and Barbara Péterfi, and special recognition was conferred on Dániel G. Szabó. Anna reported on the regulatory, public procurement and transparency aspects of the response to the 2010 environmental disaster at an aluminium processing plant in the Hungarian town of Devecser. Barbara reported on Hungary’s “brain drain” of young Hungarians wanting to emigrate in search of education and employment opportunities. Dániel G. Szabó’s proposal to look at freedom of information regarding the accountability and transparency of the distribution of public money by student union officials received special recognition. The 2011 Gábor Komáromy scholar was Dóra Laborczi, who wrote a series of articles about Roma women and children living in the most disadvantaged regions of Hungary. Dora’s reporting inspired the MCC media student programme to organize a conference about Hungarian Roma in May 2012. Further details and links to the articles published as part of the projects: For further information please contact: Cook Communications  Joe Cook: Tel.: + 420. 602 683230; Email: Mathias Corvinus Collegium - Éva Gacsályi-Varga; Tel.: +36. 30. 235 3766; Email: