The 2017 Kryvenko Award for Progress in Journalism Goes to Roman Vintoniv


The first day of the V Lviv Media Forum was marked by the Olexandr Kryvenko Award for Progress in Journalism presentation ceremony. This year, the Chapter of the Postup Newspaper presented the Award to Roman Vintoniv, journalist, producer and host of the Michael Shchur Project.

“If I had to put in one word, why this man has deserved the Kryvenko Award, I would say – for sanitation. There is nothing healthier than irony. It breaks fossil areas in the human brain and makes you take a new look at familiar things. The fudge of our reality becomes apparent only when you make out in a bunny outfit next to it. Irony succeeds in making the revolution happen far better than rants.

Our today’s awardee has shown that he can be more serious and more responsible than many of us. And that, without losing a grain of his unique sense of humour. Our society is in no short supply of frustration and a lack of confidence. Irony may be the haemoglobin that conveys important information to those places in society that don’t want to hear anything else. Thus, in this case, “progress in journalism” also means “promotion of serious journalism in the territory occupied by entertainment,” said Otar Dovzhenko, Lecturer with the UCU School of Journalism.

The Award for Progress in Journalism was established by the Chapter of Postup, which unites the friends and colleagues of the prominent journalist and editor Olexandr Kryvenko, who died in a road accident on April 9, 2003.

It is a tradition that the Kryvenko Award presentation ceremony is followed by the Liberty Address. The honour to deliver his year’s Address fell to the poet Borys Khersonskyi.

“Speaking of journalists, the main thing is to work with facts. I understand that this Award is given to “Michael Shchur”, but “Michael Shchur” is a team. Everyone on our team takes facts seriously, and, more importantly, – we fight stereotypes, even our very own. Life is not black-and-white, and stereotypes make it come across as though it were, but this is just a fragment of the truth,” said Roman Vintoniv after collecting the 2017 Kryvenko Award.

As a reminder, the Award is presented annually in May on the occasion of Olexandr Kryvenko’s birth anniversary. The awards ceremony has been part of Lviv Media Forum since 2013. Throughout the years, the recipients of the Award for Progress in Journalism included Serhiy Rakhmanin, Volodymyr Ariev, Serhiy Leshchenko, Vakhtang Kipiani, Marcin Wojciechowski, Olena Prytula, Mustafa Nayyem, Yulia Mostova, Kostyantyn Usov, Oleksa Shalayskyi, Kristina Berdynskykh, Levko Stek, and Natalia Sedletska.

V Lviv Media Forum is supported by the National Endowment for Democracy NED, the German Marshall Fund (U.S.), the EU Delegation to Ukraine, the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine. Dragon Capital Investment Company acts as the primary sponsor of the event.