The Maciej Płażyński Award honours the work of journalists and media who serve the Polish Diaspora (in Polish – the Polonia). The intention behind the award was to keep alive in the memory of Poles its patron, Maciej Płażyński, anti-communist opposition activist, first non-communist governor of the Gdańsk Voivodship, Marshal of the Sejm and Vice-Marshal of the Senate, president of the Polish Community Association 'Wspólnota Polska', man of wide horizons and long-sighted views for Poland and the world, and for whom the well-being of Poles living abroad was always of particular importance.
The award is presented annually for journalistic work the previous year in four categories:Polonia journalist, Polish-based journalist concerned with Polonia themes, foreign journalist concerned with Polonia themes and Polonia editorial office.
The prizes in each of the three journalist categories include a statue and a 10,000 zloty prize or a statue in the Polonia editorial office category.
The award, of special importance to the Emigration Museum in Gdynia, was initiated by the Press Club Polska, Jakub Płażyński, the Mayors of Gdańsk, Sopot and Gdynia, the Marshal of the Pomeranian Voivodeship and the Pomeranian Foundation. Honorary patrons of the award are the Marshal of the Senate of the Republic of Poland and the Minister of Foreign Affairs.