RIAS Media Prize to award $12,000 for transatlantic reporting

December 16, 2020 11:00

The RIAS Berlin Commission, longtime RTDNF German-American journalist exchange partner, has announced the relaunch of its Media Awards.

The RIAS Media Prizes are awarded to journalists who have implemented extraordinary ideas on transatlantic or mutually interesting topics with high-quality reporting.

The 2021 prizes will award total of up to $12,000 (10,000 EUR) in prize money for exceptional radio, television and digital stories, including a new grand prize for the single-most outstanding entry broadcast in either the United States or Germany during the year 2020.

U.S. journalists who have reported on German-American topics or issues of transatlantic importance are invited to enter. Prizes will be awarded in television, radio and digital formats, and RIAS Fellows are also invited to enter a RIAS Fellow Prize category.

Entries are due January 31, 2021. Learn more and enter here.

The prize winners will be feted at an awards ceremony in Berlin on June 10, 2021, conditions permitting, and all winners are invited to attend. Excerpts of winning work will be featured in the ceremony.

Past winners have included New Hampshire Public Radio for reporting on heroin addiction and treatment in Germany and CBS News’ “60 Minutes” for coverage of the German justice system.

Created in 1995 by the German-American Commission that is dedicated to promoting broadcast journalism exchanges in both countries and keeping alive the spirit of the legendary Cold War-era “Radio in American Sector,” the RIAS Media Award has become a coveted prize for journalists in both the United States and Germany over the last 25 years.

The RIAS Media Prize aims to strengthen the diversity of transatlantic dialogue and to deepen interest in German-American relations. Committed, independent journalism can contribute to the mutual understanding and to an open social discourse about values and goals of and between the countries. The RTDNF has co-sponsored and administered German-American exchange programs since 1993 to give journalists the opportunity to learn directly about Germany's culture, politics and practice of journalism.


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