For the second time and in two categories, the NRW Foundation has now honored outstanding and forward-looking local journalistic projects in front of 250 guests in Düsseldorf. Winner in the category "New voice in the local" was Made in Bocholt. Above all, the jury of independent experts from media practice and science had convinced the range of the offer as well as the focus on the interaction with the audience.
The explanatory statement reads: "Here is someone at work who cares, who wants to promote living together, but who also puts his finger in the wound when something goes wrong. In short: who wants to contribute with his Internet offer to the community in Bocholt works - and knows that this can not succeed without informed citizens. "The award handed over Sandra Weiss and Andrea Hansen to Berthold Blesenkemper.
The on-site NRW prizes are each endowed with 2.500 €, the two recognition prizes each receive 1250 €. 40 journalistic projects from 18 cities throughout North Rhine-Westphalia had been submitted.
Simone Jost-Westendorf, Managing Director of Vorstadt NRW, said: "We deliberately want to honor innovative online projects that tell exciting stories, try new journalistic approaches and thus enrich the local media landscape in NRW. With the category New Voice in Local, we also highlight projects that complement the local media offering and fill in journalistic gaps. "
There was a recognition award for "The Anabaptists", Nils Dietrich www.wiedertaeufer.ms , from Münster. In the category Innovative format in the local won "The last days of a ghost village: How the coal mining in the Rhineland devours whole places", Matthias Schwarzer multimedia.nw.de/garzweiler (NW.de) and the Recognition Award "The Foray", Andreas Dörnfelder, Massimo Bognanni, Thomas Schmelzer, Jessica Springfield, Martina Held, Sarah Kraft, Irina Jablonowska handelsblatt.com/beutezug (Handelsblatt.com).