Grimme Online Award: Podcasts won the “Oscars on the Web”.

Status: 06/24/2022 07:24 AM

The “Grimme Online Award” is one of the most important in the German-speaking Internet world. Premium offers are awarded – also from individuals. The award was presented Thursday evening as part of a ceremonial gala at Flora in Cologne. WDR digital expert Jörg Schep was in attendance – presenting the winners.

The Grimme Online Award is given to the best online presentations available in German: websites, YouTube content, online reports and research projects. A total of eight shows took the award, highly coveted in the industry and considered by many insiders as the “Oscar of the German-speaking web,” at Flora in Cologne. Attendance returned for the first time in three years.

The Grimme Online Awards Gala on June 23 in Flora, Cologne

Photo: WDR / Jörg Schieb

The nomination committee had to choose the best performances from hundreds of submissions – the jury spoiled the selection to choose the most deserving of the award. Shows that deal with a variety of topics – sometimes on different platforms.

Many award-winning shows tell stories today in videos, on websites, in podcasts, and on social media at the same time: Manufacturers use all channels of play – and also the power of the media involved. One of the strengths of podcasts, for example, is that people take their time here – and can be told in detail. This works especially well on premium displays.

Guantanamo and the environment in the east

A classic podcast honored in the “Information” category is “My Salah: 14 Years at Guantánamo”. In this twelve-part podcast from NDR, the authors tell an extraordinary life story in the context of Islamic terrorism. How does he see his actions? What did imprisonment and torture do to him? In addition to El-Salahi, former companions also have their say – and there’s a conversation between Mohamed Slahi and his executioner. This creates closeness and gives an important subject the necessary space.

The 12-part podcast documentary “Salahi” impressively documents conditions at Guantanamo Bay.

Photo: WDR/Schieb

The interactive documentary ‘Environment in East Germany’ also won the MDR Award in the ‘Information’ category. For decades, the planned economy of the German Democratic Republic with its environmental sins has brought nature to the brink of its resilience. In the interactive documentary, users travel from the air through the biosphere to land – thus learning a great deal about the nature of nature and the damage that environmental sins can cause and still affect today.

Storytelling: Reports and Stories

One of the particular strengths of some excellent online shows is how intensely they deal with topics that play little or no role in everyday life and in today’s media. Case in point Kandvala: Young photojournalists Sitara Thalia Ambrosio and Ivan Furlan Cano, aged 19 and 20, have collected close-up interactive documents.

The makers spoke extensively with people fleeing the Bosnian border, in the destroyed building “Kandvala” – hence the name of the project. The two sensitively photographed young people, recording their fears, longings and hopes in photos, videos, audios and texts. A show that makes you think.

Make history tangible

Some award winning shows also try to make history understandable. This is especially true of the “Nuclear Games” show, awarded in the “Knowledge and Education” category – which is currently regaining relevance due to the conflict in Ukraine and the energy crisis. In a mixture of interactive animation and documentation, the filmmakers tell about the threat eight decades of nuclear technology poses to humanity.

The interactive documentary “Nuclear Games” vividly describes 80 years of nuclear research – and the use of nuclear weapons

Photo: WDR/Schieb

Uranium mining in the desert is just as important as the expulsions due to nuclear tests in the Bikini Atoll or Kim Jong Un’s “Rocket Man.” Elaborately designed graphic novels, which users can browse, are complemented by knowledge libraries accompanied by videos and text.

TV Producer Scoble Receives Audience Award

3Sat presenter Gert Scoble received the Audience Award

Photo: WDR/Schieb

The YouTube channel of 3Sat presenter Gert Scobel, who describes himself there as a “Youtube philosopher”, was awarded the Audience Award. Every Thursday there is a new video on Scoble Channel on the “big issues in life”: everyday, new and amazing things from science, philosophy, society, ethics or culture. With a philosophical and interdisciplinary view of what is important. Scoble Style: 1 Hour – With fun and understanding graphic elements. This is how Scoble skillfully attracts people to complex content.

About the author

Jörg Schip, Digital Expert at WDR.

Photo: WDR

Jörg Schepp, born in 1964, is a digital expert in preparing the World Development Report and the author of 130 books and guides. He has been dealing with digitalization and its effects on our daily lives for many years.


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