After the UN alliance of civilisations / BMW award for intercultural innovation in January, this is the second award in four months marking cafebabel.com's outstanding contribution to intercultural journalism.
The CIVIS Media Foundation aims to 'sensitize journalists in Germany and Europe for the themes of integration and cultural diversity'.
As a tack on to its annual Civismedia prize for integration, which covers television and radio, since 2010 the foundation nominates 'journalistic internet platforms on the theme of integration and cultural diversity in Europe, which are produced suitably for the Web in terms of their graphics and use of multi-media'. cafebabel.com was nominated alongside the multi-media online project of the University of Bremen and the journalistic network for understanding between cultures qantara.de.
The jury says
Friederike Behrends (WDR mediagroup), Prof. Dr. Jo Groebel (European Digital Institute Berlin) and Prof. Dr. Andreas Zick (University of Bielefeld) found that cafebabel.com reports "with extremely interesting stories both – very well researched, boldly produced“.
What did we win you ask?
5, 000 euros and double the smiles to beat that.
The award ceremony takes place at 5pm on 18 April at the Federal Chancellery in Berlin.
cafebabel.com's executive director Alexandre Heully as well as editorial coordinator and German editor Katharina Kloss will be in the capital. But we have our hundreds upon hundreds of collaborators - writers, bloggers, translators, local teams, photographers, photojournalists, videomakers, fixers, hosts to thank - you are the guys who actually make up cafebabel.com.
Who's in cahoots?
The prize is offered by the Association of public-law broadcasting institutions of the Federal Republic of Germany (ARD) represented by Westdeutscher Rundfunk, together with the Freudenberg Foundation.
Österreichischer Rundfunk, the Swiss SRG SSR, Deutsche Welle, RTV Slovenia, Deutschlandradio, ARTE, 3sat, PHOENIX and the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) are media partners.