The Axel Springer Prize for Young Journalists has distinguished the best up-and-coming journalists in the German-speaking world since 1991. Within the framework of this prize the Axel Springer Academy will present the "Axel Springer Honorary Award” in the coming year. This special prize, endowed with 25,000 euros, is sponsored by Friede Springer, a member of the Board of Trustees of the prize, and honors a journalist or publicist for their particularly courageous commitment: for an attitude committed to freedom and for the courage to express a nonconformist opinion, even when this involves personal risk. The winner will be announced shortly before the award ceremony at which Dutch author Leon de Winter will hold the laudatory speech. The event will take place in Berlin on 10 May 2012.
"On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the birth of Axel Springer in 2012 the academy intends to send a signal for freedom of expression. With this prize we will honor somebody who has courageously defended it as Axel Springer once did himself", says Academy Director Marc Thomas Spahl. "The prizewinner should be more than a role model for the young journalists – he or she should remind them that their commitment is worthwhile and that they can make a difference."
Submissions for the tradition-steeped Axel Springer Prize for Young Journalists can be made in all types of media – Print, Television, Radio and Internet – by 9 January 2012 at the latest. Four independent juries of prominent experts will select the prizewinners. The Axel Springer Academy, Germany's most modern school of journalism, awards prizes with a total value of 54,000 euros in these four categories. For the registration form and further information, see: www.axel-springer-preis.de.