Axel Springer Academy wins the Nannen Prize




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28.04.17

Axel Springer Academy wins the Nannen Prize

The Holocaust Snapchat Project “sachor jetzt!” (remember now) impressed the jury as the best web project of the year
Winner in the category "Best Web Project”: Team 20 of the Axel Springer Academy
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The Project “sachor jetzt!” of the Axel Springer Academy was awarded the Henri Nannen Prize, one of the most important journalism awards in the German-speaking world, on the evening of Thursday, 27 April 2017. Around 1000 works were submitted in the various categories, with the young journalists from the Academy landing first place in the “Best Web Project” section ahead of the digital team from “Süddeutsche Zeitung” and their project “Timeline of panic”.

For “sachor jetzt!” the reporters use the Snapchat app to report about the Holocaust – especially for the target group of 14 to 16-year-olds: The young journalists seek out contemporary witnesses, give survivors a chance to tell their stories as they have never done before and present some of the central locations of the Shoah. For these “Snapchat stories” they had to develop a completely new storytelling style.

Marc Thomas Spahl, Director of the Axel Springer Academy: “We are incredibly pleased with this award, the more so as it is the first Nannen Prize a journalism school has ever won. With ‘sachor jetzt!’ we want to show that young people can be won over with quality journalism and serious content, if it is properly edited for their channels.”

The jury justified the award as follows: “16 young reporters report courageously and inventively about the Holocaust and promote remembrance. In doing so, they make virtuous use of all the narrative formats available to Snapchat, thereby seizing the opportunity to approach young people who can no longer be reached by traditional media channels.”

In Copenhagen on 24 April 2017, “sachor jetzt!” (Hebrew for remember) already won the prestigious European Digital Media Award by the World Association of Newspapers WAN-IFRA in the “Best in Social Media Engagement” category.

About the Axel Springer Academy

The Axel Springer Academy is considered to be the most progressive school of journalism in the German-speaking world. Annually it offers up to 40 young talented individuals the opportunity to learn contemporary cross-media journalism from scratch and to gain practical experience training in Axel Springer’s editorial offices. The Academy, which is also the publisher's think tank, has won numerous awards for its digital projects, including the Grimme Online Award. More information is available at: www.axel-springer-akademie.de

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