Awards

RIAS RADIO, TV AND DIGITAL MEDIA AWARDS

The RIAS BERLIN COMMISSION annually presents awards for excellence in reporting on German-American issues. The awards are given for radio, TV and internet productions which made special contributions to the mutual understanding between the people of Germany and of the United States of America. Eligible are all kinds of reports on German topics aired in the US or on US topics aired in Germany or other programs with German-American aspects in the fields of international politics, economics, social issues, cultural developments or current events.


All Award Winners 1995 – 2013


The RIAS BERLIN COMMISSION Radio, TV, and Digital Media Awards 2017 – Call for Entries

The RIAS BERLIN COMMISSION presents annual awards for excellence in reporting on transatlantic issues. Awards are presented in three categories: Radio, TV, and Digital Media. In order to qualify a report must have been on a German topic aired domestically in the U.S. or on a U.S. topic aired in Germany, or be another local, national or international story of mutual interest, be it on politics, economics, security, social issues, culture or current events and developments.

Last year’s winners featured fascinating stories on justice scandals in the United States as well as an entertaining series short stories on the RTL TV network by Carsten Mierke that gave an interesting glimpse of the United States that helped German TV viewers understand important issues in the United States.

The top radio awards last year went to Simone Hamm of Deutschlandfunk radio for her story about a justice scandal in New York that explained why so many people are locked up in jail in the United States by taking a closer look at one New York City police detective who had an extremely high conviction rate thanks to dubious methods. A separate top prize went to Tom Schimmeck of NDR radio for his story about the tragic story of a German exchange student from Hamburg who was shot to death in the town of Missoula, Montana.

Entries from recent and former RIAS Fellows are welcomed, and encouraged.

RADIO AND TV AWARDS 2018

Entries must be radio or television stories aired in 2017 and may be single stories or multi-part series. There is no length requirement. All entries must be submitted electronically, with a URL for the story, and an attached script.

Entries must include:
your name, title, business address, phone, and e-mail
air date(s) of your story and its running length
title and a brief description of your story
a brief description of your role in the production of the story

DIGITAL MEDIA AWARDS 2018

This award will honor all kinds of German or American stories posted on the internet in 2017. All entries must be submitted electronically, with a URL for the story, and any additional materials should be submitted as an attachment, along with the applicant’s name and telephone number. Accurate web addresses leading to the website(s) must be transmitted both in print and by e-mail to the RIAS BERLIN COMMISSION. — Sites must be active and accessible by the RIAS jury at the time of judging, and not require any proprietary information for access.

Entries must also include:
Entries must be submitted in the form of printed samples from functioning websites. Entries may, in addition, be submitted on a disc.
Accurate web addresses leading to the website(s) must be transmitted both in print and by e-mail to the RIAS BERLIN COMMISSION.
Entered websites must be active and accessible by the jury at the time of judging, but changes made to the sites after the submission deadline will not be considered by the jury.
Web productions must use commonly available technologies (not proprietary ones which limit access).

Entries must include your name, title, business address, phone, and e-mail and a brief description of your entry and your role in it.

DEADLINE: JANUARY 31, 2018

Entries must be received at RIAS BERLIN COMMISSION, Berlin no later than January 31, 2018. All entry material becomes the property of the RIAS BERLIN COMMISSION and RTDNF and cannot be returned. All work submitted must be the primary effort of the person or persons making the entry.

AWARDS CEREMONY

The awards ceremony will be held in Berlin in the spring of 2017. Qualified expenses (travel and hotel) will be paid for each award winner attending the ceremony in Berlin.

U.S. entries SHOULD BE SENT to:

RIAS AWARDS
email info@rtdna.org
(Send an email with any questions surrounding your submission.)
or

RIAS BERLIN COMMISSION
Funkhaus am Hans-Rosenthal-Platz
D-10825 Berlin
Telephone 011-49-(0)30-8503-6971
Telefax 011-49-(0)30-8503-6979
E-Mail info@riasberlin.org


Call for Entries 2017