RIAS RADIO, TV, AND DIGITAL MEDIA AWARDS 2017
12. Juni 2017
THE AWARD WINNERS
Undocumented — ein Leben in Angst (NDR Info, May 30, 2016)
I-Donald — das Ich, das Welt regieren will (NDR Info, July 13, 2016)
Martina Buttler’s splendid winning reports cover two intertwined aspects from the contentious 2016 election. In “Undocumented — ein Leben in Angst”, she contrasts the conservative argument for tougher action on undocumented immigrants with a heartfelt look at the lives of people who have been living and working in the U.S. for decades in an uneasy existence under the constant threat of deportation. And in “I-Donald — das Ich, das die Welt regieren will”, Buttler explores how Donald Trump was able win the support of traditional Republicans at first skeptical about this political upstart, and at the same time connect with dissatisfied Democrats who felt let down by Washington. Her engaging report includes flashes of humor.
Rebekka Endler (correspondent)
Adoption — White Cop, Black Kids (DRadio Wissen, October 14, 2016)
“White Cop, Black Kids” takes a gripping look at racism in a small Bible Belt town in Arkansas through the eyes of a white couple with two children who adopt two black children. The family of six face many of the same tensions that reflect the larger issues of the day and are set against the backdrop of turbulence in the summer of 2016 following shootings of several black men by white police officers. Reporter Rebekka Endler has known the protagonists since the 1990s and weaves a wonderful story out of that long-term relationship.
TV Award (Short Film)
Sandra Ratzow (correspondent)
Getrennte Familien — Wiedersehen am Hochsicherheitszaun (ARD Weltspiegel, June 5, 2016)
With her stirring short report on how separated Mexican families meet on opposite sides of a high-security fence on the U.S.-Mexico border in California, Sandra Ratzow captures the heart-breaking dilemma that Mexicans with U.S. visas or passports face after their parents without such documents are deported. In a year when there was much talk about a wall, the story provides a look at the realities that the barriers created. It follows a young Mexican-American woman going to the fence to see her deported father for the first time in seven years.
Special Jury TV Award for Topical Satire
Jan Böhmermann, Ralf Kabelka (correspondents), Philipp Käßbohrer (author), Gilda Sahebi, Julia Thiel (producer)
Grab US by the pussy – Amerika ungewaschen (Neo Magazin Royale, ZDF – November 3, 2016)
Jan Böhmermann and Ralf Kabelka’s satirical look at the U.S. election goes beyond the clichés about the United States for a deep look at the mood, especially in the heartland. It gives German viewers candid and prescient insights into Donald Trump’s popularity. It also provided the jury with insightful comic relief through entertaining interviews with Americans as well as German celebrities living in the United States. As the jury noted, the makers of this film clearly understood something about the pro-Trump mood that many other media outlets missed.
Bill Whitaker (correspondent), Marc Lieberman (producer)
Crime and Punishment (CBS “60 Minutes” – April 3, 2016)
The 60 Minutes story on the differences between prisons in Germany and the United States sheds a fascinating light on an important distinction between the respective views on punishment in both countries. The illuminating story on the emphasis that Germany places on rehabilitating even its dangerous convicted criminals with respect and dignity in low-security facilities gives U.S. audiences a chance to learn about, and possibly learn from, one aspect of how Germans have been able to address one of society’s most pressing problems.
RIAS-Fellow-Award (Digital Media)
Through the Looking Glass — How Germany took a leap into the unknown to tackle its heroin problem (NHPR New Hampshire Public Radio)
Paige Sutherland drew from her three-week RIAS Fellowship in Germany to take a deep dive into how policy makers and social workers in Berlin have tackled a problem that also plagues her home state of New Hampshire: drug addiction. Using sound, images, maps and graphics, in Through the Looking Glass, she presented listeners and readers back home with useful ideas on possible solutions. She then followed up with policy makers in Concord to explore whether the answers she found in Germany could be applied in New Hampshire. Her creative and extensive exploration of how solutions to a shared problem can be found across the Atlantic epitomizes the RIAS mission to promote better understanding through transatlantic cooperation and exchange of ideas.
Digital Media Award
Ines Pohl, Richard Walker, Miodrag Soric, Beate Steinhorst, Kristin Zeier, Sofia Diogo Mateus, Florian Kroker, Ilona Wendt, Gero Fallisch, Olof Pock, Manuela Buttgereit
#whatAmerica do you want? The Disunited United States (Deutsche Welle)
“#WhatAmerica do you want?” seems like a simple question, but it was central to the hearts and minds of many Americans during the U.S. election in 2016. Deutsche Welle correspondents did exhaustive reporting with dozens of interesting interviews, including one with presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. Throughout the long-term project, the Deutsche Welle reporting probed the hearts and souls of many Americans just before the election. The multilingual and multimedia project consists of videos sent out to the online world and an interactive map of the United States, which adds a further dimension to the outstanding project.