Editorial innovation of the year award supplemented by six second “highly recommended” places through the AJMN network.
Al Jazeera received the jury’s first prize and six “highly recommended” second places at the Drum Online Media Awards.
The awards, which recognize excellence in digital journalism and innovation, were announced in a virtual ceremony webcast from London.
AJ Contrast, Al Jazeera’s immersive storytelling and media innovation studio, took home the awards, taking first prize in the Editorial Innovation of the Year category for Still there, the virtual and augmented reality installation premiered at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival.
Created in partnership with the Women’s Prison Association of New York, the web-based installation experience explores the impact of incarceration and gentrification on black women in the United States, one of the most affected groups. by disproportionate incarceration rates.
The immersive experience highlights the significant challenges these women face after years in the New York Corrections system, from reuniting with their families to finding work and finding a place for them. – even in the growing number of urban blocks where wealthy whites have moved more and more. Black residents who have lived there for generations.
A number of “highly recommended” second place wins were also won by three different Al Jazeera divisions: AJ Digital, Al Jazeera English and Al Jazeera Arabic Net.
Andrew Phillips of AJ Digital, who helped create the short documentary unit, AJ Close Up, took second place for Editor of the Year for producing observational documentaries about ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances.
A news and current affairs podcast, The Take was also “Highly Recommended” in the Editorial Team of the Year category for its award-winning global news coverage.
Al Jazeera English’s multi-award-winning investigative television series 101 East also teamed up with AJ Digital’s interactive unit, AJLabs, to earn a ‘Highly Recommended’ Second Place for Graphic Novel My son the stranger in the Best Website Design category and in the Best Campaigning / Investigative Journalism category for Forests at $ 5.
Ali Rae of Al Jazeera English also received a “Highly Commended” for Hi everyone for containment, which she produces and animates.
Al Jazeera Arabic’s online site, Arabic Net, also received a “Highly Recommended” in the Online Comments and Blogs category for The Egypt they hate, which exposes widespread discrimination and classism in Egyptian society.
“In these difficult times, where we have seen freedoms we took for granted drastically reduced, these victories reveal the growing reach of our digital footprint,” said Carlos van Meek, director of innovation and digital programs at Al Jazeera. “I am grateful to see that our hard work is recognized. “
The winners were selected from a diverse group of competitors including Bloomberg, Reuters, Channel 4, ITV News, Wired, CNN International, BBC Arabic, BBC World Service, Middle East Eye, Ruptly and many more across a wide range of online and distribution points of sale. .