B2C Editorial Team of the Year and Best Use of Photography Award, plus two “Highly Recommended” second places.
Al Jazeera’s digital division won the B2C Editorial Team of the Year and Best Use of Photography awards at the 2020 Drum Online Media Awards.
AJ Contrast, Al Jazeera’s immersive storytelling and media innovation studio, won the B2C Editorial Team of the Year category with Still there, virtual reality meets immersive augmented reality installation that premiered at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival.
Still Here was created in partnership with the Women’s Prison Association of New York.
The installation takes a multidimensional and experiential approach to explore gentrification issues and challenges faced by African American women who, after years in prison, return to neighborhoods they can barely recognize.
The Best Use of Photography award was won by the interactive photo report Meet the rescuers who save migrants from a “sea of blood” where English Al Jazeera journalist Faras Ghani documented the faces and stories of rescuers and medics risking their lives to save migrants and refugees from drowning.
The photos and stories were compiled aboard the Ocean Viking, a charity rescue vessel operating in the Mediterranean Sea.
Al Jazeera Digital also won two second place “Highly Commended” accolades: Food Meets Politics Fork the System series for Content Creator of the Year as well as Al Jazeera’s English Twitter team for Best Media Use. social.
In season one, Fork the System producers and co-hosts Joi Lee and HyoJin Park travel to kitchens in Korea, Vietnam, and the Philippines to experience the flavors that bind us together while engaging in conversations about what food can tell us about life, history and news.
Twitter team got recognition for their human focus interest stories at the center of global current events – the Rohingya crisis, the fate of the Palestinians, and those who live in the midst of disease and malnutrition in the war in yemen.
“It’s encouraging to see that every award the team won was for thinking outside the box and producing something original, innovative and thoughtful,” said Carlos van Meek, Director of Innovation and digital programming. “It’s nice to see our journalists get the recognition they deserve.