With the Ernst Schneider Prize, the chambers of industry and commerce recognise outstanding achievements in the business journalism. “This is a very great success for the press in Hamburg. The awards confirm Hamburg’s leading role as media stronghold also in regard to quality”, said Michael Westhagemann, CEO Siemens AG, Region North, and Vice President of the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce that hosted the ceremony on Tuesday in front of 500 guests. According to a recent analysis of the Chamber of Commerce, Hamburg has very actively positioned itself a “content city” in comparison to its competitors”, emphasised Westhagemann in the presence of Hamburg’s First Mayor Olaf Scholz, NDR director Lutz Marmor, and numerous media decision-makers and journalists.
Winners from Hamburg include the writers team Felix Rohrbeck (Die Zeit), Carolyn Brown (ARTE), Marcus PFEI (“Follow the Money”) l and Christian Salewski (NDR). The four journalists were honoured with the first prize in the category “Innovation / Economics in a TV entertainment show” for an original, cross-media project on recycling. The project actively involved social media users and disclosed a fateful history of global capital and goods flows. The first prize is endowed with 7,500 euro.
Kai Biermann, Klaus Brandt, Daniel Drepper, Philip Faigle, Christian Fuchs, Anne Kunze, Haluka Maier-Borst, Stephan Lebert, Daniel Müller, Karsten Polke-Majewski, Sascha Venohr and Fritz Zimmermann (Die Zeit, Zeit Online, Funke Media Group and CORRECT!V) were distinguised for their article on “Deadly germs” in the category “Economy in national print media.” In the jury’s verdict it says: “In their four-part series, the authors questioned the conventional meat production and described the danger of the emergence of multidrug-resistant germs.”
Further Education Award
Felix Brumm, editor of the magazine “enormous”, was awarded for his efforts of writing on relevant issues under new perspectives and to leave ideologies behind when writing about business. Brumm was given 2,500 euro in the category “Further Education”. “Enormous” is published bimonthly by the Social Publish Verlag in Hamburg and is targeted at people interested to combine business and social matters and ideas.
Series on Hamburg Retailers
In the category of “Economy in regional print media”, Miriam Opresnik, chief reporter of the Hamburger Abendblatt, convinced the jury with her contribution “Heroes of Trade”. In the twelve-part series, she tells about the life plans, business plans, personal crises and hopes of Hamburg-based retailers – and their struggle for survival in the face of changing consumer behaviour.
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