AJ Contrast, Still Here, Wins Drum Online Media Award

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Editorial Innovation of the Year award complemented by six ‘highly commended’ second locations throughout AJMN community.

Al Jazeera gained a prime jury prize and 6 “extremely counseled’ second locations within the Drum Online Media Awards on Friday. The awards, which recognise excellence in digital journalism and innovation, had been introduced throughout a digital ceremony webcast from London on April 28.

AJ Contrast, Al Jazeera’s immersive storytelling and media innovation studio, led the wins, incomes prime prize within the Editorial Innovation of the Year class for Still Here, the digital and augmented actuality set up that premiered on the 2020 Sundance Film Festival.

Created in partnership with the Women’s Prison Association in New York City, the set up come internet expertise explores the impression of incarceration and gentrification on Black girls within the US – one of many teams most affected by disproportionate – and rising – charges of incarceration.

The immersive expertise brings into reduction the steep challenges dealing with these girls after years spent within the New York correctional system, from reuniting with their households to touchdown work and discovering a spot for themselves on the rising variety of metropolis blocks the place prosperous whites have more and more displaced black residents who’ve lived there for generations.

A lot of ‘highly commended’ second place wins additionally streamed in for 3 totally different Al Jazeera divisions – AJ Digital, Al Jazeera English and Al Jazeera Arabic Net.

AJ Digital’s Andrew Phillips, who helped create the brief documentary unit, AJ Close Up, took second place for Editor of the Year for producing observational documentaries about odd individuals in extraordinary circumstances; and information and present affairs podcast, The Take additionally earned a ‘highly commended’ within the Editorial Team of the Year class for its award-winning protection of worldwide information.

Al Jazeera English’s a number of award-winning investigative TV collection, 101 East, additionally partnered with AJ Digital’s interactive unit, AJLabs, to win a ‘highly commended’ second place for the graphic novel My Son, the Stranger, within the Best Website Design class and within the Best Campaigning /Investigative Journalism class for The $5 Forests.

Al Jazeera English’s Ali Rae additionally earned a ‘highly commended’ for All Hail the Lockdown, which she produces and hosts.

Al Jazeera Arabic’s on-line web site, Arabic Net, additionally obtained a ‘highly commended’ within the Online Commentary and Blogging class for The Egypt they Detest, which exposes widespread discrimination and classism in Egyptian society.

“In these challenging times, where we’ve seen freedoms we once took for granted greatly curtailed, these wins reveal the growing reach of our digital footprint,” mentioned Al Jazeera’s Director of Digital Innovation and Programs, Carlos van Meek. “I’m grateful to see that our hard work is being recognized.”

The winners emerged from a various pool of rivals together with Bloomberg, Reuters, Channel 4, iTV News, Wired, CNN International, BBC Arabic, BBC World Service, Middle East Eye, Ruptly and plenty of others throughout a variety of on-line and broadcast retailers.