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Al Jazeera Digital wins three Edward R Murrow Awards

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The Al Jazeera English web site wins prime prizes within the Breaking News, News Series and Feature Reporting classes.

In a breakout yr for international recognition, the Al Jazeera English web site has emerged with three wins within the prestigious US-based Edward R Murrow Awards.

In competitors in opposition to media heavyweights The New York Times, Washington Post, CNN International and quite a few others, Al Jazeera English Online received prime prizes within the Breaking News, News Series, and Feature Reporting classes of the annual awards named after the CBS News maverick and pioneer of 60 Minutes-styled documentaries.

The awards, sponsored by the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA), have been introduced on August 11.

AJ Digital’s web site and social groups received within the Breaking News class for his or her round the clock protection of occasions main as much as and following the autumn of the Afghan capital, Kabul, to the Taliban. Al Jazeera broadcast and digital correspondents have been first to arrive on the scene because the Taliban entered the presidential palace in Kabul on August 15, 2021. AJ Digital’s minute-by-minute coordination with reporters and contacts on the bottom produced well timed protection of the occasions within the days main as much as and following the takeover. Al Jazeera’s social platforms garnered some 22.eight million views for movies and stories concerning the palace siege printed on its YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram channels.

“I am immensely proud of our team of world-class, multi-platform journalists,” stated Soraya Salam, supervisor of Al Jazeera English Online. “This honour is a testament to how much we’ve grown as a competitive force in digital news, empowered by our mission of putting the human story first. I hope this recognition provides more awareness to the struggles of those who have bravely shared their stories with us.”

AJ Digital’s interactives workforce, AJ Labs, received within the News Series class for its 10-part set of knowledge visualisations, Afghanistan: Visualising the influence of 20 years of conflict. The collection makes use of interactive maps, graphics and knowledge to look at the influence of the final 20 years of conflict in Afghanistan, giving context to the decades-long ramp-up to the chaotic United States troop withdrawal.

The Slow Journalism/Features unit capped off the trio of prizes with a win within the Feature Reporting class for its six-part collection about lacking and murdered Indigenous ladies and ladies. The collection of lengthy reads, embedded with wealthy graphics, images and video testimonials, follows these looking for the stays of their family members and making an attempt to reconcile the lack of these identified to have been killed alongside an notorious, snow-swept stretch of freeway in British Columbia, Canada. Some 80 ladies and ladies, most of them Indigenous, have gone lacking and been murdered on Canada’s “Highway of Tears” because the early 1970s.

“With all of the uncertainty around the pandemic, it’s been a rough couple of years for our journalists across the board,” stated Carlos van Meek, Al Jazeera Digital’s director of Innovation and Programs. “But our teams never wavered. They worked incredibly hard to adjust at every turn. It’s wonderful to see they’ve been recognised for their diligence and tenacity.”

Winners shall be recognised throughout a gala dinner hosted by the Edward R Murrow Awards and the RTDNA in New York City on October 10.

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