From the Mailbag

NEW VJ AWARD ANNOUNCED

Sabina Streich, Germany’s “VJ Queen” writes to me to day to announce a new VJ Award being offered by the “4th Annual Video Journalism Awards in Mainz, Germany”

Mainz, as you may know, was the home of Johannes Gutenberg, so it seems a pretty good place for VJ Awards.

In any event, here’s the copy:

The Video Journalism Awards is looking for non-fiction videos from single authors, the so called videojournalists (short VJs). A VJ is responsible for the whole creative process starting from research and shooting as well as covering the whole process of editing and sometimes even the publication of the film.
A small camcorder and a laptop are the tools of the VJ, which is comparable to the pen and paper a newspaper journalist uses.

The final deadline for entering films for the 4th International Video Journalism Awards is the 15th of October 2008. The awards are produced by vjawards.com , the host is ZDF German Television in Mainz.

The internet is converging all kinds of media, which is reflected by this year’s theme “unlimited access”. The awards try to cover all known fields of video journalism: films from TV-stations and publishing companies and productions from an independent background are awarded with a total of 12.000 € of prize money going to the seperated categories “independent and online” and “TV production”.
Recent developements that influence the VJ-scene and future perspectives are discussed in the supporting programme of the 4th International Video Journalism Awards.

INTERNATIONAL VIDEO JOURNALISM AWARD

a) TV production – broadcast reports (2000 €)
A journalistic or documentary report with a maximum duration of 15 minutes, produced by one or more video journalists/video reporters, and which has already been broadcast.

b) independent or online video (2000 €)
A journalistic or documentary report with a maximum duration of 15 minutes, produced by one or more video journalists/video reporters, but which has not necessarily been broadcast.

GERMAN VIDEO JOURNALISM AWARD

a) TV production – broadcast reports (2000 €)
A journalistic or documentary report with a maximum duration of 15 minutes, produced by one or more video journalists/video reporters and which has been aired by a German-language television channel (please indicate the station and broadcast date). All genres.

b) Independent or online video (2000 €)
A journalistic or documentary report with a maximum duration of 15 minutes, produced by one or more video journalists/video reporters, but which has not necessarily been broadcast.

REPORTAGE AWARD (2500 €)
A feature report in the German language with a minimum duration of 15 minutes and a maximum duration of 29 minutes, produced by one or more video journalists/video reporters, but which has not necessarily been broadcast.

NEWCOMER VIDEO JOURNALISM AWARD (1000 €)
A journalistic or documentary report with a maximum duration of 15 minutes, produced by one or more video journalists/video reporters. The applicants must be under 30 years of age or currently enrolled in an institution of higher education. Those productions will be considered for awards whose appeal lies in a unique style of content or cinematography and indicate a great potential of the applicant.

Online- audience prize (500 €)
A specially developed open online voting system will allow the users to cast votes for their favorite entries.

Special mentioning of the jury
The jury nominates a film, that impressed them, and that might expand the term video journalism.

Further information is provided on our website:
http://www.vjawards.com

2 responses to “From the Mailbag

  1. Michael – sat and watched your 40 minute vj revolution speech – I just smiled the whole time – inspirational and eye opening as usual.

    I’ve embedded the video on solovj.com and hope it inspires those willing to think outside the box (over the shoulder)😉

  2. Michael – Any way of getting this video? It seems to have been removed from the vj awards site.

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