Evangelical Geisendörfer Prize awarded in Leipzig

In 2022, a total of eight productions were awarded the Robert Geisendörfer Prize, the Protestant media prize, and the special prize of the jury was awarded. The award ceremony took place on September 20, 2022 at Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk (MDR) in Leipzig. © GEP/Iona Dutz

The Robert Geisendörfer Prize of the Protestant Church was awarded in Leipzig on Tuesday. Eight media productions for adults and children received awards. For the first time, the award, which is endowed with EUR 5,000 each, was given not only in the radio and television categories but also in the online category. The ZDF journalist Katrin Eigendorf received the special prize of the jury for her decades of journalistic commitment in crisis and war zones. The award was presented for the 38th time. The award ceremony took place this year at Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk (MDR). In his laudatory speech, the former moderator of the ZDF “heute journal”, Claus Kleber, recalled Eigendorf’s missions in Afghanistan, Syria, Chechnya and currently in the Ukraine. “She has looked history in the cruel face many times,” Kleber said. The laureate herself, who came to Leipzig for the award ceremony, said her main motivation was to report on what happens – including in wars. People are dependent on being informed professionally, even from crisis areas. She sees that as her job. In the “General Programs” category, the radio programs “Anton und Pepe” (NDR) by Axel Ranisch and Paul Zacher about the everyday life of a same-sex couple and “Letters from Hell” (HR) by Andreas Weiser about men of the Sonderkommandos Auschwitz the Robert Geisendörfer Prize.

The TV productions honored were “Der Fall el-Masri” (Arte/ZDF) by Stefan Eberlein and the documentary “Schwarze Adler” (Amazon Prime/ZDF) by Torsten Körner about racism in German professional football. The prizes for online formats, which were awarded for the first time, went to the podcast “Noise” by Khesrau Behroz and Patrick Stegemann and the format “Arte FAQ”, which primarily aims to reach young people on Snapchat and Instagram. The “Children’s Media” jury awarded their prizes to the series “If not you, then we!” (SWR) by Irja von Bernstorff and the web series “Echt” (ZDF) by Christine Hartmann and Riccarda Schemann.

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The Geisendörfer Prize has been awarded annually since 1983 in memory of the publicist Robert Geisendörfer (1910-1976). The award is given to radio, television and online formats from all program categories that strengthen personal and social responsibility and contribute to mutual respect for the sexes. An exemplary journalistic or artistic achievement is honored with the special prize. The organization of the award is the responsibility of the joint work of Evangelical Journalism (GEP). The GEP is the central media facility of the EKD, its regional churches and organizations as well as the evangelical free churches. The central editorial office of the Evangelical Press Service (epd) belongs to the GEP.