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Journalism Young Talent Award of FHWien der WKW Presented for the Second Time

September 30, 2020

The prize was awarded to ten young journalists on Monday, September 28, 2020. The awards were presented for works in the categories Radio/Audio, TV/Video, Text and Online/Multimedia as well as Best Thesis.

With the Journalism Young Talent Award, FHWien der WKW supports students and graduates at the start of their career and offers them a platform to present themselves to the industry and a larger audience. The prize is awarded for the best practical journalistic work that has been produced during the past academic year as part of courses or as a final thesis. the prize for the best final thesis was awarded to two students. Michel Mehle, presenter and host at Radio NJOY 91.3, the teaching radio station of FHWien der WKW, once again led the award ceremony.

The Journalism Young Talent Award, which is endowed with 500 Euros each, was organised for the second time this year by the Journalism & Media Management study program at FHWien der WKW. There was also a special surprise for the four students, who received an award for their group work in the category Multimedia: On initiative of the two jury members Robert Varga (APA) and Yvonne Widler (Kurier), both the APA and the Kurier each sponsored a further 500 Euros to honour the outstanding work. We would like to take this opportunity to thank both the APA and the Kurier for this generous support!

The submitted works were evaluated by a jury of twelve. In addition to the four experts of FHWien der WKW Regula Blocher, Carola Leitner, Martin Reichenauer and Karina Schwann, eight renowned journalists were among the jury members: Leila Al-Serori (Süddeutsche Zeitung), Christine Grabner (freelance TV designer), Katharina Mittelstaedt (Der Standard), Eduard Moschitz (ORF), Bea Sommersguter and Elisabeth Stratka (both Ö1), Robert Varga (APA) and Yvonne Widler (Kurier).

Focus on strengthening high-quality and careful journalism

“The importance of high-quality and careful journalism is particularly evident in times of crisis. As the leading training institution for journalists in Austria, we are aware of this. With the Journalism Young Talent Award, we want to strengthen exactly these values in journalism,” says Daniela Süssenbacher, Head of Journalism & Media Management Study Programs at FHWien der WKW, about the reasons for the award. “The Corona crisis also presented our students with unexpected challenges. As an educational institution, we are particularly concerned with the promotion of young professionals, and in times like these we would like to draw attention all the more to the great commitment with which the students work.”

The award-winning works at a glance

Category 1 – Radio & Audio


Christine Mayrhofer was awarded in the category Radio & Audio for her contribution “Das ‘neue’ Wienerlied”. According to the motto “Dialect is in again; melancholy was never out” she reports on the return and the renewed success of this genre – also beyond Austria’s borders. Divided into four verses, she takes stock of the multi-ethnic Viennese population and the soil on which many new developments of the Wienerlied are based.

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Category 2 – TV & Video

In their excellent contribution “Protester à la française, Aufstand auf Österreichisch”, Annabell Lutz and Julia Wendy approach the different protest culture of two countries. They follow activists in Paris who commemorate the victims of feminicide and report on feminist collectives who take to the streets in Vienna for their ideals.

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Category 3 – Text


In “Her heart beats faster” Jara Majerus deals with the physical differences between women and men and the resulting inequality in medical treatment. In talks with doctors and researchers, she describes the challenges and explains why these differences can have life-threatening consequences for women in particular – for example, if they suffer a heart attack.

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Category 4 – Multimedia


The award in the category Online/Multimedia went to a group work. Data-journalistically prepared and carefully narrated, Emilia Garbsch, Emil Biller, Melissa Erhardt and Hannah Horsten follow in their work “Unconditionally unconditional?” a street saleswoman in Bolivia who has slipped below the subsistence level due to the Corona crisis. They also explain various models of a basic income and offer a comprehensive view of the topic.

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Category 5 – Best Thesis (Bachelor)


Maximilian Miller was honored for his Bachelor’s thesis “Truth As We Draw It” on comic journalism, in which four journalists explain the genre in form of a multimedia report. Combined with his own drawings, the work offers an entertaining introduction to the topic.

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Category 5 – Best Thesis (Master)

Miriam Steiner received an award for her Master’s thesis “Beach & Bach”, a short TV documentary about two women who each made their own contribution to environmental protection. The documentary leads to Lower Austria and Bali and shows  different ways of dealing with the climate crisis in a positive manner.

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