The digital sector in Al-Jazeera network grabbed the first place in one of the branches of the British “The Drum” award for this year 2021, and achieved an advanced position in 6 branches, one of which was awarded to Al-Jazeera Net.
The award, which is concerned with innovation and quality in digital journalism, announced its results during a virtual ceremony held last week in London, and the results were published on its website.
AJ Contrast won the “The Drum” award in the Innovation category, in recognition of the documentary “Still Here” produced with virtual reality technologies. Filmed the winning documentary in cooperation with the Association of Former Women Prisoners in New York. To shed light on their suffering and the challenges they faced after leaving prison and returning to live again in the poor neighborhoods and suburbs in which they grew up.
An article published by Al-Jazeera Net on January 6 last year by Dr. Khalil Al-Anani, tagged with “high esteem” in the category of “best comment – blog,” was ranked second, while the award went to the channel’s “Fact Check” platform. British fourth.
Subject of the article
The winning article, titled “On the Other Egypt They Despise,” sheds light on the class divide and social racism that cast a shadow over Egyptian politics. The article is based on public and revealing statements made on various occasions by 3 elite women figures, two university professors and an ambassador.
Al Jazeera digital platforms achieved similar results in 5 of the award’s branches dedicated to digital media. Editor Andrew Phillips in the “AJ Close Up” platform won second place in the “Editor of the Year” category; For his role in preparing videos that shed light on the lives of ordinary people living in unusual conditions. The interactive platform AJ Labs won second place in the Best Website Design category for the story “My Son, the Stranger”, which was prepared for the English site’s investigative journalism team. In turn, the editorial team of AJ Podcast received a “High Mention” in the award category dedicated to the “Editorial Team of the Year” category.
The winners in the other branches of the award belong to a range of international media organizations, including Reuters, Bloomberg, CNN, BBC Arabic and international, and the Middle East website. Middle East Eye and UK Channel 4.