Zurich Journalism Prize recognizes four works and honors Susan Boos

The jury of the Zurich Journalism Prize has awarded the prize for complete works to Susan Boos. A team of authors, two journalists and a journalist were also honored.

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The Zurich Journalism Prize was awarded for the 44th time on Wednesday evening. In his welcoming speech, Hannes Britschgi, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, focused on the prerequisites for quality in journalism: talent and craftsmanship. He also emphasized the importance of the Ringier School of Journalism and the Media Training Center in Lucerne for Swiss journalism. Two institutions that are celebrating their 50th and 40th anniversaries respectively this year. In addition to the award-winning media professionals, they also deserve applause for teaching the craft of journalism, said Britschgi.

The award for the overall work was presented by the jury, headed by new President Christina NeuhausSusan Boos. A journalist who is not a self-promoter, but simply in a class of her own, said the NZZNeuhaus in her laudatory speech for the long-standing Woz-journalist. Boos' texts are clear, intelligent and straightforward. The author is independent, fearless and always committed to journalistic ethics. Whether she is writing about juvenile criminal law, the daily challenges faced by people with disabilities or nuclear power. Boos is always concerned with the matter at hand, the text is always well-founded and her readers are always a little wiser afterwards. Susan Boos, the current President of the Swiss Press Council, has remained true to these journalistic values for decades, said Neuhaus, explaining the award.

Another four works honored

218 entries from all over German-speaking Switzerland were submitted for the Journalism Prize 2024. Out of these, the seven-member jury of journalists and publicists nominated nine stories for the Zurich Journalism Prize and three for the Newcomer Prize and has now awarded prizes to four entries.

Cedric Fröhlich and Quentin Schlapbach received a prize for their work in the Bernese Newspaper and in The Covenant published text "Death in Adelboden", a story about the fatal deployment of a Swiss special forces unit.

Birgit Schmid from the New Zurich Newspaper was awarded a prize for the text "Da jagt es mir den Zapfen ab!", which is about an uncompromising artist.

Daniel Strassberg won a prize for his work at the Republic published the article "Israel in crisis". And Kilian Marti from Watson was awarded the Newcomer Prize for his research on a dispute between large and small companies entitled "Den Letzten beissen die Hunde. A major Basel project drives several SMEs into bankruptcy" was awarded the Newcomer Prize.

The Zurich Journalism Prize has been awarded by a jury of experts since 1981. Prizes are awarded for complete works as well as works from print and online media. Each of the main prizes is endowed with 10,000 Swiss francs, and the Newcomer Prize, created in 2018, with 5,000 Swiss francs.

The foundation's sponsors are the four media houses CH Media, NZZ, Ringier and Tamedia. In addition, companies and institutions support the event with monetary contributions.

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