Journalism Prize for Informatics 2022 – application open

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With the “Log4Shell” vulnerability one of the biggest digital risks of recent years was exposed, and deepfakes of ukranian president Zelensky were used for disinformation in the Ukraine crisis. These examples alone show: Topics in computer science have enormous social relevance. That is why the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Innovation, Digital and Energy, in cooperation with the Saarland Informatics Campus, honors outstanding journalistic pieces about informatics – under a new name as the ” Journalism Prize for Informatics”.

The award, which from 2006 to 2021was named as the “Journalist’s Prize for Informatics”, honors German-language journalistic contributions from the subject area of informatics in the three categories “Text”, “Audio” and “Video and Multimedia”. Endowed with 5,000 euros per category, the prize is intended to promote outstanding, high-quality reporting on topics in computer science. The prize money is provided by the Saarland Ministry of Economic Affairs, Innovation, Digital and Energy.

All pieces which meet the prize criterea published after September 1, 2021 are eligible for the competition. These can be submitted as of today at the following link:

The deadline for entries is Friday, September 16, 2022, 23:59.

Awards will be given to entries that present and communicate the results of research in computer science and its applications in a way that is generally understandable. In addition, entries that illustrate the extent to which computer science shapes and influences everyday life are eligible for the award. Also welcome are works that provide impetus for a critical discussion of the opportunities and challenges that computer science can create.

Patronage of the Journalism Prize for Informatics 2022 has Saarland’s Minister President Anke Rehlinger. The award ceremony will take on January 26, 2023 at Saarland Informatics Campus at Saarland University in Saarbrücken.

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Background Saarland Informatics Campus:
900 scientists (including 400 PhD students) and around 2100 students from more than 80 nations make the Saarland Informatics Campus (SIC) one of the leading locations for computer science in Germany and Europe. Four globally renowned research institutes, namely the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI), the Max Planck Institute for Computer Science, the Max Planck Institute for Software Systems, the Center for Bioinformatics, as well as Saarland University with three networked departments and 24 degree programs cover the entire range of topics in computer science.

Questions answered:
Philipp Zapf-Schramm
Saarland Informatics Campus
Phone: +49 681 302-70741