Journalist Award for Informatics 2020 – Application possible until 13 September

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Researchers use mathematical analyses to track down images that look deceptively real but are artificially created. IT experts can make photos unusable for facial recognition software or reveal vulnerabilities in supposedly secure electronic documents. Topics like these illustrate the challenges of technical progress. Educating the public about this is a responsibility of the media. In order to promote high-quality reporting on informatics topics, the State Chancellery of the Saarland in cooperation with the Saarland Informatics Campus awards the Journalist Award for Informatics. Applicants can submit their contributions online until September 13th.

The German “Journalist Award for Informatics”, which was awarded for the first time in 2006, honours German-language journalistic contributions in the field of computer science in the categories “Text”, “Audio” and “Video and Multimedia”. The Journalist Award Computer Science is rewarded with 5,000 Euros per category.

The prize is awarded to articles that present and communicate the research results of computer science and its applications in a way that is generally understandable. Entries that illustrate how much computer science shapes and influences everyday life are also worthy of an award. In addition, articles that provide impulses for a critical discussion of the opportunities and challenges that can arise from computer science are also welcome.

All German-language entries published after September 2nd 2019 are eligible for the competition. These can be submitted as of today under the following link:

Deadline for submissions is Sunday, September 13th 2020.

Further Information:

Questions can be directed at:
Philipp Zapf-Schramm
Kompetenzzentrum Informatik Saarland
Saarland Informatics Campus
Telefon: +49 681 302-70741

Background Saarland Informatics Campus:
800 scientists and about 2000 students from more than 80 nations make the Saarland Informatics Campus (SIC) one of the leading locations for computer science in Germany and Europe. Five world-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 and the Cluster for “Multimodal Computing and Interaction” as well as Saarland University with three departments and 21 degree programs cover the entire spectrum of computer science.

Die Öffentlichkeitsarbeit am Saarland Informatics Campus wird unterstützt durch das Kompetenzzentrum Informatik Saarland, gefördert aus Mitteln des Europäischen Fonds für regionale Entwicklung (EFRE) und Mitteln der Staatskanzlei Saarland.

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