Science and Media Funding Prize 2023 announced

2023-10-02 07:16:06

Association of Austrian Newspapers awards prizes for practice-oriented media research and scientific journalism contributions in three categories

Vienna (OTS) The Association of Austrian Newspapers (VÖZ) has been honoring outstanding academic theses on current and relevant issues for media companies with a publishing background for 14 years now. The aim is to promote practice-oriented training and research at local technical colleges and universities as well as a closer network between science and practice.

Media Research Promotion Prize and Hannes Haas Young Talent Prize honor scientific work on practice-relevant topics

This year, the VÖZ Science and Media Promotion Prize will again be offered in three categories, each worth EUR 2,000: The Media Research Promotion Prize is awarded for excellent master’s theses or dissertations that address practice-relevant questions in the media industry and provide important impulses for media companies .

The Hannes Haas Young Talent Prize is awarded jointly with the Quality in Journalism Initiative (IQ) with the support of the Austria Press Agency (APA) and is aimed at authors of works that deal with the social significance and responsibility of journalism.

Science Journalism Prize: Making the complexity of science tangible

The prize for science journalism will also be awarded again. This category honors a journalistic text, video or podcast contribution that was published in an Austrian medium (print or digital) in 2023 and presented a current scientific topic in a way that is understandable and easy to grasp for a broad audience.

With this award, the VÖZ is responding to the worrying skepticism about science in some areas of society. “If scientific findings are denied, well-founded and scientifically open media reporting must counteract this,” emphasizes the chairman of the jury for the VÖZ Science and Media Sponsorship Prize, Univ.-Prof. Matthias Karmasin. “Providing serious information about complex issues and classifying them is an essential task of high-quality media. Responsible science journalism, which we honor in this category, can make an important contribution to our commitment to greater understanding and recognition of science.”

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Submissions possible until January 9, 2024

Master’s theses and dissertations that were written between 2021 and 2023 and deal with at least one of the key aspects of media can be submitted for the Media Research Prize and the Hannes Haas Young Talent Prize. Nominations for the Science Journalism Prize are also possible until January 9, 2024.

The VÖZ Science and Media Sponsorship Award is under the honorary protection of the Federal Minister for Education, Science and Research, Ao. Univ.-Prof. Mag. Martin Polaschek. All details about the call for proposals and further information about the prices and the submission modalities can be found at

Questions & Contact:

Association of Austrian Newspapers (VÖZ)
Michaela Reisinger, BA
Head of press and public relations
+43 664 33 29 411

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