(German) Sommerfest 2014

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10.07.2014


(German) Medienstiftung der Sparkasse Leipzig gratuliert „Günter-Eich-Preisträger 2013“ Jürgen Becker zum Georg-Büchner-Preis 2014

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31.05.2014


Press release 16 May 2014: The 40th International Feature Conference ended in Leipzig

“The radio feature has accepted the digital challenge”

Leipzig, 16th of May 2014. On Thursday, the 40th International Feature Conference which took place at the “Media Campus Villa Ida” Leipzig ended. More than 140 experts from radio stations, Internet companies, print media and universities from around the world discussed about the future of the radio feature. The conference was jointly organised by the Media Foundation of Sparkasse Leipzig, the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and the Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk (MDR).

The focus of the conference laid on the transition of radio features on digital platforms and the link to the interactive and audio-visual possibilities of the Internet: “The radio feature has accepted the digital challenge”, said Ulf Köhler, head of feature of MDR Figaro. This was evidenced by controversial discussions during the conference which were fuelled by presentations on the digital strategy of the British daily The Guardian, on the interactive radio project “People of M10” of Rundfunk Berlin Brandenburg or on the world’s largest online audio platform “SoundCloud”. “It became clear: The digital world is looking for content – even for sophisticated content provided by the radio feature,” said Köhler. It was also the task of the Feature Conference to inspire the authors for new technical possibilities of storytelling and reporting. Wolfram Wessels, radio feature author, editor and radio historian, who is responsible for the “Doku-Blog” of Südwestrundfunk (SWR), stressed the need to use the Internet as distribution platform: “But it must not be forgotten that additional technical and financial costs occur, which radio authors can not always cope alone.”

Beside the controversial debates on the “new” radio feature, “conventional” radio features by authors from around the world were analysed during the 40th International Feature Conference as well: “The quality of the works is consistently high, but the style differs substantially,” said Wolfram Wessels, SWR. Different traditions of storytelling are effective here. Additionally issues of topic selection, dramaturgy and acoustic design were discussed. “The International Feature Conference always serves the exchange between and the networking of radio creators from around the world – this goal was also achieved during the 40th IFC in Leipzig,” said Ulf Köhler who was part of the organisational team.

Gruppenfoto_1 (MDR, Bernd Cramer)

Participants of the IFC in front of the “Villa Ida” (Photo: MDR/Bernd Cramer)

One of the highlights of the 40th International Feature Conference was the award ceremony of the Axel-Eggebrecht-Prize of the Media Foundation of Sparkasse Leipzig to German radio feature author Paul Kohl on 14th of May. “We are pleased that we can award the prize in its fourth edition in this particular context and in the presence of so many experts,” said Stephan Seeger, Director Foundations of Sparkasse Leipzig. Paul Kohl was honoured for his life’s work of more than 100 radio features. In his eulogy, Jens Jarisch, feature editor from Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg RBB, praised the laureate: “Paul Kohl examines the world in detail without explaining it to us. He researches so diligently like no one else by asking questions, by suggesting – by practicing criticism – but he never says: the world is like this or that. He also is distinguished by another attribute, said Jarisch: “Paul Kohl has an attitude towards the world, the story, the people; an attitude that creates trust, that includes a sense of timing and propriety, that is interwoven with every layer of his radio features…Because of that, we are awarding the Axel-Eggebrecht-Prize not only for a brilliant life’s work, but to and for: a personality.”

16.05.2014


Press release 14 May 2014: “Award for a brilliant life’s work and personality”

Feature author Paul Kohl received the Axel-Eggebrecht-Prize in Leipzig

Leipzig, 14th of May 2014. Today, the Media Foundation of Sparkasse Leipzig awarded its “Axel-Eggebrecht-Prize” 2014 to feature author Paul Kohl. “We congratulate Paul Kohl on this deserved award and are happy that a new renowned feature author completes the league of our laureates” said the Foundation’s Managing Director Stephan Seeger. The award ceremony took place at a ceremony on the occasion of the 40th International Feature Conference. During the conference, approximately 140 radio journalists from around the world discussed the perspectives of the radio feature.

Paul Kohl is one of the most renowned German radio feature authors. His work now includes 15 radio plays and more than 80 radio features that were broadcast by nearly all ARD-stations. From the jury’s statement: His great narrating talent and the wide range of subjects is what makes Paul Kohl’s radio work unique. Kohl had prevailed among nine candidates proposed by WDR, MDR, RBB, Swiss Radio and Television SRF and the Free Academy of Arts Hamburg.

In his eulogy, Jens Jarisch, feature editor from Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg RBB, emphasized Kohl’s special view from today on stories ranging from German history to contemporary issues and to biographical pieces: “Paul Kohl examines the world in detail without explaining it to us. He researches so diligently like no one else by asking questions, by suggesting – by practicing criticism – but he never says: the world is like this or that.

He also is distinguished by another attribute, said Jarisch: “Paul Kohl has an attitude towards the world, the story, the people; an attitude that creates trust, that includes a sense of timing and propriety, that is interwoven with every layer of his radio features…Because of that, we are awarding the Axel-Eggebrecht-Prize not only for a brilliant life’s work, but to and for: a personality.”

In his words of thanks, Paul Kohl explained his preference for the genre of radio feature: “What fascinated me more and more about the feature: the concrete issue, the discipline of form. In short: the severity. While researching you are throwing out the large fishing net. In interviews and for atmosphere sounds you are recording anything that passes your microphone. But in the selection of interview passages, the atmosphere sounds, when writing the text: the dissection takes place. There, you are exposing the core, the bones of the issue…The more unnecessary and deviant you leave off, the more compelling, the more beautiful the acoustic product “feature” gets. Incredible how renunciation improves the product.” He thanked the Media Foundation, the chairman of the jury Richard Goll and the jurors Linde Rotta, Gisela Corves, Jens Jarisch and Dr. Wolfram Wessels, but especially the editors, directors and sound engineers: “They have all contributed to this prize. Salute to all.”

The Axel Eggebrecht Prize which remembers the Leipzig radio pioneer does not honour one particular program but a whole outstanding artwork in the field of German-speaking radio features and finds a deserved laureate in Paul Kohl: a stylist who never pushes himself to the fore but still remains perceptible and tangible as a person. Paul Kohl is the fifth laureate after Helmut Kopetzky (2008), Richard Goll and Alfred Treiber (2010) and Friedrich Schütze-Quest (2012).

The recording of this year’s award ceremony will be transmitted by MDR FIGARO on 22nd of May at 10 p.m.

14.05.2014


Live-Blog 40th International Feature Conference

Follow the 40th International Feature Conference on Thomas Weibel’s Live-Blog:

Live-Blog

12.05.2014


Foundation

Nikolaisäule
Sculpture “Nikolaisäule” as symbol of the “Prize for the Freedom and Future of the Media”

The media industry has become an important branch of the economy both nationally and internationally. This is also evident in Leipzig, where it has played an important role in the reconstruction of the region.

Whoever wants to support and sponsor this development has to consider more than the mere economic and employment-oriented aspects. A media center becomes especially important and attractive when it represents a climate where the media’s great responsibility towards society is recognized as a duty as well as a challenge.

The Media Foundation of the Sparkasse Leipzig wants to contribute to this climate. One of its key commitments is the fostering of training and further education possibilities for young people in the media field. This involves scholarships (e.g. through the Leipzig Media Award), targeted project support, and the organization of civic education events, such as for the commemoration of the fall of 1989 in Leipzig.

The Foundation projects are financed by the Foundation itself as well as third party contributions and donations.

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Teaching and Research

The Media Foundation of Sparkasse Leipzig is particularly committed to education and training in the media sector. Therefore, the Foundation cooperates closely with local universities and other educational institutions and founded institutes, launched initiatives and projects and created the necessary infrastructure for media-related activities. The respective core institutions are:

  • the “Leipzig School of Media” (LSoM) with its part-time academic master’s degree programs and seminar programs,
  • the “Institute of Practical Research on Journalism and Communication” (IPJ) with four basic research fields: journalism, communication management, media management and media informatics,
  • the Radio Workshops “Feature” and “radio play” as think tanks for the content-related and methodological training of authors and media experts,
  • the “Media Campus Villa Ida” as a multifunctional venue.

Discover these areas by visiting the related web pages and learn more about the funding spectrum of the Media Foundation.

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Press release 16 May 2014: The 40th International Feature Conference ended in Leipzig

“The radio feature has accepted the digital challenge”

Leipzig, 16th of May 2014. On Thursday, the 40th International Feature Conference which took place at the “Media Campus Villa Ida” Leipzig ended. More than 140 experts from radio stations, Internet companies, print media and universities from around the world discussed about the future of the radio feature. The conference was jointly organised by the Media Foundation of Sparkasse Leipzig, the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and the Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk (MDR).

The focus of the conference laid on the transition of radio features on digital platforms and the link to the interactive and audio-visual possibilities of the Internet: “The radio feature has accepted the digital challenge”, said Ulf Köhler, head of feature of MDR Figaro. This was evidenced by controversial discussions during the conference which were fuelled by presentations on the digital strategy of the British daily The Guardian, on the interactive radio project “People of M10” of Rundfunk Berlin Brandenburg or on the world’s largest online audio platform “SoundCloud”. “It became clear: The digital world is looking for content – even for sophisticated content provided by the radio feature,” said Köhler. It was also the task of the Feature Conference to inspire the authors for new technical possibilities of storytelling and reporting. Wolfram Wessels, radio feature author, editor and radio historian, who is responsible for the “Doku-Blog” of Südwestrundfunk (SWR), stressed the need to use the Internet as distribution platform: “But it must not be forgotten that additional technical and financial costs occur, which radio authors can not always cope alone.”

Beside the controversial debates on the “new” radio feature, “conventional” radio features by authors from around the world were analysed during the 40th International Feature Conference as well: “The quality of the works is consistently high, but the style differs substantially,” said Wolfram Wessels, SWR. Different traditions of storytelling are effective here. Additionally issues of topic selection, dramaturgy and acoustic design were discussed. “The International Feature Conference always serves the exchange between and the networking of radio creators from around the world – this goal was also achieved during the 40th IFC in Leipzig,” said Ulf Köhler who was part of the organisational team.

Gruppenfoto_1 (MDR, Bernd Cramer)

Participants of the IFC in front of the “Villa Ida” (Photo: MDR/Bernd Cramer)

One of the highlights of the 40th International Feature Conference was the award ceremony of the Axel-Eggebrecht-Prize of the Media Foundation of Sparkasse Leipzig to German radio feature author Paul Kohl on 14th of May. “We are pleased that we can award the prize in its fourth edition in this particular context and in the presence of so many experts,” said Stephan Seeger, Director Foundations of Sparkasse Leipzig. Paul Kohl was honoured for his life’s work of more than 100 radio features. In his eulogy, Jens Jarisch, feature editor from Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg RBB, praised the laureate: “Paul Kohl examines the world in detail without explaining it to us. He researches so diligently like no one else by asking questions, by suggesting – by practicing criticism – but he never says: the world is like this or that. He also is distinguished by another attribute, said Jarisch: “Paul Kohl has an attitude towards the world, the story, the people; an attitude that creates trust, that includes a sense of timing and propriety, that is interwoven with every layer of his radio features…Because of that, we are awarding the Axel-Eggebrecht-Prize not only for a brilliant life’s work, but to and for: a personality.”

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Leipzig Media Award

The Media Foundation of Sparkasse Leipzig is committed to the memory of the “Peaceful Revolution” that took place in East Germany in 1989. Freedom of speech and unrestricted gathering of information through a free and independent press were key demands of the civil rights activists and demonstrators during the Leipzig Monday demonstrations at that time.

Through the annual awarding of the “Prize for the Freedom and Future of the Media”, the Media Foundation of Sparkasse Leipzig supports the freedom of press and with it the memento of the fall of 1989.

The defense of the freedom of press is more important than ever. Even in free societies it is endangered: the patterns of suppression of information are becoming more subtle. The “Leipzig Media Congress”, which was organized by the Media Foundation in October 2010 and which formed the thematic framework of last year’s award ceremony, was dedicated to this issue.

By awarding further prizes – such as the “Talent Dove” for the best documentary of a talented newcomer at the International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film, the “Günther-Eich-Prize”, the “Axel-Eggebrecht-Prize” and the “Promotion Prize of Bibliology”, the Foundation promotes culturally and qualitatively sophisticated work in text, sound and film.

All awards of the Media Foundation are summarised under the generic term “Leipzig Media Award.”

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Media Campus

The Media Campus in the Leipzig district of Gohlis was erected by the Media Foundation. Together with the historic Villa Ida building where the actual seat of the Foundation is located it forms an interesting ensemble and thus literally combines old and new.

The building includes a large hall for events with a capacity of up to 280 seats, which can be divided by a movable partition wall. This room can also be used as a lecture hall. On the first floor you find two seminar rooms with 25 seats each, a training room for video editing with ten seats and an audio recording studio. On the top floor there is a PC room with 23 seats and offices for lecturers. In addition, the building accommodates a small public bistro, which also supplies the Media Campus and four apartments for scholars/guest lecturers.

Media Campus Villa Ida

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Contact

Media Foundation of Sparkasse Leipzig

Menckestraße 27
D-04155 Leipzig
Germany

Phone: +49 341 – 5629 661
Fax: +49 341 – 5629 663
info(at)leipziger-medienstiftung.de

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