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The “fourth power” is a term used in democratically constituted societies to refer to the …

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“A signal of encouragement” to Belarus

The Belarusian journalists Katsyaryna Bahvalava and Darya Chultsova will be awarded the Prize for the …

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"Listening starts all over again"

Paul Plamper receives the Günter Eich Prize 2021 for his commitment to the German radio …

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"Explosion in the acoustic"

Axel Eggebrecht Prize 2021 honours Dr Walter Filz Leipzig, 13 January 2021. The Axel Eggebrecht …

For the freedom and future of the media

Media Foundation
of Sparkasse Leipzig

To serve in the public interest – this obligation is anchored in the general mission of all branches of the German Sparkasse banking group. Each of the Sparkasse branches, as a financial partner and promoter, supports individuals and businesses in its vicinity in their everyday activities. It assists non-profit-making societies and institutions, athletes, artists and musicians, helps with their financial commitments to environmental-protection activities and in the preservation of historic buildings and monuments, and supports cultural events and social projects. Sparkasse branches frequently choose the form of a foundation as a means of pursuing their commitments. There are, for example, over 700 Sparkasse foundations in Germany.

Serving the public interest - that is also the idea behind the Media Foundation of Sparkasse Leipzig. Founded on the 175th anniversary year of Sparkasse Leipzig, the Media Foundation pursues three guiding principles. The first of these is to uphold the tradition of the city of Leipzig as a media and communications location, as a city of print and of books – where Germany’s first daily newspaper was published, after all. Leipzig is seen as eastern Germany’s most important media location. Secondly, the foundation will support media-makers of all sorts in their work and in their commitment. And thirdly, the memory of the “Peaceful Revolution” in the October 1989 - and its importance for freedom of opinions and press  diversity - should be preserved.

Serving the public interest is something that the Media Foundation of Sparkasse Leipzig achieves by way of initiation, promotion and support of a wide variety of local, regional, national and European projects and institutions. Whether for the European Centre for Press and Media Freedom or the first German Media Court of Arbitration or the award of the Erich Loest Prize, for the Leipzig School of Media or for the initiation of the Günter Eich and Axel Eggebrecht Prize, or for the European Institute for Journalism and Communication Research or the Prize for the Freedom and Future of the Media; the work of the Media Foundation is repeatedly directed at highlighting the value of press and media freedom for free and democratic societies and enhancing public awareness of this. Without independent media there is no individual freedom, and no protection against state despotism and repression. And without individual freedom the public interest cannot unfold.

News from all foundations

“A signal of encouragement” to Belarus

The Belarusian journalists Katsyaryna Bahvalava and Darya Chultsova will be awarded the Prize for the Freedom and Future of the …

Media Foundation of Sparkasse Leipzig | July 29, 2021

"Listening starts all over again"

Paul Plamper receives the Günter Eich Prize 2021 for his commitment to the German radio play Leipzig, 13 January 2021. …

Media Foundation of Sparkasse Leipzig | Jan. 13, 2021

"Explosion in the acoustic"

Axel Eggebrecht Prize 2021 honours Dr Walter Filz Leipzig, 13 January 2021. The Axel Eggebrecht Prize of Media Foundation of …

Media Foundation of Sparkasse Leipzig | Jan. 13, 2021

Award for a "sensetive, poetic language"

Erich Loest Prize 2021 from the Media Foundation goes to Ulrike Almut Sandig Leipzig, 3 December 2020. The author Ulrike …

Media Foundation of Sparkasse Leipzig | Dec. 3, 2020

"You can make the world a better place through journalism"

Prize for the Freedom and Future of the Media 2020 awarded to Khadija Ismayilova and Benjamin Best Leipzig, 8 October …

Media Foundation of Sparkasse Leipzig | Oct. 8, 2020

Leipzig School of Media with new sponsor

Change of shareholder and managing director at the Leipzig School of Media gGmbH Leipzig, 1 October 2020. The new financial …

Media Foundation of Sparkasse Leipzig | Oct. 1, 2020

More media literacy for Saxony's schools: Media Foundation of Sparkasse Leipzig, EIJC and the start-up The Buzzard are launching a pilot project at Saxony's schools.

Diversity of perspectives at a glance: This is what the app from the award-winning German start-up "The Buzzard" offers. Now …

Media Foundation of Sparkasse Leipzig | Aug. 24, 2020

To go where it hurts

Khadija Ismayilova and Benjamin Best are awarded the "Prize for the Freedom and Future of the Media" 2020 Leipzig, 25 …

Media Foundation of Sparkasse Leipzig | June 25, 2020

"A virtuoso of language" has passed away

2015's Günter Eich Prize laureate Ror Wolf is dead Leipzig, 18 February 2020. Media Foundation of Sparkasse Leipzig mourns the …

Media Foundation of Sparkasse Leipzig | Feb. 18, 2020

Well informed! - How to deal with the media properly

Journalism is neither dead nor controlled by the government. But many people find it difficult to believe in the media …

Media Foundation of Sparkasse Leipzig | Jan. 29, 2020