Friday, March 25, 2011

Online voting begins for ‘The BOBs’ blog awards

Starting today, Tuesday, March 22, Deutsche Welle will be presenting the 187 blogs that were nominated for its international blog awards – The BOBs – on its website

Internet users from around the world recommended around 2,100 blogs for prizes in 11 languages and six categories. An international jury composed of renowned bloggers then nominated 11 finalists for each category. From now until April 11, the online community can vote for their favorite blog, which will then be awarded with the BOBs User Award.

For the first time, there will also be an award for the “Best Social Activism Campaign." Contest organizers will be looking for an initiative that uses social networks and other forms of digital communication in an exemplary fashion to help benefit democracy, freedom and human rights. Advertising and marketing campaigns from corporations and organizations are excluded. The international press freedom organization Reporters Without Borders will once again take part in the international blog award.

Other categories include: “Best Blog”, “Best Video Channel”, “Best Use of Technology for Social Good”, “Reporters Without Borders” and “Special Topic Award Human Rights”. The competition languages are: Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, English, French, German, Indonesian, Persian, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.

With this competition, Deutsche Welle fosters the freedom of the press and freedom of opinion. At the same time, the prize helps to illustrate the diversity of the international blogosphere.

Winners will be selected from March 22 to April 11. All winners – including those selected by the jury and those chosen during the online voting process – will be announced by Deutsche Welle in Bonn, Germany, on April 12.

The winners chosen by the jury for each of the six categories will be awarded their prizes at the Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum on June 20in Bonn. The focus of the three day conference is “Human Rights in a Globalized World – Challenges for the Media”.

Partners of The BOBs are, Gooya News, and

(Source : Deutsche Welle)

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