Two Nominees from Czech Radio Awarded in the Journalism Award 2019

Czech Radio received two awards within the tenth annual Journalism Award of 2019. The award in the category of audiovisual journalism went to Lukáš Houdek for his report and, in the category of innovative online journalism, it went to the Czech Radio project titled Divided by Freedom.

Czech Radio was awarded first prize in the category of online journalism for its unique sociological survey titled Divided by Freedom. The award went to the authors of the project – data journalists of the iRozhlas.cz news server Petr Kočí, Michael Zlatkovský and Jan Cibulka. Ondřej Suchan, Petr Šabata and Václav Hradecký from Czech Radio also contributed to the project.

The survey has shown that the Czech society is divided into six social classes that differ significantly in terms of their resources and position in the society. It has defined two types of higher middle class and three types of lower middle class. It has also found out that one in six Czech people aged between 18 and 79 falls into the lowest, suffering class. Part of the project is an interview with six people representing the different social classes and an online calculator that tells you what class you fall into after you answer a couple of questions. 

In the category of audiovisual journalism, the first prize for the “Best Report” went to Lukáš Houdek from Czech Radio Dvojka for his report titled White Brings Death on the stigmatisation of albinos in Ghana, Africa. 

Lukáš Houdek

“For me, the fact that we regularly receive journalism awards is a sign that in Czech Radio we have a number of talented authors with creative ideas and critical thinking. I would like to congratulate to the recipients of the awards and thank them for their great job,” says René Zavoral, Director General of Czech Radio.

This year’s Journalism Award, which had a record-high number of nominations, was again dominated by written reports and interviews. An independent expert jury selected three entries in each competition category.