International Music Journalism Award

For the 4th time, the International Music Journalism Award will be awarded in 2020 at Reeperbahn Festival.

Submit proposal for IMJA 2020

In addition to the awards for English and German languages, there will be again an award for texts from the French language in cooperation with Le Bureau Export.

The International Music Journalism Award will be awarded in the following categories: 

1. The Best Music Journalist of the Year - German / English / French
2. The Year’s Best Work of Music Journalism
a) Text (Print & Web) - German / English / French
b) Audio - German / English / French
c) Multimedia - German / English
3. New Perspective – The Year's Best Work of Music Journalism, Under 30 - German
4. The Best Music Business Journalist of the Year - International (will be voted by online voting during Reeperbahn Festival 2020)

Everyone has the chance to submit their suggestions by the submission form, which will be published at the beginning of the year. Submissions will be accepted until 31 May 2020. The jury will review the submissions (or a shortlist) and will meet for a 1-day meeting in mid-July to discuss them and finally announce a preliminary shortlist for 2020. In September, the winners 2020 will be announced.

Die Idee / unsere Richtlinien

THE IDEA / GUIDELINES

High-quality journalism is a valuable commodity. The environment in which excellent, original journalism can be produced is becoming ever more challenging and, particularly for young journalists, a lot less attractive.
Outstanding individual work and first-rate ongoing journalistic engagement that focuses on popular music and its business climate should and must be recognised – with special attention paid to the work of young music journalists.

Arbeiten / Kandidat*innen

WORKS / CANDIDATES

To be considered by the jury, submitted journalistic work must …

1. deal with a subject/issue having to do with pop music, e.g. a musician, band, concert, festival, recording, or be a reflection on the current pop music climate

2. be accessible to the public in a standard analogue or digital format, e.g. a text (newspaper, magazine, blog), radio piece, TV report, multimedia project, podcast, video channel, or entire broadcast or online formats, etc.,

3. be published between 1 June 2019 and 31 May 2020. 

For the categories Best Music Journalist and Best Music Business Journalist, the candidates’ contributions outside the above-mentioned time period will also be considered. The aim is to pay tribute to impactful journalists who consistently approach their profession with great skill and expertise, enjoy an exceptionally high reputation, and can serve as a model for others. 

Präsentation der Preisträger*innen

PRESENTATION OF THE WINNERS

The award-winning works/a shortlist will be made available to the public before the festival to enable a greater reception of their works. The winners will be honoured at Reeperbahn Festival and will take part in conference talks or discussions that address the subject of music and media.