The Al Jazeera Media Network has won four Webby awards in a contest that’s frequently known as the Emmy’s of their internet world.
The Qatar-based system’s earnings emerged from out of over 13,000 entries from a range of media businesses, including the Washington Post, National Geographic, Disney, New York Times, Huffington Post, Vox and many more.
Adhering to the motto of committing”a voice to the voiceless”, Al Jazeera’s AJ Short Growing up too fast in Afghanistan picked a Webby jury win as well as a top prize in the People’s Voice class.
The brief movie tells the heart-rending narrative of 14-year old Khudai, whose father was murdered by Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or ISIS). Khudai would love to live a normal youth, but now must face the fact of ensuring the survival of the five sisters and mother\.
“I find other kids with their school bags and pens and want I went to school too, researched, read and wrote,” Khudai clarified in the brief film, which was recognised by additional award competitions this year.
Contrast, Al Jazeera’s virtual reality apparatus, also picked up a win for Best Series in the People’s Voice competition for 7 Stories for 7 Years.
The series tracks the aspirations of seven Syrian teens in among the world’s biggest refugee camps, Za’atari at Jordan. Marah, among those characters in the show, is 18 and also the mother of a five-month-old young child. She’s also a photographer and filmmaker.
“My message to each woman in the world is do not quit begging for any motive,” Marah said in the 360 movie.
Carlos van Meek, director of Digital Innovation and Programming, said he’s pleased with his group’s performance and believes winning the awards evidence there’s space for news and current affairs from the digital space.
“These wins show that Al Jazeera Digital is well placed to keep on telling strong stories from places like Afghanistan and Allied refugee camps in Jordan long after the media spotlight might have vanished,” he said.
“Awards like the Webby’s fortify Al Jazeera’s mission to enable individuals by sharing their own stories with a global audience,” van Meek added.
The AJ English online series In Real Life also scooped up a win for the 14-minute expose of pandemic food residues in the United States.
The series’s producer-presenter, Yara Elmjouie, mentioned one third of edible food is discarded every year in the US, thrown into dumpsters by supermarkets, restaurants and customers.
Medals will be hauled during the 23rd annual Webby gala to be held in new york on May 13an event that is well attended by press associates, innovators and actors.