Grimme Online Award

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Logo of the Grimme Online Awards
Grimme Online Award 2005, given to Wikipedia
The Grimme Online Award 2008
Intel Audience Award of the Grimme Online Awards 2005

The Grimme Online Award is a non-endowed award for journalistic quality on the Internet , which has been awarded since 2001 by the Grimme Institute , which also awards the prestigious Grimme TV Prize . Outstanding German-language online offers aimed at the general public are honored in several categories . The categories have been adapted several times to changed objectives.


During a nomination phase , broadcasters, agencies, production companies or other media or online providers, as well as any other Internet user, can submit proposals. The main focus here is on new forms and content of public communication. Offers that mainly serve advertising purposes are excluded from participation in the competition.

The proposals are preselected by a nomination committee. This is made up of professionals in the fields of journalism, science and new media. In 2008 nearly 1900 proposals were submitted.

The actual jury selects the winners from the up to 30 nominated websites. This is also made up of interdisciplinary experts. The evaluation criteria include content, design, communication, user-friendliness, intermediality (connection with other media), creativity and service. In addition, compliance with journalistic quality standards and the exercise of social responsibility are important.


The Grimme Online Award has been presented in three categories since 2005, and a fourth category was added in 2008:

  • The Grimme Online Award Information is given for “outstanding contributions to online journalism and the communication of information”.
  • The Grimme Online Award Knowledge and Education is aimed at offers that serve to "convey generally relevant knowledge content".
  • The Grimme Online Award for Culture and Entertainment calls for projects with a "high level of content and form".
  • The Grimme Online Award Special honors “innovative developments and individual journalistic services of particular quality” that cannot be assigned to the first three categories.

A maximum of eight online offers can be awarded in one year in the four categories. In addition, a public prize is awarded every year , which the public can choose from the list of nominees.

Award winners

The list of the winners of the Grimme Online Awards gives an overview of all previous winners.


There was criticism of the decision-making process for the Grimme Online Award in 2007, when the video podcast Electric Reporter was nominated again, although the author was initially represented on the jury. The Grimme Institute took up this criticism and changed the statute for the Grimme Online Award in such a way that since 2008 an overlap between jury membership and participation in the competition has been excluded from the start. In addition, a series of technical breakdowns made headlines in 2007, so that the award winners were announced on the award website two days before the planned date.

Web links

Commons : Grimme Online Award  - Album with pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Grimme Institute : Nominees 2008 ( Memento of the original from November 2, 2008 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  2. ^ Grimme Institute : Statute
  3. a b Der Spiegel : Grimme Online Award: Der Pannen-Preis , Konrad Lischka, Stefan Schultz, Richard Meusers, June 19, 2007
  4. ^ Grimme Institute : Statute
  5. Grimme Online Award: Reactions ( Memento of the original from December 16, 2012 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. , Daniel Große, June 19, 2007 @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /