Julia JäkelChief Executive Officer
"The Gruner + Jahr publishing company and stern magazine award the Henri Nannen Prize to honor the best journalistic work of a given year.
Independent journalism is one of the pillars of our democracy. Independent quality journalism is the bedrock of Gruner + Jahr’s identity and success.
We therefore see it as our obligation to society to promote quality journalism, and with the Henri Nannen Prize pay tribute to the people who stand up for freedom of opinion and freedom of the press in their daily work, at times risking their lives and health."
Thomas Osterkornstern Editor-in-Chief
"The reportage is still the most demanding journalistic format to which further interesting styles have been added over the past few years bearing likewise great significance for the print media. Next to the Egon Erwin Kisch Award for the best reportage we will also honor these newer elements in the future with the Henri Nannen Award. In doing so we honor Nannen’s life work, to whom the stern still feels a deep bond."
Andreas Petzoldstern Editor-in-Chief
"Freedom of the press belongs to the fundamentals of good journalism. This, however, is not always matter of course but in many countries threatened by despotism and the arbitrariness of state authorities. This is the reason why we also annually present a Henri Nannen Award to a colleague who has in an exceptional way literally stood up and spoken out for press freedom somewhere in the world.
With a further Henri Nannen Award we also honor a journalist whose life’s work in the area of print media has had profound impact and left lasting impressions. For it may be the self-respect of a journalist to work for the day merely to be forgotten the next. Yet, it is often only in hindsight that we realize just how important such journalistic contributions were in shaping the future."
Printer and publisher Gruner + Jahr reaches readers and users in more than 30 countries with over 500 media activities, magazines and digital offers.
The stern is one of Germany's best known consumer magazines.