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LGT Media Award 2022: The winners have been announced

Every year, LGT Bank Österreich honors outstanding journalistic work with the LGT Media Award. This year, the LGT Media Award goes to five journalists from «Die Zeit», «Salzburger Nachrichten» and the «Kleine Zeitung».

More information Meinhard Platzer (CEO LGT Bank Österreich), Claire Herrmann, Claudia Mann, Hannah Zaunschirm (Kleine Zeitung), Helmut Kretzl (Salzburger Nachrichten), S.D. Prinz Philipp von und zu Liechtenstein (Honorary Chairman LGT)

This year's LGT Media Award was presented by H.S.H. Prince Philipp on Tuesday, April 26, 2022 at a ceremony in the City Palace Liechtenstein. «Dedicated and qualified journalism is indispensable for understanding economic structures and developments. We would like to honor this achievement with the LGT Media Award. We want to present and award those journalists, who understand how to present the sometimes dry and very complex economic topics in a clear and understandable way,» says Meinhard Platzer, CEO of LGT Bank Österreich. Additionally, Prof. Gerd Gigerenzer presented a keynote at the gala which addressed the complex topic of «Communication of risks in the media».  This year, five proud winners were honoured. We warmly congratulate the winners of the LGT Media Award 2022.


The winners

This year, the prize, with a total value of 9000 EURO, was awarded to five winners in three categories:

  • Angela Köckritz won the prize in the print category for her article «Lieb und teuer» in «Die Zeit.» The article highlights the special role of the extended family in Africa's economic development and states that the extended family is both a blessing and a curse: it hinders economic development, but also provides social security. What is more, Angela Köckritz deals with the ambivalence of development, sense of community and individualization. Jury member Mag. Corinna Milborn: «An extraordinary article that focuses on an under-lit factor in Africa's economic development: financial obligations to the extended family. The author dives deep into the mechanisms of these family financial networks in an ideologically unbiased way, remaining observant without judging: She combines protagonists, reportage, and knowledge into an insightful text where one learns something new.»
    Winner article
  • Helmut Kretzl, Salzburger Nachrichten, convinced the jury with his article «Kein Ständchen für R2D2» in the category «Digitalization», which has been this year’s focus topic. «Factually researched, but always with a smile on the lips, robots, their development history and their effect are illuminated without letting the reader drift too much into a science fiction world. Very successful,» says jury member KR Mag. Ursula Simacek. Kretzl takes a tour through the eventful history of the concept of robots as artificial work assistants and technical slaves to relieve humans - an idea that is as old as the hills and goes back to the medieval concept of the humunculus. Furthermore, he writes about the benefits of robots, about what people associate with them and why they are sometimes scary to us.
    Winner article

  •  In the category «Digital», Claudia Mann, Julia Zötsch and Hannah Zaunschirm won with their video on cryptocurrencies from the Kleine Zeitung. The podcast explores the question of what investors can do when a savings account no longer yields a return. According to their podcast, young people would increasingly invest in cryptocurrencies in this situation. The episode «What's up - get rich with crypto?» provides compact and sound information on investing in digital currencies, but leaves enough room for viewers to make up their own minds about the investments. Jury member Dr. Franz Schellhorn: «In their contribution, Claudia Mann, Julia Zötsch and Hannah Zaunschirm have managed to present an extremely complex topic in a way that is easy to understand. The article is informative not only for the younger audience, but for everyone who wants to know how cryptocurrencies work. We'll all never fully understand it, but that's no different from the classic monetary system.»
    Winner video

LGT Media Award 2023

With this award, we would like to continue to make a contribution to the appreciation of journalistic quality in the field of financial and business reporting in Austria. For this reason, we are pleased to announce the award again in 2023. The terms and conditions of the competition will be announced shortly. We are already looking forward to receiving your submissions. 

You can find the contributions of this year's winners right here.

  • Review of the LGT Media Prize 2021
  • Review of the LGT Media Prize 2020
  • Review of the LGT Media Prize 2019

LGT Media Prize 2021

Journalistic quality in financial and business reporting is important. Therefore, this year's prize money of 9,000 euros (3,000 euros per award) is now even higher and is awarded to journalists who are able to convey complex economic and financial topics in a lively, sophisticated and understandable way.

The top-class jury will award prizes to those outstanding journalistic contributions from print or online media that are distinguished by a high level of expertise in describing economic interrelationships, a great deal of research effort, but also by a high degree of comprehensibility for a broad public. Above all, it should be recognizable that the author deals with those developments and trends in the markets that have an impact on all areas of the economy.

This year, the LGT Medienpreis 2021 will be presented in the following three categories:

  • Financial and economic reporting Print
  • Financial and business reporting Digital
  • Special Issue 2021: "Covid-19 in a financial or economic context”

All journalists of German-language print and online media with an Austrian editorial address who appear daily, periodically or as specialist media are entitled to participate. All journalistic forms of presentation published between 1 December 2019 and 31 December 2020 are eligible for evaluation. The author's relationship to the medium under employment law is irrelevant.

Submission deadline: January 31, 2021

If you would like to submit one or more articles, please click here

LGT Media Prize 2020

Journalistic quality in the area of financial and business reporting is important. That is why LGT Bank Austria has been awarding the LGT Medienpreis for more than 10 years. The award comes with a prize of 6,000 euros and is awarded to journalists who are able to communicate complex economic and financial issues in a lively, sophisticated and understandable way.

This year's LGT Medienpreis was presented on Wednesday, February 19, 2020. The LGT Medienpreis was announced for the 11th time and awarded for the 9th time. In two of the last several years, the Medienpreis was suspended because the independent jury did not consider any of the articles submitted worthy of the award.

That is all the more reason to highlight the quality of this year's submissions. The five-member jury had to evaluate over 40 contributions from 27 journalists.

The LGT Medienpreis was presented to the three proud winners by H.S.H. Prince Philipp von und zu Liechtenstein, Chairman of LGT, at a ceremony in the Liechtenstein City Palace. This year, the Munich sociologist Prof. Dr. Armin Nassehi presented a keynote address on a complex topic "Für welche Probleme ist die Digitalisierung die Lösung", and he explained how society is being rediscovered thanks to digitisation and benefiting from it.

LGT Bank wishes to congratulate the winners of the LGT Medienpreis 2020:

1st prize: "Die Erde gibt mehr, als wir glauben wollen" Jakob Zirm / Die Presse
2nd prize: "Der Selbstbetrug – Roland Berger, sein Nazivater und die Schuld der deutschen Wirtschaft" Hans-Peter Siebenhaar, Sönke Iwersen, Andrea Rexer, Marina Cveljo und Isabelle Wermke / Handelsblatt
3rd prize:  "Der Stall als Blackbox: Warum wir den Tod der Schweine ausblenden" Verena Kainrath / Der Standard

You can find the contributions of this year's winners right here: Booklet Medienpreis Gewinner 2020

"We need independent, high-quality journalism in Austria. That is why the promotion of business journalism is particularly important to us, as it structures and presents problems for the reader in high-quality articles. This counteracts the tendency of many citizens to immunise themselves against facts and figures, a trend that is strongly driven by social media." Meinhard Platzer, Co-CEO of LGT Bank Austria.

On Wednesday, 27 February 2019, the LGT Medienpreis 2019, moderated by Michael Fleischhacker, was awarded in the Stadtpalais Liechtenstein. The award ceremony honors outstanding journalistic contributions by journalists in the field of economics and finance. 

From all submissions, an independent five-member jury evaluated and selected eight contributions in anonymous form. The prize is endowed with a total of EUR 6,000 and was presented by H.S.H. Prince Philipp von und zu Liechtenstein, Chairman LGT.

The lucky winners of the LGT Medienpreis 2019 are

1st prize: Pensionen: Reformdruck steigt Christian Höller / Die Presse
2nd prize: Kann man sich heute noch etwas aufbauen? Jeannine Hierländer, Nicole Stern, Jakob Zirm / Die Presse
3rd prize: Notruf Christina Hiptmayr / Profil
3rd prize: Artikel-Serie Kärnten Simone Hoepke / Kurier

As guest of honor, Dr. Charles Ritterbrand gave a keynote under the tile "Journalism - life-threatening and essential".

"Committed and qualified journalism is indispensable for understanding economic structures and developments. We would like to honor this achievement with the LGT Medienpreis. We want to introduce and reward those journalists who know how to present the sometimes dry and very complex economic topics in a clear and understandable way," says Meinhard Platzer, Co-CEO of LGT Bank Austria.

LGT Bank Österreich supports Teach For Austria as part of the «100 and 1 Partnership»

Teach For Austria
More information Petra Pajic and her class in Vienna get support by LGT Bank Österreich. (Foto: Doka)

Teach For Austria campaigns for equal opportunities in the educational system and fosters children and adolescents from low-income and educationally disadvantaged families.

To achieve this, Teach For Austria recruits university graduates who stand out both on a personal and on a professional level. After thorough educational preparation, they teach as fully-fledged teachers (fellows) for at least two years in urban secondary schools and 'new middle schools' that are subjected to an exceptionally high social burden. During this period, they are supported by experienced trainers.

LGT Bank Austria supports Fellow Petra Pajic, who teaches in a polytechnic in Vienna's 20th district. Like every fellow, she helps some 100 children to make up for deficits in performance at school each year.

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Meinhard Platzer, CEO LGT Bank Österreich

"The market for information is becoming bigger and more diverse all the time. This makes the media, which filter, contextualize, explain and comment on it, all the more important. By presenting the LGT Media Prize to outstanding young journalists, we hope to raise awareness of the importance of a free press."

Meinhard Platzer, CEO LGT Bank Österreich