Internet outlet Chai Khana has been nominated for two awards at the international contest ADAMI Media Prize for the best website and the best Internet video. Both the site and the video have been created with the financial support from MYMEDIA.
The competition, which is held for the first time this year, has collected TV and online pieces on cultural diversity and intercultural dialogue in Eastern Europe. In total, there were around 100 materials from Azerbaijan, Armenia, Georgia, Belarus, Moldova, and Ukraine. The best of them were chosen by the jury, consisting of representatives of "UA: First" and public service broadcasters from other countries.
Some of the winning films may be shown on TV-channels in France, Austria or Germany.
"It is important that the European viewers saw the problems that were discussed there not only through the eyes of the European reporters, but also from the perspective of the local journalists," said the contest director, Stefan Tolz, in an interview on "UA: First".
Ten nominees got shortlisted for the competition, and four winners will be announced on December 10 in Tbilisi. They will receive a prize of several thousand Euros, and the opportunity to present their works on the European TV channels.
The website Chai Khana is fighting for the prize in the category for the best online resource on Caucasus and setting a dialogue between the countries and people in the region.
"This resource impressed us with its diversity. It is because it covers culture, politics, customs and traditions ", explained their choice one of the jury members, Azeri journalist Irada Aliyeva.
Azeri journalist Oktay Namazov can become one of the winners as well. He is the one who made the video "30 families of the village of Griz" for Chai Khana.
It is about the inhabitants of the village, which is located on one of the highest points in Azerbaijan, and which is almost cut off from civilization. It is impossible to get out from the village during snowy winters.
"Previously, 700 families lived there, and now, only thirty families remained. They have problems, but they have put up with them, so the people no longer feel these issues. This is the core of their tragedy. These people are trying, but they still cannot support their own culture, and this way, they are losing its beauty," says the journalist about the idea of his story.
The story was featured in one of the first issues of Chai Khana; it was about the ethnic and religious minorities of Caucasus and became one of the most successful materials which gathered more than 1,200 hits on Youtube and more than 150 likes on Facebook.
Director and founder of Chai Khana Caroline Sutcliffe said that ADAMI Prize nomination was the first serious recognition in the history of the project. "Chai Khana is not yet a year old, and for us, it is a great honor and at the same time, a challenge. We are a young team, and we still have a lot to learn. Such competitions only motivate us to make our products even better. "