AJ Contrast wins Gracie Award | Media News

Al Jazeera Digital’s storytelling studio wins for an interactive web site highlighting the challenges of girls with disabilities in navigating megacities.

Al Jazeera’s immersive storytelling and media innovation studio, AJ Distinction, has gained a prestigious Gracie Award for the second consecutive 12 months.

Now of their forty seventh 12 months, the Washington, DC-based awards – hosted by the Alliance for Girls in Media Basis (AWMF) – recognise excellence in work produced by, for and about girls.

Al Jazeera Digital’s all-woman AJ Distinction crew gained the coveted award on April 13 within the Web site ‐ Data/Leisure class for Inaccessible Cities, an interactive web site that brings audiences into the lived expertise of three girls with disabilities as they battle to navigate their lives in Mumbai, Lagos and New York.

A couple of billion individuals – roughly 15 p.c of the worldwide inhabitants – expertise some type of incapacity. Lots of them stay in city areas.

The Inaccessible Cities web site launches with a easy query: “How would you get round a megacity in case you couldn’t stroll, see indicators or hear vehicles passing by?”

The undertaking follows within the footsteps of AJ Distinction’s a number of award-winning digital and augmented actuality expertise, Nonetheless Right here, which explores the impact of imprisonment and gentrification on Black girls in the USA. And as with Nonetheless Right here, the goal of Inaccessible Cities is to generate consciousness on an vital however usually uncared for subject, in keeping with Zahra Rasool, head of AJ Distinction.

“We needed to point out how an absence of accessible public transport and infrastructure stop individuals with disabilities – particularly girls with disabilities – from totally and independently taking part in society,” mentioned Rasool.

“It’s a fantastic honour to be recognised by the Gracie’s,” she added. “Our goal is to proceed inspiring a brand new commonplace for digital information content material that’s totally inclusive of individuals with disabilities and to deliver consciousness to their challenges via collaboration with journalists with disabilities, native expertise and, most significantly, the unimaginable girls who’re the topic of this interactive expertise.”

The announcement marks the second consecutive 12 months that Al Jazeera Digital gained within the prestigious competitors, with Rasool and Malika Bilal – host of Al Jazeera Digital’s information and present affairs podcast, The Take – reeling in wins in 2021 for Greatest On-line Producer and Greatest Podcast Host, respectively.

Gracie Honorable Mentions had been additionally conferred upon Sandra Gathmann, the host of AJ Digital’s information and present affairs explainer sequence, Begin Right here, and to Stacey Samuel within the Podcast Producer class for The Take.

“We couldn’t be extra happy with AJ Distinction,” mentioned Carlos van Meek, Al Jazeera Digital’s director of innovation and programmes. “Whatever the myriad challenges raised throughout the pandemic, the small however pushed AJ Distinction crew has continued to innovate and place itself on the centre of vital tales. We’re enormously happy with their accomplishments.”

This 12 months’s Gracie Awards will likely be sponsored by a number of trade heavyweights, together with CNN, HBO, Premiere and Audacy and can happen on Might 24, on the Beverly Wilshire Resort in Los Angeles.

The entire record of Gracie winners will be discovered of their winner’s gallery.

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