FOCUS online, the news portal of the publishing company BurdaForward (including,, TV Spielfilm) is launching a new constructive prize. The “Constructive World Award” is intended to honor the social and journalistic work of those who constructively think and move our world forward.

“One Purpose, Many Faces” – this is the motto under which the award will be presented for the first time in June 2023. In contrast to other journalism prizes, the Constructive World Awards also honor those people who are behind the outstanding media contributions with their projects and ideas. That is why so-called “tandems” of media professionals and actors (individuals, associations, foundations) are awarded.

“The future will be shaped both by those who actively make a difference and by those who report on it and determine the opinion of many with their journalistic attitude. We want to make visible the power that lies in looking forward in a solution-oriented manner,” says Florian Festl, Editor-in-Chief of FOCUS online.

As a prelude to the DLD Conference tomorrow, Friday, some of the jury members of the new award will be discussing “Constructivity in media and society” with Florian Festl. The jury includes Ana-Cristina Grohnert (Chairwoman of the Diversity Charter), Prof. Dr. Maren Urner (Co-Founder Perspective Daily), Steffi Czerny (Founder and Managing Director DLD), Katja Speck (Founder and CMO of DigitalMarketExpert) and Katharina Hinze (Co-Managing Director Ashoka).

Media professionals can now submit their award-worthy constructive work via and apply together with the actor of their contribution. The award is presented in six categories, which are derived from a total of 17 goals for sustainable development of the UN. These are Innovative Infrastructure, Universal Empowerment, Better Planet, Fundamental Survival, Economic Life and Peaceful Guidance. In an additional seventh category, the Constructive Hero, an audience prize will be awarded.

The aim of the new constructive prize is to reflect the diversity of the media industry in Germany. Therefore, editorial contributions in print, video, audio, web and cross-media formats are taken into account in the jury evaluation.

The Constructive World Award is to be presented once a year in the future. At the same time, it will be the starting point for a constructive network in which media professionals, initiators and drivers of sustainable model projects and initiatives can exchange and develop their ideas. The first award ceremony in the summer of 2023 will take place in Munich with media accompaniment. Future-oriented solutions will be the focus of both the program design and the event itself. Therefore, the award itself is designed and produced in an environmentally friendly way by the Munich artist Janine Mackenroth.

Further information about the Constructive World Award, the composition of the jury and the application can be found here:

BurdaForward is the digital media house of the future. With the journalistic offers FOCUS online, CHIP, TV Spielfilm Online,, Finanz100, FIT FOR FUN, NetMoms, TheWeatherChannel, and cardscout, the company inspires more than 38 million people every month (AGOF). With its portals, the publishing house is a driving force in the public debate – also out of tradition, because BurdaForward is part of the family company Hubert Burda Media. The Burda subsidiary has set itself the goal of accompanying people individually through the day with reliable and solution-oriented content. For BurdaForward, this means breaking new ground, being critical and at the same time looking constructively to the future. The company is constantly reinventing itself – from marketing or technology to editing – and thus creates the news offers of the future on the basis of innovative technologies.