Untuk setiap kategorinya, para juri dan juga user internet akan memilih blog mana saja yang kali ini akan menjadi blog terbaik dalam kompetisi The BOBs ke 6 ini.
Ajang kompetisi blog The BOBs telah memasuki tahap yang menentukan, yaitu tahap voting online yang dimulai tanggal 15 Maret 2010. Keterangan singkat seluruh blog nominasi dapat dilihat di www.thebobs.com. Di sana, sampai tanggal 14 April 2010, para user internet juga memiliki kesempatan untuk memberikan suaranya bagi blog favorit untuk dipilih sebagai blog terbaik pilihan user.
Partisipasi besar kembali ditunjukkan para user internet di seluruh dunia dalam The BOBs kali ini. Lebih dari 8300 blog diajukan untuk ikut kompetisi. Juri internasional yang terdiri dari para blogger terkenal telah memilih 11 blog nominasi untuk masing-masing kategori. Tahun ini terdapat enam kategori campuran (Best Weblog, Best Videoblog, Best Podcast, Blogwurst Award, Reporters Without Borders serta Special Award Climate Change). Blog-blog yang dinominasikan dalam kategori di atas terdiri dari blog dari seluruh bahasa yagn ikut dikompetisikan. Selain itu, juga terdapat 11 kategori bahasa: Bahasa Arab, Bengali, Cina, Jerman, Inggris, Persia, Perancis, Indonesia, Portugis, Rusia dan Spanyol.
Dalam ajang kali ini, The BOBs menyediakan kategori khusus, yang menetapkan weblog atau podcast terbaik yang mengupas tema perubahan iklim. Kepala Redaksi DW-RADIO dan DW-WORLD.DE Marc Koch mengatakan, „Perubahan iklim saat ini telah menjadi tema internasional. Semua negara serta lapisan masyarakat berkutat dengan tema ini.” Perubahan iklim juga merupakan tema yang diangkat dalam Global Media Forum yang diselnggarakan Deutsche Welle pada bulan Juni 2010 mendatang di Bonn.
The BOBs dalam re:publica
Hal yang baru dalam penyelenggaraan The BOBs kali ini adalah kerjasama yang dilakukan dengan re:publica, konferensi blogger dan internet terbesar di Jerman. Rapat juri akan diadakan bersamaan dengan digelarnya re:publica di Berlin. Selain itu, pengumuman pemenang The BOBs akan dilaksanakan dalam sebuah acara yang digelar re:publica bagi umum di Friedrichstadtpalast Berlin, 15 April 2010.Seperti biasa, untuk setiap kategorinya akan dipilih dua pemenang: satu pemenang pilihan user dan satu pemenang pilihan juri.
Selain organisasi Reporters Without Borders, The BOBs didukung oleh re:publica sebagai mitra premium. Juga tahun ini, sebagai mitra, media-media terkenal di dunia turut mendukung penyelenggaraan kompetisi blog internasional ini.
Petra Füchsel/Yuniman Farid
Editor: Ayu Purwaningsih
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Deutsche Welle's International Weblog Awards are led by an international jury of independent journalists, media experts and bloggers. The jury has the difficult task of making nominations and deciding on Jury Award winners in each of the categories.
Ai Weiwei is not just an internationally renowned Chinese artist, but a dedicated blogger as well! His blog regularly comments on both cultural events, and civil liberties in China. Following the massive earthquake in Sichuan Province in May 2008, the Chinese government refused to publish the names of 5000 dead school children. Ai Weiwei instigated a grass-roots movement demanding explanation. In his blog, he published the details of as many of the children as he could identify. As a result of his blogging, Ai Weiwei was assaulted at the instigation of the authorities. His blog has been locked in China since May 2009 and access is only possible through foreign host sites.
Amira Al Husseini
Amira Al Hussaini is a Bahraini columnist, translator, editor and blogger whose work in print media started in 1991. In 2004, she started blogging and two years later joined Global Voices Online (GVO), as its Middle East and North Africa and Arabic Language Editor. In 2008, Amira ran Voices without Vote, a GVO project commissioned by Reuters, to track and summarise the reactions of citizen journalists to the US presidential elections and foreign policy. Today, she is the Managing Editor of Bahrain Telegraph, a monthly current affairs news magazine.
Prior to joining Yahoo! as Country Editor for Indonesia in October 2009, Budi Putra was a Jakarta-based tech writer and professional blogger. Before moving into blogging, he worked as an editor of Tempo, a weekly news magazine that was forbidden under Ex-President Suharto. He is also the founder of the English-language Asia Blogging Network and has published numerous books on the Internet and digital technology.
Claire Ulrich grew up in West and Central Africa. Claire has 20 years professional experience in print and TV media but in 2004, she discovered the world of citizen journalism. Her work for Ohmynews brought her to the attention of Global Voices, and she now edits the french edition. As a journalist and linguist, Claire is particularly interested in translation tools, freedom of expression in the internet and internet skills in developing countries.
Farnaz Seifi is an Iranian journalist, women rights activist and blogger. During the last 5 years, she has been actively involved in Iranian women's movement, Iran's civil society and cyber-feminism. She has worked for different dailies and online feminist websites in Iran where she was one of the first Iranian feminist bloggers. Farnaz is also one of the founders of the "Zanestan", the first Iranian women's online magazine.
Jens Berger is a free-lance journalist and political blogger. His weblog "Der Spiegelfechter" is one of the most read political blogs in the German sphere. Jens' blog postings and his articles for the online magazines "Telepolis" and "der Freitag" are committed to promoting discussion about alternative political and economic ideas. Above all, Jens would like to see more honesty in politics.
Lucie Morillon is the director of the Internet Freedom Desk at Reporters Without Borders in Paris. Reporters Without Borders is an NGO committed to defending and promoting freedom of the press worldwide. Reporters Without Borders is a key source of support for imprisoned journalists and bloggers. Since 2000, Lucie has worked as an international coordinator in a wide variety of sectors within Reporters Without Borders. For the past five years, Lucie has been Reporters without Borders' US representative.
Mark Glaser is editor-in-chief of "PBS MediaShift" and "PBS Idea Lab". He is also the author of the fortnightly OPA Intelligence Reports for "The Online Publishers Association". Mark's long and winding career as a free-lance journalist has had many twists and turns. It has, amongst other things, included columns on hip-hop, reviews of videogames, travel journalism and satirical takes on the titans of technology! Mark is a frequent contributer to the Online Journalism Review and currently blogs at MediaShift.
Rosana Hermann is an author, script writer, TV host and one of Brazil's most popular bloggers. In 2008, Rosanna won the BOBs Award in the "Best Portuguese Weblog" category. Rosanna studied journalism and nuclear physics at university. She has worked for the Brazilian TV stations SBT, Rede Globo and Band. She is currently creative director at R7, one of Brazil's biggest internet portals.
Rustem Adagamow is one of the best known Russian bloggers and photo journalists. Rustem came to blogging in 1996 during a work trip to Norway. At the time, he was simply looking for a way to while away the long, dark Norwegian nights. Today his is the most popular blog in the Russian blogosphere! Rustem also works for SUP, the company behind leading Russian blog platform Livejournal.com. Rustem also gained attention in 2009, when he became the only photojournalist allowed to accompany the rescue services at a mass-scale industrial accident at Russia's biggest hydro-eclectic power station. Shortly after this adventure, he was invited to join the Kremlin's select reporter pool.
Syeda Gulshan Ferdous Jana
Seyda Gulshan Ferdous Jana is co-founder of "somewhere in...", the first and biggest community for bloggers writing in Bengali. Syeda has worked in the Bangladeshi IT sector for 12 years. She is currently in charge of the Cooperation and User Support section of "somewhere in...". Syeda blogs daily and stays in close contact with her blogger community. She remains convinced that blogging has an important social role to play in developing countries.
Vanina Berghella is an Argentinian journalist and blogger who writes about media, journalism, Internet and blogs. Her blog "La Propaladora" is one of the most famous blogs in the Argentinian blogosphere. She is one of the founders and project manager of Clarin Blogs, the largest blogging community in Argentina.
Past jury members
Clothilde Le Coz
Martijn de Waal
Shuguang Zhou (Zola)
José Luis Orihuela
Ladybird (Roads to iraq)
José Luis Orihuela
José Luis Orihuela
Loic le Meur
José Luis Orihuela
Mohammed Ali Farhat
Thomas N. Burg