The Deutsche Welle International Blog Awards – The BOBs – honors websites in 11 languages that champion the open exchange of ideas and freedom of expression. When the annual awards launched in 2004, blog were just beginning to establish themselves as a new type of media and the BOBs aimed to show that this new form of communication was worthy of being taken seriously.
We want to hear from you – but you’ll have to get you message to us between February 13 and March 13. That’s when the window is open for suggestions to the BOBs 2012.
You’ll be able to suggest candidates in all 17 categories after registering using Facebook, Twitter, VKontakte or Sina Weibo or using your OpenID. We’re hoping this helps open the BOBs up to countries where the usual social network suspects aren’t necessarily the most popular services.
And just as a quick reminder: It doesn’t matter how many times a blog is suggested to the BOBs – once it’s in, it’s in. Unlike other awards, the number of times a site is suggested does not play a role in whether it advances to the next round.
February 13 to March 13: Suggest the blogs, websites and projects that impress you.
April 2 to May 2: Look over the nominees and in each category and vote for the ones you think represent the best of the best.
May 2: Sit back and find out who won as we announce the winners.
June 26: Come to Bonn, Germany, and meet the Jury Award winners at the Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum.
For more information, check out http://thebobs.com/english/about/about-2/