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22.05.2012

Dietmar Mascher conferred with the Horst Knapp Prize 2011

  • Dietmar Mascher, head of the business department and deputy editor-in-chief of the daily newspaper Oberösterreichische Nachrichten, was conferred with the renowned Horst Knapp Prize for his journalistic achievements at an awards ceremony at Bank Austria on Monday evening.

At the ceremony, Willibald Cernko, CEO of Bank Austria, explained, "Heading up the business department of an important provincial daily newspaper along with the responsibility of acting as deputy editor-in-chief is quite a daunting task, even when times are not that turbulent. Journalists like Dietmar Mascher who know how to report on complex issues in a clear, easy-to-understand and yet high-quality manner despite being under constant time pressure on a day-to-day basis are sure to have a long career in journalism. And those who also write frequent in-depth reports and commentaries on a wide variety of topics not only shine as journalists but also prove themselves to be worthy recipients of the Horst Knapp Prize. In today’s world of journalism, it is by no means a small feat to achieve a balance between reaching a wide audience and producing a quality publication."

"Dietmar Mascher has always been concerned with getting his readers interested in economic issues and making the world of business understandable for them. In his articles and commentaries, he pays great attention to providing a synopsis of the issues and illuminating them from various angles. He relies on a critical evaluation of the matter at hand and avoids the temptation to offer simplified descriptions and reproduce the opinions of the masses without question. In other words, he manages to make complex issues tangible and comprehensible", said Ewald Nowotny, governor of the Oesterreichische Nationalbank (Austrian central bank), in his speech praising this year’s prize recipient.

The Horst Knapp Prize has been sponsored annually by Bank Austria since 1996 and is awarded to journalists by an independent jury in memory of the long-standing doyen of Austrian economic journalism. The award is for EUR 6,000. The jury is headed by Ewald Nowotny, governor of the Austrian central bank. The Horst Knapp Prize recognises outstanding journalistic achievements that present complex economic issues in a particularly clear, comprehensible manner.

Dietmar Mascher (45) was born in Ansfelden, Austria, and studied law at the Johannes Kepler University of Linz while working at the same time. Mascher began his journalistic career in 1987 as a freelance journalist and caricaturist. He was a member of the Upper Austrian editorial staff for Der Standard from 1989 to 1992 (with a focus on provincial politics and the courts) and became an editor at the Upper Austrian Kurier in 1992 (courts and chronicle). He has been working for Oberösterreichische Nachrichten since 1992: first as a business editor and from 1998 to 2003 as the deputy head of the business department. In 2003, he became the head of the business department, and in July 2008, Mascher also took on the role of deputy editor-in-chief.

Prominent jury recognises outstanding achievements in economic journalism
The independent jury includes other renowned members: Karl Aiginger, head of the Austrian Institute for Economic Research; Margarete Freisinger, a freelance journalist; Martin Halama, corporate spokesman for Bank Austria; Edeltraud Hanappi-Egger, professor at the Vienna University of Economics and Business; Andrea Helige, a public relations consultant; Veit Sorger, president of the Federation of Austrian Industries; Josef Zechner, professor at the Vienna University of Economics and Business; and the winner of last year’s prize, Michael Bachner, head of the business department at the daily newspaper Kurier.

The following journalists have been awarded the Horst Knapp Prize in the past: Reinhard Göweil and Waltraud Langer (1996), Georg Wailand (1997) and Regina Forster (sponsorship award 1997), Michael Hann (1998), Liselotte Palme (1999), Andreas Schnauder (2000), Walter Sonnleitner (2001), Margarete Freisinger (2002), Richard Wiens (2003), Christine Domforth (2004), Michael Csoklich and Eva Pfisterer (2005), Renate Graber (2006), Helmut Gansterer (2007), Michael Nikbakhsh (2008), Luise Ungerboeck and Franz Schellhorn (2009), and Michael Bachner (2010).


Enquiries: Bank Austria Press Office Austria
 Martin Halama, Tel. +43 (0)5 05 05 ext. 52371
 E-mail: martin.halama@unicreditgroup.at


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