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The Bobs begin its 11th edition

From February 2 to March 2 The Bobs will be accepting suggestions for its 11th annual award. Submissions are welcome in the competition’s 20 categories and 14 languages (Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, English, French, German, Hindi, Indonesian, Persian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Turkish and Ukrainian).

Remember, it doesn’t matter how often a blog or project or initiative is submitted 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.

Sorting the wheat from the chaff

The pressure is on the jury from March 2 to March 30. The Bobs’ panel of bloggers and media experts will decide on the 14 blogs that advance to the next round in the six main categories and the five that advance in the each of the language-specific categories. These are the blogs that will be in the running to win the award in 2014. From the very beginning, there have always been User Prizes and Jury Awards and this year isn’t going to be any different.

The names pretty much give it away, but here’s the breakdown: User Prize winners are decided by the public in an online vote. Separately and independently from the online vote, the Jury Awards will be decided when this year’s jury members get together for a two-day conference in Berlin. But while the jury members only honor blogs in the six multilingual categories, the world gets to hand out kudos in all 20 categories.

Online voting

We’ll open the ballot box on March 30 and seal it up on May 4. You can vote once per category and language every 24 hours. The nominee with the most votes wins the User Prize in each category.

Jury deliberations

Our jury members will meet at Deutsche Welle’s Berlin office to decide what sites deserve laurel wreaths on May 2 and 3.

And the winner is…

Whether they won the online vote or earned the jury’s accolades, all the winners will be announced on the Bobs’’ website on May 4. Jury Award winners will be invited to Bonn, Germany, to receive their award in person.

Collecting the goods

The Bobs will present Jury Award winners with their prize at a ceremony on June 22  as part of the Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum.