The festival’s podcast jury will feature experts in technologies, analytics, media and the arts
For the second year, the traditional categories of the Prix Bohemia Radio Festival are joined by the Podcast category. This category responds to the significant interest in listening to and producing podcasts that has been observed in the Czech environment in recent years. The festival continues to reflect the current trend of multimedia content.
The jurors for the Podcast category will include Adam Javůrek – an analyst at Czech Radio. He analyses the listenership of podcasts and on-demand programmes and follows foreign trends in new media, including podcasts and their distribution. He produced his first podcast back in 2006, but fell for the format completely when he heard the "Our Computers, Ourselves" episode from the Invisibilia podcast five years ago. In more recent years, he was involved in the launch of Vinohradská 12 and Čekání na prezidenta (Waiting for the President) podcasts. Before Czech Radio, he worked with the Respekt weekly and the Hospodářské noviny newspaper, to name a few. He is looking forward to someone starting a podcast about ski jumping someday.
Another jury seat will go to Jana Maťková. Born in Žilina, Slovakia, she studied journalism at Comenius University in Bratislava. During her studies, she started working with the SME daily newspaper as a video reporter. In 2014, she moved to the public broadcaster RTVS (Radio and Television of Slovakia), where she worked with Radio Slovakia as a news editor in the Radiožurnál programme and as a presenter of the K věci (To the Point) programme. After four years, she joined Podnikajte.sk, where she became the editor-in-chief. Since January 2020, she has returned to SME as the head of the podcast and video section. She also hosts the daily Good Morning podcast, for which she and her team won this year’s Podcast of the Year Award. During her tenure, two of the SME's podcast miniseries - Odsúdení na neúspech (Condemned to Failure) about the Roma community in Slovakia and My sa vám ozveme (We will get back to you) about the disadvantaged on the labour market - won the Journalist Award in the Podcast category.
Journalist with a focus on media and new technologies Filip Rožánek is the third member of the jury. He has long been devoted to the topic of TV and radio broadcasting. At present, as editor of the professional Digizone.cz website, he follows what’s new in the audio-visual industry, on streaming platforms and in electronic media. Previously, he worked as editor-in-chief of the professional Marketing & Media weekly, as an editor of the online version of the newspaper Hospodářské noviny and in various roles at Czech Radio. During his time at the public broadcaster, he was involved in the launch and further development of its social networks, the redevelopment of children's broadcasting and numerous Internet projects. He was awarded the Journalism Award for his project "August 1968 - live coverage of the past", which mapped the events linked to the occupation of Czechoslovakia on social media.
The competition’s results will also be in the hands of Jakub Skalický, television scriptwriter and director. He studied not only humanities and medicine, but also at the FAMU film academy in Prague. Parallel to his studies, he devoted himself to his future profession, which he grew familiar with in a number of assistant positions. Since the mid-1990s, he has worked on his own audio-visual projects as an author and director. Puls, Kult-off, Horečka páteční noci, Paskvil (Pulse, Cult-off, Friday Night Fever, Paskvil), all of them multi-episode series reporting mainly on progressive culture and art.
A grand total of twenty one jurors will be deciding the winners of the 39th annual Prix Bohemia Radio festival awards. National and international radio professionals will sit on each of the juries for the documentary, drama, news report, and podcast categories and decide which works will reach the main competition.
Since the turn of the millennium he has been involved in socio-cultural programmes such as Kosmopolis and Folklorika. He also produced several educational series for Czech Television (ČT), the NGO People in Need and the Anticomplex association. Over the years, he has also gained experience in producing radio programmes for Czech Radio station Vltava. In recent years, he has worked on larger-scale socio-cultural documentaries such as Concerto Bohemia, UMPRUM 150 or the PopStory and On the TV Programme series. Moreover, he is the author of the flagship ČT Art programme ArtZóna, which has been running week after week for the sixth year now during prime time. Together with Aleš Najbrt, they are currently finishing the co-production series Identity about Czech graphic design.
Roman Štětina is the fifth jury member. He graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague in 2015, after spending two years at the Städelschule in Frankfurt am Main in the studio of Judith Hopf and Douglas Gordon. In 2014 he was awarded the Jindřich Chalupecký Award for visual artists under 35. Since 2016 he has worked as an assistant professor in the studio of Dušan Zahoranský and Pavla Sceranková at the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague, where he is also completing his PhD studies.
In his freelance work he explores the ways in which content is produced in media such as film, television and radio. His videos, installations and creations foreground props, sound and film studios, and technologies that usually hide behind the sounds and images perceived by the audience.
He has created a number of programmes for Czech Radio and has contributed to the podcasts Umění pro město (GHMP), Kolíbka, Radio Frakce (Art for the city, Cradle, Radio Fraction), among others.
The last jury member is Lenka Veverková, dramaturge with Czech Radio. She is involved in producing radio dramas and readings both for adults and children. She is the dramaturge of winning titles of multiple Prix Bohemia editions in the Drama category such as Hoří, Širší než nebe, Krásný mladý obludy, Třináct… (Burning, The Sky is Wider, Beautiful Young Monsters, Thirteen...).
She graduated with a master's degree from the Department of Theory and Criticism at the Theater Academy DAMU, and finished her studies with a thesis on Radio Dramatisation - between diegesis and mimesis. She now teaches a seminar on radio dramaturgy at the Department of Theatre and Film Studies at Palacký University in Olomouc. She is the author of radio adaptations of books such as Spalovač mrtvol, Už zase skáču přes kaluže, Hlavní přelíčení and Pan Theodor Mundstock (The Cremator, I Can Jump Puddles, Main Hearing and Mr Theodor Mundstock). She enjoys various forms of storytelling, theatre and books.