Members of the Jury are the literary scholar Professor Dr. Sabine Doering (Carl von Ossietzky University Oldenburg), the journalist and author Dr. Gunter Hofmann (Die ZEIT, Berlin), Friedrich-Wilhelm Kramer, former director of the NDR Broadcasting Centre Schleswig-Holstein, freelance journalist and Lecturer for Media and Politics in Riga and Hamburg, the sociology Professor em. Dr. Dieter Rucht (Freie Universität Berlin) as well as the historian Professor Dr. Martin Sabrow, Director of the Centre for Contemporary History in Potsdam and Professor for Modern and Contemporary History at the Humboldt University in Berlin.
The literary scholar Sabine Doering studied German philology and evangelical theology in Göttingen, Germany and Geneva, Switzerland. Following her studies she worked at the Uniuversity of Göttingen and then for many years at the University of Regensburg, where she earned her doctorate and qualified as a professor. She has been a Professor for modern German literature at the Carl von Ossietzky University in Oldenburg since 2001.
The journalist and author Gunter Hofmann studied political science, sociology and philosophy at university. After earning his doctorate degree he worked as a correspondent for the newspaper Stuttgarter Zeitung for many years. He has been working for the weekly newspaper Die Zeit since 1977.
Friedrich-Wilhelm Kramer studied political science and communication science at the Universities of Braunschweig, Hamburg and Berlin. Initially he worked as an independent journalist for numerous newspapers and broadcasters. In 1973 he became a copy editor and reporter for the NDR Broadcast company in Hannover, and then in Hamburg.
The sociologist Dieter Rucht studied sociology, sports science and political science at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich. He earned his doctorate in 1980, from which two publications were developed: „Von Wyhl nach Gorleben (From Wyhl to Gorleben)“ in 1980, and „Planung und Partizipation (Planning and Participation)“ in 1982.
The historian Martin Sabrow studied history, German language and literature, political science and philosophy at the universities of Kiel, Marburg and Bremen. In 1993 he earned his doctorate degree at the University of Freiburg with a thesis on political assassinations in the early Weimar Republic. Since 1994 he has been a lecturer at various universities.