DFS announces best school magazine

DFS Deutsche Flugsicherung awards prize for the best school magazine in Germany

29.09.2014.- This year, secondary school leavers from the north and the south of Germany proved to be the best school journalists. They were chosen from a pool of 300 schools from across the country who had submitted entries to the DFS school magazine contest. The Theodor-Storm-Gymnasium in the northern town of Husum won top honours with a magazine that set itself apart with an exceptional visual concept. Different than the provocative title might suggest, the magazine provides a retrospective of the pupil's past five years together ranging from the serious to the thoughtful as well as the humorous. The main prize is a reunion party for all the pupils graduating from the school in 2014.

The second and third place winners come from Schyren-Gymnasium and the Friedrich-Schiller-Gymnasium in the southern German towns of Pfaffenhofen and Pfullingen, respectively. The magazine from Pfaffenhofen won the best cover award in an online voting contest. The DFS Managing Director Human Resources and Labour Director, Michael Hann, awarded the prizes on Friday and praised the pupils' achievements. It is noteworthy that today's youth still put so much effort into this medium even though print is suffering its largest crisis ever.

In addition to representatives from DFS, the jury included a journalist from a prominent magazine for youth and the press speaker from a popular radio station. These judges focused on six elements including title, concept, topics, writing, illustrations as well as overall impression of the school magazines. The jury selected ten magazines from six Federal States for the short list.

This was the 11th contest sponsored by DFS as part of its recruitment campaign for air traffic controllers.

Some of the title illustrations can be found here where they can be downloaded.


DFS Deutsche Flugsicherung GmbH, the German air navigation service provider, is a State-owned company under private law with 6,049 employees as at 31 December 2013. DFS ensures the safe and punctual flow of air traffic over Germany. Around 2,000 air traffic controllers guide up to 10,000 flights in German airspace every day, and about three million movements every year. This makes Germany the country with the highest traffic volume in Europe. The company operates control centres in Langen, Bremen, Karlsruhe and Munich as well as 16 control towers at international airports in Germany. In addition, DFS is represented at the EUROCONTROL Control Centre in Maastricht, the Netherlands. Additional areas of activity include consulting, provided by the Aeronautical Solutions Division, and aeronautical data, grouped in the Aeronautical Information Management Division.