The email came as below:
We’re writing in the hope that you will consent to be a member of our international jury (INTERNATIONAL VIDEO JOURNALISM AWARD) for the 4th International Video Journalism Awards, taking place this year in Mainz from the 28th-29th of November 2008......
I said yes. It's a real honour to be able to witness close up the transformation in video language production from any view, let alone that of a judge for one of the best video journalism awards around.
Congratulations once again to Sabine Streich and Albert Beckmann for selflessly giving us video makers the opportunity to show off our wares.
Each year the standard for this event has uped the ante from winners in 2006 such as German reporter (DW) Stephan Bachenheimer who spent three days in Guantanamo Bay and Dutch video Journalism Ruud Elmendorp.
You can see us here discussing their films after we emerged from the 2006 podium where the two and me came away with awards.
If you've got a film don't forget to send it into the awards at this website where you can find full details of entries etc.