The Ghana Journalist Association (GJA) has officially opened nominations for journalists to submit their works in a bid to be crowned the journalist of the year.
This year’s award is the 19th edition and it will be celebrated under the theme “Using development journalism to discern and defend the national interest”.
The award for the most promising young journalist of the year has been named after the late Komla Dumor with the hope that journalists who will emulate the renowned broadcaster will aspire to reach greater heights in their chosen career.
Speaking at the launch of the awards at the Ghana International Press Center, the president of the GJA, Dr. Affail Monney called on journalists to eschew biased reportage to avoid tainting the profession.
“The theme is aimed at reminding the Ghanaian media to place development at the center of their reportage. The GJA believes that whether in the area of Politics, Economy, Business, and Agriculture. Health, Energy, Environment, Science or Sports etc pursuing a development agenda is the best way forward for the Ghanaian media,” he said.
He further expressed the hope that the work of journalists will help build the nation saying, “we believe that through development journalism we stand a better chance of not only informing and educating the citizenry but monitoring national programmes and projects and providing the relevant media platform for debate and consensus building.”
Below are the categories
CATEGORY ONE (SEPARATE AWARDS FOR RADIO, TELEVISION AND PRINT)
CATEGORY TWO (ONLY ONE AWARD TO CATER FOR BOTH PRINT AND ELECTRONIC)
Sports (Electronic Includes Commentary)
Arts/Entertainment and Domestic Tourism
Kwadwo Baah Wiredu Award for Business/Finance &Economic Reporting
Small and Micro Scale Enterprises (SMEs)
HIV and AIDS
Development Journalism for Furthering MDGs
Human Rights (With Focus on Children)
Crime and Court Reporting
Environmental Sanitation and Hygiene
Education (Print Media)
Oil and Gas
Local Governance and Decentralization
CATEGORY THREE ( PRINT MEDIA)
CATEGORY FOUR (MEDIA HOUSES ONLY)
Democracy and Peace-Building
Best Layout and Designed Newspaper
Best Rural Station
Radio/TV Progarmme -Akan
CATEGORY FIVE (JOURNALIST –OF –THE-YEAR& YOUNG JOURNALIST)
GJA/Professor P. V Ansah Journalist of the Year
Komla Dumor Most Promising Young Journalist of the Year.
All entries should be submitted at the gahan international press center before the is 30th June 2014