READ about the Media and Broadcasting Awards 2013

Institute of Media Practice (IMP) has launched ‘Media and Broadcasting Awards (MaBA)’; a new awarding scheme to honour responsible Media Practice and Broadcasters in Ghana.

According to JOT Agyeman, President of the Institute of media Practice in his speech, the idea of the awards was birthed almost ten years ago.

MaBA will recognise and honour individual journalists and media organisations for excellence in specific social interventions. It is expected that, award winners will sever as role models and also challenge others to emulate their feats.

The award is scheduled for March 7, 2014.

BACKGROUND

The Media and Broadcasting Awards will recognise and honour individual journalists and media organisations for excellence in specific social interventions.

The importance of the media in any society is not in doubt. The media has been used to fight dictatorships, improve democracy and governance, draw attention to social injustice and corruption, educate citizens, etc. The media is also relevant to the economy. Media organisations create jobs. Media houses also directly support economic activity by providing a variety of media for businesses and brands to reach consumers. There’s also a proliferation of organisations offering a variety of training programmes for aspiring media practitioners. In Ghana, the media has witnessed amazing growth. Recent reports say there are about 200 radio stations in Ghana. Also, the numbers of television stations, newspapers and magazines are growing rapidly. New media is also becoming popular. There are many online news sites and blogs. Social media is also being used heavily either to reproduce content from traditional news outlets or as stand-alone media outlets. The opportunities are endless; as are the risks of unethical media practices. The need to regulate the activities of media organisations is at the fore of many discussions in Ghana. High ethical standards, accuracy, and innovation will ensure our country continues to reap the many benefits that the media can offer.

One way to contribute to improving standards in the media and broadcasting industry is to recognise and honour individuals and Media organisations that have been truly outstanding. This is the aim of the Media and Broadcasting Awards (MaBA). MaBA will award excellence in media and broadcasting in specific areas of national life; holding winners up as role models and challenging others to emulate them.

The awards event is organised by Institute of Media Practice (IMP).

AWARDS

Media and Broadcasting Awards (MaBA) will be an annual awards event that recognises and honours individual journalists and media organisations for excellence in specific areas of national life, including, health, education, sanitation and entertainment. There will be 16 award categories. MaBA will also establish a Media and Broadcasting Hall of Fame. Exceptional Media Practitioners with long proven record will be considered for induction into the hall of fame.

Media and Broadcasting Student of the Year – This award recognises the most outstanding student journalist of the year. Journalism schools around the country will be invited to submit names of their best students. The best students from all schools will be interviewed by the MaBA jury and a winner will be selected. The winner will be a student who goes beyond the classroom to develop broader perspective of media and broadcasting and demonstrates high potential to become a world class media practitioner.

Media Entrepreneur of the Year – This award will go to the media entrepreneur that in the view of the jury demonstrates exceptional media entrepreneurship skills in any given year. Criteria will include the adoption of best practices for media businesses, the introduction of innovative business models that are ethical, creation of high value jobs, the provision of resources to support high quality media and broadcasting, investment in capacity building and training for journalists among others.

Radio Programme of the Year – This award will be presented to the radio programme that makes the most measurable contribution to specific social causes. The winning radio programme each year would have been identified as the force behind a high-impact social change.

Television Programme of the Year – This award will be presented to the television programme that makes the most measurable contribution to specific social causes. The winning television programme each year would have been identified as the force behind a high-impact social change.

New Media Journalist of the Year – This award will be presented to an exceptional blogger or online journalist whose work made the most significant contribution to society in a given year. The winning journalist would have leveraged the internet and social media to educate, inform or entertain in a unique way.

General News Media House of the Year – The General News Media House of the Year will be the Media House with the most complete and comprehensive coverage of news from around the country. This Media House will have provided the most varied and accurate news content in the year under review.

Print Media House of the Year – This award will be presented to the print media house that in the view of the jury focused the spotlight on pertinent national issues with a view to inform, educate and cause action.

Radio Journalist of the Year – This award will be presented to a journalist who most positively used radio to influence society in the year under review. Using radio to educate, inform and mobilize action on the nation’s most pressing issues would be a key consideration of the jury in selecting a winner.

Television Journalist of the Year – This award will be presented to a journalist who most positively used television to influence society in the year under review. Using television to educate, inform and mobilize action on the nation’s most pressing issues would be a key consideration of the jury in selecting a winner.

Print Journalist of the Year – This award will be presented to a journalist who most positively used print media to influence society in the year under review. Using print media to educate, inform and mobilize action on the nation’s most pressing issues would be a key consideration of the jury in selecting a winner.

Radio Station of the Year – This award will recognise the radio station that made the most significant contribution to national development. Quality of programmes, relevance of issues reported and causes canvassed for, quality and accuracy of news, among others will form the basis of selection.

Television Station of the Year – This award will recognise the television station that made the most significant contribution to national development. Quality of programmes, relevance of issues reported and causes canvassed for, quality and accuracy of news, among others will form the basis of selection.

Media and Broadcasting Practitioner of the Year – This award will be presented to the overall best Media and Broadcasting practitioner in the year under review. This is MaBA’s most prestigious individual award.

Media Organisation of the Year – This award will be presented to the overall best media or broadcasting organisation in the year under review. This is MaBA’s most prestigious award for organisations.

SPECIAL AWARD CATEGORIES

Environment Award – This award will go to the Media House that has done the most outstanding work on environmental issues; providing education, and pushing for action on pressing environmental issues.

Arts, Culture & Entertainment Award – This award will be presented to the Media House that has done the most outstanding work in the area of arts, culture and entertainment in the year under review.

Social & Gender Award – This award will go to the Media House that has done the most work on social and gender issues.

Democracy & Governance Award – The recipient will be a Media House whose work has made the most significant contribution to deepening democracy and promoting good governance within the year.

CSR Award – This will go to the Media House with the best participation and significant impact in any community through its Corporate Social Responsibility programmes.

MEDIA AND BROADCASTING HALL OF FAME

A Media and Broadcasting Hall of Fame will be established. Deserving practitioners will be inducted as determined by the Awards Jury. The general requirements for getting inducted into the Hall of Fame include:

1. 25+ years of active media and broadcasting service

2. Significant contribution over the duration of one’s career.

3. A role model figure for other media practitioners

4. Contribution to Social Change

2013 AWARDS JURY

1. Mr. Kofi Bucknor – Former Director of Television, Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (Jury President)

2. Mr. Kofi Akpabli – Author and Two-time CNN African Journalist of the Year award winner

3. Mr. Kofi Tsikata – Senior Communications Specialist, World Bank Ghana Office

4. Mr. Akwesi Agyeman – Vice President, Ghana Independent Broadcasters Association

5. Florence Toffa – Country Director, Mobile Web Ghana

INSTITUTE OF MEDIA PRACTICE

The Institute is a one stop shop offering Media Solutions such as Media Research, Media Monitoring and Evaluation, Media Surveys, Professional Media Top up Training, Public Relations, Media Ad Consultancy and Corporate Media Solutions.

The Institute aims to be the leading research based Media Institute in West Africa offering internationally recognized research and data for Organizations who require data for their business. In the next few years, the Institute will offer scholarships to Media Programmes in Top Universities worldwide. Over the past two years the institute has produced the Ghana Television Report.

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