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CNN/Multichoice 2012 African Journalist of the Year Awards Launched

19/12/2011 14:41

The Cable News Network (CNN) and Multichoice have launched the 2012 CNN/Multichoice African Journalist of the Year awards. The award, seeks to recognize and encourage excellent journalism practice on the continent, including freelance journalists, across print, television, internet, photographic and radio.

CNN African journalist of the year
The prestigious awards, now in the 17th edition, have grown in size, status and recognition, to become Africa's most prestigious media event. Its objective is to reinforce the importance of the role of journalists in Africa’s development and to reward, recognise and encourage journalistic talent across all media disciplines.
Entries would be accessed based on quality of writing, originality and objectivity, extent of research undertaken, and relevance of entry to the Africa continent. Such entries should have been published or broadcast between January and December 2011, and should be in English, French  or Portuguese.
Stories can be entered into the following categories:
  • Arts & Culture Award 
  • Digital Journalism Award  
  • The Coca-Cola Company Economics and Business Award
  • Environment Award 
  • Free Press Africa Award 
  • The HIV/AIDS Reporting Award
  • Mohamed Amin Photographic Award 
  • MSD Health & Medical Award 
  • Print General News Award 
  • Radio General News Award 
  • Sport Award 
  • Television Features Award 
  • Television News Bulletin Award
  • Tourism Award
  • Francophone General News Awards  
  • Portuguese Language General News Award  
The independent panel of judges include, Ikechukwu Amaechi, Editor, Daily Independent, Nigeria; Amadou Mahtar Ba, CEO of African Media Initiative; Jean-Paul Gérouard, Deputy Editor-in-Chief, France 3 TV; Ferial Haffajee, Editor-in-Chief, City Press, South Africa; Joel Kibazo, journalist and media consultant; Arlindo Lopes, General Manager: Regulatory and Corporate, Angola and Mozambique, MultiChoice Africa Ltd; Zipporah Musau, Managing Editor, Magazines, The Standard Group Ltd, Kenya and Kim Norgaard, CNN Bureau Chief, South Africa. CNN’s sports anchor Pedro Pinto will assist in the judging of the Portuguese General News Category. 
Deadline for submission of entries: January 26, 2012. (now extended to Feb. 22, 2012)
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