Inauguration GJA
Inauguration GJA

The members are Mr Kwasi Kpodo, Mr Francis Kokutse, Madam Roberta Gardina, Ms Rosemary Ardayfio, Mr Kwaku Botwe, Madam Monica Bleboo, Mr Zakaria Tanko Musah, Mr Kwaku Sesah-Johnson, Mr Kofi Akordor and Mr James McCauley.

Inauguration GJA
Inauguration GJA
Mr Affail Monney, the GJA President, who inaugurated the Committee said the Association classified the awards as special, as it represented a pinnacle of a journalist’s achievements.

He said the awards ceremony, which is a flagship event, would be used to acknowledge individuals, media houses and organisations that had in some way contributed significantly to the development of the Ghanaian media.

Mr Monney giving an overview of the awards competition to the Ghana News Agency said, there would be five categories; but journalists may submit entries for a maximum of only two, and not more than two published works should be submitted for any category.

This year’s awards event is on the theme: “Media for Undisputed and Peaceful 2016 Election – The Support of Civil Society.” and is slated for August 27.

Mr Monney said Category One included separate awards for radio, television and print for News Reporting, Sports, Education and Features.

Category Two would be for both print and electronic, and would cover areas such as Investigative Reporting, Photojournalism, Crime and Court Reporting, Anti-Corruption, the Kwadwo Baah-Wiredu Award for Business and Finance and Economic Reporting, Oil and Gas, and Rural Reporting.

“The Third Category, which goes to the print media is for Columnists and Best Cartoonists whereas the Fourth Category for media houses only covers Democracy and Peace Building, Best Layout and Designed Newspaper and Best Rural Radio Station, Best TV Programmes in Akan, Dagbani, Ewe, Ga, Hausa and Nzema,” he said

Mr Monney said the Fifth Category is the GJA/Komla Dumor most promising young journalist and the GJA/Prof P. V. Ansah Journalist of the Year.

He explained that under Category Five, the Most Promising Young Journalist and the Journalist of the Year, GJA members and the public were invited to nominate candidates giving reasons for their nominations in not more than 120 words.

Mr Monney advised journalists to project stories that would promote the interest of citizens and not sensational ones.

“This year is an election year and so much is expected of the media, so I urge colleague journalist to put in their best, as it is expected that the deficit of issues and insults will be reversed,” he said.



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