Tanzania: Women Shine in Journalism Awards

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WOMEN scribes shone in the 2013 Excellence in Journalism Awards Tanzania (EJAT) scooping 14 out of 19 prizes in a colourful gala at the Mlimani City Hall in Dar es Salaam on Friday night.

Tanzania Media Fund (TMF) Executive Director, Mr Ernest Sungura, whose fund is among EJAT’s partners, promised to provide ten women winners with a six-month fellowship to carry out investigative reporting in rural areas.

“Each fellow will be given 2m/- per month to carry out investigative reporting on burning issues in rural areas,” said Mr Sungura while delivering a vote of thanks at the event.

He explained that since the fellowship requires only ten people the winners would have to undergo interview to get the required number.

A veteran radio journalist, Ms Mariam Hamdan from Zanzibar was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award while the overall winner was a radio journalist, Mr Idd Juma from a Mwanza based community radio, Afya Radio.

The Chief Judge, Mr Gervas Moshiro, said it was high time a special institution should be established to help television journalists to make quality works, saying most television works submitted for the awards lacked quality.

“We have recommended the establishment of a special organ to help television journalists to make quality production,” said Mr Moshiro who led the panel of 9 judges in the nomination process.

In his remarks, the guest of honour Judge President of the East African Court of justice, Justice Harold Nsekela, hailed the media for interpreting incidents and issues to members of the public and he asked the media to allocate space for promoting the integrations in East African Community (EAC).

Those who scooped the awards in print and broadcasting media are John Bwire, Harith Jaha and Paul Mabuga (Economic and Business), Kalunde Jamal, Abdallah Majura (Sports and Culture), Zephania Ubwani, Iddi Yusuf and Anuary Msechu (Environment).

Beldina Nyakeke, Grace Kiondo and Asraj Mvungi (Children reporting), Romana Malya, Penina Kajura (HIV and AIDS), Khadija Mussa, Hawa Msangi and Isakwisa Mwaifuge (Good Governance), Richard Makore, Makiwa Jumanne and Khadija Mzee (Gender).

Mwantanga Vuai, Secilia Ndabigize (Science and Technology), Peter Orwa, Noel Thomsom and Kisali Simba (Education), Manyerere Jackton and Vedasto Msungu (Tourism and Conservation), Gervas Hubile (Malaria), Anthony Siame (Best Photographer), Muhidin Msamba (Best Cartoonist), Regina Kulindwa (Health), Mashaka Mgeta (Sexual and Reproductive Health for Young People).

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