Bronwyn Nielsen, a senior anchor at soon-to-be-launched business news channel CNBC Africa, has won the Telkom ICT Journalist of the Year award for a programme she produced for M-Net’s Carte Blanche about South Africa’s high telecommunications costs.
Nielsen, an experienced broadcast journalist who has previously worked for Summit TV, e.tv and Highveld Stereo, won the award at a gala dinner held at Summer Place in Sandton.
“Nielsen brilliantly used the medium of television to capture interest and attention despite the subject matter being oft reported,” the judges said. “She unpacked the issues in a logical and coherent manner and the programme’s human interest value was enhanced by individual stories being told — from the outset — through the personal experiences of customers as well as key industry players such as the Internet Service Providers’ Association, the SMME Forum, the Independent Communications Authority of SA, a leading industry journalist, and the department of communications.”
Other winners included Lesley Stones, who won the newspaper category for her writing in Business Day, and freelancer Brian Bakker who took home the prize in the magazine category for a story in iWeek. Hilton Tarrant of Moneyweb won in the online section and ITWeb’s Dave Glazier won the new journalist category. The student journalist award went to Carly Ritz of Rhodes University.
The entries were judged by Rhodes University’s Guy Berger, Hewlett-Packard’s Thoko Mokgosi-Mwantembe, Wits University’s Lucienne Abrahams and the Mail & Guardian’s Vincent Maher.