Tuesday, January 25, 2011

2011 Awards- The Diageo Africa Business Reporting Awards 2011 are now open for entries

. The entry form is available here http://www.diageoafricabusinessreportingawards.com/entry ( English) 

Click here to download entry guidelines in French (French)  http://www.diageoafricabusinessreportingawards.com/downloads/Guidelines_and_criteria_2011_French.pdf

General Guidelines

To qualify for the Diageo Africa Business Reporting Awards 2011 all submissions must have been published or broadcast in the period 18 April 2010 - 20 March 2011. Submissions in all media are welcome, including blogs, podcasts, online content, print, radio and TV entries. Entries must reach the secretariat by 21 March 2011.

To enter, select the category or categories you would like to be considered for and fill-in the online entries form for each individual entry. Please refer to the criteria and submission format requirements for each category. All entry material that cannot be attached to the entry form (video, audio) must be sent via post/courier to your nearest secretariat (details below).

Each award is given to an individual or team. Submissions can be made on behalf of an individual or team as long as permission has been provided by each team member confirming that they have read and understood the terms and conditions, which must be accepted in order to participate in these Awards. Entries can also be submitted on behalf of someone else, especially if the creator of the entry does not want to be identified by name, for political reasons or otherwise.

There is no limit to the number of submissions per individual/team except in the case of 'Best Newcomer', 'Media of the Year' and 'Journalist of the Year' in which the individual/media outlet can enter only once. However, individual pieces submitted as part of these entries can be entered in other categories.

There are no entry fees.

Categories :

   1. Best ICT feature

   2. Best Finance feature

   3. Best Infrastructure feature

   4. Best Agribusiness / Environment feature

   5. Best Tourism feature

   6. Best use of New Media in a story

   7. Best Business News story

        8. Best Business Feature story

   9. Best Newcomer

  10. Media of the Year

  11. Journalist of the Year

Please contact areza@africapractice.com should you have any questions.

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Monday, January 17, 2011

Liberian Journalists Drill in Elections Reporting

By Peter Kieh Doe

The National Elections Commission (NEC) in collaboration with the University of Liberia Mass Communication Department conducted a two-day media training for Liberian journalists on elections reporting under the theme: "Enhancing Professional Media Reportage Through Elections Training".

 Supported by the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) the training was held over the weekend, December 10-11, 2010 in Gbarnga City, Bong County. The purpose of the workshop is to enhance the techniques and skills of Journalists on elections reporting so as not unduly instigate violence riotous deportment amongst the electorate.


The training workshop started in earnest with an Official Statement delivered by NEC Chairman James M. Fromayan. Chairman Fromayan thanked the organizers and participants for the positive efforts and understanding as the nation prepares for the 2011 Legislative and Presidential elections. He urged participants to take the workshop seriously and use the knowledge acquired in a professional and ethical manner in the process leading to 2011 elections and on Election Day, itself.


Chairman Fromayan said professionalism and honesty on the part of all players and participants will positively contribute to the   successful conduct of peaceful, free, fair, transparent and credible 2011 Legislative and Presidential elections.


The NEC Chairman's presentation was followed by remarks offered by IFES, the Press Union of Liberia (PUL) and UL Mass Communication Department.


Like Day-one, Day-two of the workshop was interactive. Various speakers and facilitators including Professors Joe W. Mulbah and Weade K. Wureh of U.L. Mass Communication Department made presentations on a number of topics such as" Media Ethics and Elections Reporting," and "The Technique of on the Spot Reporting of Election Results". Messrs Nathan P. Garbie, Bobby W. Livingstone, James Wallace and A. Blamo Sieh of the NEC also made presentations on various issues such as: Challenges ahead of the 2011 Elections: Where is the NEC? "Voter's Registration Procedures and Applicants", "Referendum-Where are we? Preparations, Challenges and Prospects".  "Laws Governing Elections in Liberia".


Bong County Superintendent, Rennie Jackson, who attended the closing session of the workshop   presented certificates of Participation to Journalists on behalf of the Mass Communication Department of the University of Liberia.  




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Sunday, January 16, 2011

La Maison de la presse du Niger entérine l’adhésion de trois nouveaux membres

Niamey, le 16 janvier 2011- L'Association, Maison de la presse du Niger, a confirmé ce dimanche 16 janvier 2010 l'adhésion de trois (3) nouveaux membres, à l'issue d'une Assemblée générale extraordinaire, qui s'est tenue le même jour, à son siège social, situé dans l'enceinte du Ministère des sports.

Au cours de cette Assemblée générale, présidée par M.Boubacar Diallo, PCA de la Maison de la presse, les délégués des 14 structures membres ont examiné l'unique point  inscrit à l'ordre du jour à savoir l'adhésion de trois nouvelles organisations des médias.

Après l'examen des demandes d'adhésion assorties des textes régissant ces associations, l'Assemblée générale a entériné à l'unanimité (soit la totalité des 14 membres) leur intégration en tant que membre de la Maison de la presse.  Auparavant, un travail d'examen minutieux des demandes a été effectué par le Conseil d'Administration de la Maison de la Presse, en sa session du dimanche 9 janvier 2011.

Les trois nouveaux membres sont la Coordination des radios décentralisées du Niger (CRDN), le Réseau des journalistes pour la santé (RJPS) et l'Association des promoteurs de radio et télévisions privées du Niger (APRTPN).

Avec ces nouvelles adhésions, la Maison de la presse regroupe désormais dix-sept (17) organisations socioprofessionnelles des médias du Niger qui sont :

1.L'Association Contrechamps-Niger

2.L'Association des journalistes du Niger (AJN)

3.L'Association des Professionnelles Africaines de la Communication

(APAC-Section Niger)

4.L'Association Nigérienne des Editeurs de la presse Indépendante (ANEPI)

5.L'Association des Promoteurs des Radios Privées du Niger (APRPN)

6.L'Association des Radios et Télévisions Indépendantes (ARTI)

7.La Coordination Nationale des Radios Communautaires (CN/RACOM)

8.Le Réseau des Journalistes pour les Droits de l'Homme (RJDH)

9.Le Syndicat des Agents de l'Information (SAINFO)

10.Le Syndicat des Travailleurs de la Presse (SYNTRAPRESSE)

11.Le Syndicat des Travailleurs de la Presse Privée (SYNTRAPREP)

12.Le Syndicat National des Travailleurs de l'Information et de la  Communication (SYNATIC)

13.L'Union des Journalistes  Privés du Niger (UJPN)

14.L'Union de la Presse Francophone (UPF Section- Niger) 

15.La Coordination des radios décentralisées du Niger (CRDN)

16.Le Réseau des journalistes pour la santé (RJPS)

17.L'Association des promoteurs de radio et télévisions privées du Niger (APRTPN)

La Maison de la Presse est une association indépendante et apolitique de droit nigérien, créée en mars 2005, à l'initiative de douze (12) organisations socioprofessionnelles du secteur des médias. Elle est autorisée à exercer ses activités par récépissé provisoire No 106 PC/CUN du 05 avril 2007.

Cadre fédérateur des organisations des professionnels des média nigériens, la Maison de la Presse a pour objectif général de promouvoir le pluralisme médiatique et l'Indépendance de la Presse.



Boubacar Diallo

PCA Maison de la presse


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Sunday, January 09, 2011


CNN International and MultiChoice this week officially launched the CNN MultiChoice African Journalist 2011 Awards. The winners of these prestigious annual Awards will be announced at a gala ceremony to be held in Johannesburg, South Africa in June 2011.

Tony Maddox, Executive Vice President and Managing Director of CNN International, said: "The CNN MultiChoice African Journalist Awards have been encouraging excellence in journalism across the continent for 16 years and are truly a highlight in CNN's editorial calendar. I'm delighted that they continue to grow in stature and prestige, and it's a humbling experience each year to see and experience such dedication, passion and talent. 2011 promises to be another year of stellar African journalism."

Collins Khumalo, President MultiChoice Africa, said: "MultiChoice Africa is delighted to once again participate in Africa's largest and most coveted journalism awards. Each year we are proud of the talent showcased at the awards and excited about the great progress made in African journalists telling the African story. We believe as an African company that our participation makes a significant contribution towards the development of media in Africa."

Sam Rogers, from e.tv South Africa, was awarded the top prize at the CNN MultiChoice African Journalist 2010 Awards ceremony. Sam, won for 'The Curse of the Nobody People', which was chosen from among 2074 entries from 44 nations across the African continent.

Sam said: "Winning the CNN MultiChoice African Journalist of the Year was possibly the highlight of my career. What an honour to be chosen a winner among so many brilliant African journalists, to be listed alongside the very best who have won this prestigious accolade over the years. What a wonderful platform the CNN MultiChoice award is. It has allowed us to broadcast to a wider audience, to highlight the plight of persecuted Tanzanian albinos and has begun changing perceptions in that region. Their voices were finally heard. "

Over the past 16 years, the competition has grown in size and status to become Africa's most prestigious media event. In 2010, a 'Highlights Programme' of the ceremony, held in Kampala, Uganda, was broadcast in 47 African countries, on the Africa Channel in the US, UK and the Caribbean, OBE TV and RTP Africa.

This year, the competition will recognise excellence in the following categories:

  • Arts & Culture Award
  • Digital Journalism Award
  • Economics & 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

From these category winners, the judges choose the overall winner - The CNN MultiChoice African Journalist 2011.

Finalists in the 2011 competition will participate in a four day finalists' programme that will include a media forum and networking opportunities with senior journalists, editors, business leaders and media owners from across the continent, culminating in a gala awards ceremony in June, 2011. All finalists receive a cash prize and each category winner also receives a laptop and printer. The CNN MultiChoice African Journalist 2011 will receive an additional cash prize and a trip to CNN Center in Atlanta.

The independent judging panel includes: Ikechukwu Amaechi, Editor, Daily Independent, Nigeria; 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, Secretary General, Southern African Broadcasting Association; José Luís Mendonça, Press Counsellor, Angolan Permanent Delegation to UNESCO; Zipporah Musau, Managing Editor, Magazines, The Standard Group Ltd, Kenya; Kim Norgaard, CNN Bureau Chief, South Africa.

The competition is open to African nationals who are professional journalists including freelancers across print, television, internet, photographic and radio. Full details on how to enter can be found by logging on at www.cnn.com/africanawards. The closing date for entries is 27 January 2011. There will NOT be any extensions of this closing date, and entries received after this date may be disqualified. The judging will take place in April, 2011. All entries should be broadcast or published during January 2010 - December 2010. www.cnn.com/africanawards

Issued: 19 November 2010

For further information please contact:

CNN International London: Joel Brown + 44 20 7693 0967/ + 44 7967 293452 joel.brown@turner.com

MultiChoice South Africa: Marietjie Groenewald + 27 11 / 289 3067 +27 79 501 1758


MultiChoice Africa: Caroline Creasy + 27 11 289 3081 / +27 82 333 4603 ccreasy@multichoice.co.za

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