2012 MISA-MALAWI ANNUAL MEDIA AWARDS


   

 

CITATIONS

 

World Press Freedom Day

Capital Hotel, Saturday 5th May, 2012

 

1.0            Introduction

In March this year, MISA Malawi Chapter invited Journalists to submit their published work for the 2012 MISA Malawi Annual Media Awards. These Awards are given out on May 3 every year as part of the celebrations to mark World Press Freedom Day (WPFD).

The 2012 awards include 9 MISA Categories, 8 Categories supported by the United Nations in Malawi and 6 new categories. The awards also include recognition of the best Political Cartoon of the Year supported by the German Embassy. The new categories include:

US Embassy/MISA Categories:

  1. Best Columnist of the Year Award
  2. Best Radio Talk Show Host of the Year Award
  3. Best Blogger of the Year Award

These awards have been introduced to promote on-line journalism and critical analyses of issues which is mostly done by experienced columnists and talk show hosts. Apart from these 3, MISA Malawi has also introduced the: Best Farm Radio Programme of the Year Award, with support from Farm Radio International Malawi and Best Human Resources for Health Award, with funding from Nurses and Midwives Organisation of Malawi.

The farm radio Award aims to recognise the role that Agricultural Broadcasters play in improving the lives of smallholder farmers; and to motivate agricultural broadcasters and profile of farm radio programming as a key in agricultural extension and advisory services.

The Best Human Resources for Health Award realises the need for retention of qualified and experienced health professionals in the country and rewards outstanding journalists who aim to improve knowledge and analysis of current trends and issues in human resources for health among other key priority areas.

UN/MISA Categories: 

  1. Hunger & Poverty: Print and electronic
  2. Universal Primary Education: Print & Electronic
  3. Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment: Print & Electronic
  4. Child Mortality: Print and Electronic
  5. Maternal Health: Print & Electronic
  6. HIV/AIDS, Malaria & Tuberculosis: Print and Electronic
  7. Environmental Sustainability: Print & Electronic
  8. Global Partnership for Development: Print & Electronic

These awards focus on the MDG targets and the main objective is to motivate journalists to critically analyse progress and challenges in our efforts to achieve the MDGs. The MISA/UN awards will be offered annually up to 2015 alongside MISA Malawi’s traditional Awards. MISA’s traditional Media Awards are as follows:

  1. Investigative Journalist of the Year Award: Print and Electronic
  2. Business & Economics Journalist of the Year: Print and Electronic
  3. Human Rights Journalist of the Year: Print & Electronic
  4. Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Journalist of the Year: Print 7 Electronic
  5. Sports Journalist of the Year
  6. Chichewa Journalist of the Year
  7. Overall Winner Award
  8. Life Time Achiever Award
  9. Media House of the Year Award: Print and Electronic

Judges for these Awards look for a number of factors which constitute the variables for assessing each entry or submission. These include:

  1. Impact,
  2. Analysis and
  3. investigation,
  4. Courage
  5. Originality,
  6. Gender awareness and
  7. consistency

The 2012 Committee of judges comprised:

  1. Mr. Baldwin Chiyamwaka, VSO and former Executive Director of the Media Council of Malawi;
  2. Mr. Owen Kadewere, Lecturer, Malawi Institute of Journalism; and Assistant Information Specialist, TEVETA
  3. Mr. Ellard Manjawira, Department of Journalism and Media Studies, The Polytechnic;
  4. Mike Chipalasa, Award Winning Journalist and Communications Officer, Malawi Human Rights Commission
  5. Mandala Mambulasa, Human Rights Lawyer, and Board member, MISA Malawi
  6. Miss. Kusali Kubwalo, UNICEF
  7. Miss Shorai Nyambalo, UN and;
  8. Mr. Aubrey Chikungwa National Director of MISA Malawi who served as Secretary to the committee.

   

2.0            AWARDS

 

  1. 1.     Human Rights Journalist of the Year (Print)

 

Some people are found guilty by committing various crimes in society while others are guilty by birth. Have we ever thought of mothers who commit crime and put into detention while they are breastfeeding? Have we ever thought of pregnant mothers who are thrown into jail and they end up giving birth while in prison? This is a story of Mumderanji Seba who was thrown into jail while she was pregnant and she gave birth while in custody at Zomba Central Prison. Mumderanji is from Nawunje Village, T/A Chikowi in Zomba district.

Prize: LCD plasma screen, a branded wall clock and one roll of cloth courtesy of Centre for Human Rights and Rehabilitaiton and Centre for Development of People  

Presenter: Mr. Undule Mwakasungula, Executive Director, CHRR

Winning article: Guilty by birth: Babies in prison

Winner: Charles Mpaka, Blantyre Newspapers Ltd

  1. 2.     Human Rights Journalist of the Year (Electronic)

 

The July 20/21 demonstrations exposed a lot of challenges the country is facing. Among them: fuel and forex shortage, escalating prices of goods and services, etc. There is untold suffering as a result of lack of donor support to Malawi. The list of problems is endless. This reporter has taken us through all the events that led to the July 20/21 demonstrations and the effects they have had on Malawians.

Prize: LCD plasma screen, a branded wall clock and one roll of cloth courtesy of Centre of Human Rights and Rehabilitation and the Centre for Development of People.

Presenter: Mr. Gift Trapence, CEDEP

Winning article: July 20 and the path to democracy in Malawi

Winner: Winstone Mwale, Zodiak Broadcasting Station

  1. 3.     Business and economics Journalist of the Year (Print)

 

Most working class Malawians are these days relying on business to sustain their families. They are involved in all sorts of business ventures ranging from selling merchandise such as cars; clothes to kitchen utensils and blankets. These business people travel long distances to as far a country as South Africa. They face a lot of challenges in order to make ends meet such as corruption.

This story won because it provoked reaction from the Malawi Revenue Authority

Prize: Top of the range plasma screen courtesy of Airtel Malawi

Presenter: Enwell Kadango from Airtel

Winner: Mwereti Kanjo, Nation Publications Limited

Winning article: Life across the border

  1. 4.     Business and Economics Journalist of the Year (Electronic)

 

Malawi’s economy was at one time described as the fastest growing in the world. According to the late president Professor Bingu Wa Mutharika, Malawi’s pace in terms of economic growth was second to Qatar. But this has proved not to be true on the ground. There are millions of Malawians that are caught in the web of proverty.

This story has won because of its deep analysis of the economy and inclusion of local voices

Pize: Top of the range LCD plasma screen courtesy of Airtel Malawi

Presenter: Enwell Kadango from Airtel

Winning article: Collapsed economy biting Malawians hard  

Winner: Pilirani Phiri, Zodiak Broadcasting Station

  1. 5.     Chichewa Journalist of the Year

 

There is a saying which goes ‘when bad things happen to good people. There are some things which are so difficult to be explained. This story talks about Gogo Jane Kadzakumanja, who at the age of 69, is looking after three physically challenged children. The three children were born without any disabilities but things changed when they were grownups. At the age of 50, Rose became blind; Rodgers is blind at the age of 41 while Ruth is seriously ill at the age of 39. All these children are now back with their grandmother.

Prize: State of the art digital camera courtesy of the gift of the Givers

Presenter: A representative from Gift of the Givers

Winner: Noel Nkubwi, Zodiak Broadcasting Station

Winning article: Ikakuona Litsiro sikata

  1. 6.     Sports Journalist of the Year

 

Sports disciplines in the country have their own controversies. This story talks about match fixing scandals involving top teams in the country. One such match fixing scandal involved a game between Silver Strikers football club and Escom United at the Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre.

Prize: State of the art Home theatre courtesy of Multi Choice Malawi.

Presenter: Multi Choice Malawi representative

Winner: Joy Ndovi, Blantyre Newspapers Limited

Winning article: Match fixing plot exposed

  1. 7.     Photojournalist of the Year

 

The winning picture is about the July 20/21 demonstrations. The photo-journalist was brave enough to have gone out and taken pictures even though the situation was tense and members of the public, including journalists were being physically harassed by some trigger happy police officers.

 

Prize: A state of the art digital camera courtesy of Gift of the Givers

Presenter: A representative from Gift of the Givers  

Winner: Jacob Nankhonya

Winning article: Malawi up in smoke

  1. 8.     Investigative Journalist of the Year (Print Category)

 

Power corrupts, but absolute power corrupts absolutely. This saying applies to government officials who abuse their power and indulge themselves in corrupt activities. This story talks about government officials who were involved in a housing scam at the Malawi Housing Corporation. MHC ended up losing K105 million kwacha in the process.

Prize: Top of the range lap top courtesy of Gift of the Givers

Prize presenter: A representative from Gift of the Givers  

Winning article: MHC K105 million kwacha house scam: Buyers receive hefty discounts.  

Winner: Theresa Chapulapula, Blantyre Newspapers Limited

  1. 9.     Investigative Journalist of the Year (Electronic Category)

There are many things in Malawi which are regarded as taboo. Some things are never talked about at all and yet they are causing untold misery to a lot of Malawians. This is a story of abortion in Malawi which is far from being legalised. Many women and girls ask for abortion services in private hospitals at a fee. Government on the other hand is looking the other way, pretending as if all is well.

Prize: Top of the range laptop courtesy of Gift of the Givers

Presenter: A representative from Gift of the Givers

Winning article: Secret liberty to abortions in Malawi

Winner: Teresa Temweka Ndanga  

  1. 10.  Water and Sanitation (Print Category)

 

Pollution has now become the talk of the day. Most rivers in the country are heavily polluted to the extent that they pose a health risk. One such river is Mudi in the City of Blantyre. The river has now been turned into a dumping site of all sorts of things. It took the intervention of the Rotary Club to rescue the situation by repairing damaged equipment and removing all the garbage from the river. This is a success story indeed!

Prize: An LCD Plasma High Definition Screen from WaterAid Malawi

Presenter: A representative from WaterAid

Winning article: To the rescue of murky Mudi river

Winner: Binson Musongole

  1. 11.  Water and Sanitation (Electronic)

 

Hate them, but you will never stop to love them. This is a story of market vendors who sell us all sorts of merchandise. These vendors, however, face a lot of challenges. This is a story of vendors in Blantyre who were scrambling for a single toilet. Imagine that! Due to the power of the media, this situation was publicised and the authorities came to the rescue of the vendors.

 

Prize: An LCD Plasma High Definition Screen from WaterAid Malawi

Presenter: A representative from WaterAid

Winning article: Vendors scramble for a poorly conditioned toilet

Winner: Jonah Pankuku, Malawi Institute of Journalism

 

MISA/UN AWARDS FOCUSSING ON MILLENIUM DEVELOPMENT GOALS

 

  1. 12.  Hunger and Poverty (Print)

 

Orphans find it very tough in life. This is a story of Samuel Dafta who has been sleeping in trees and sometimes sleeping on an empty stomach. There are many children in Malawi who are living like Samuel and they need our help.

Prize:  State of the art Samsung tablet from the UN   

Presenter: Mr. Baton Osman from World Food Programme

Winning article: Miserable life of a 12 year old

Winner: Charles Mpaka, Blantyre Newspapers Limited 

  1. 13.  Hunger and Poverty (Electronic)

 

As Malawi is still struggling to find an alternative to tobacco as a cash crop, there seems to be an answer in the name of sugarcane farming. This story however, exposes the exploitation in the sugarcane farming. This is a story of Mr. Wiseman Banda of Dwanga.

Prize:  State of the art Samsung tablet from the UN   

Presenter: Mr. Baton Osman from World Food Programme

Winning article: Sugarcane as a cash crop

Winner: Stonald Kuphunda, Zodiak Broadcasting Station

  1. 14.  Environmental Sustainability (Print)

 

Have you ever thought that plastic bags can be used as toilets? This is a story of Ndirande where people have resorted to defecating in plastic bags and dumping them wherever they want. This is a health hazard.

Prize:  State of the art Samsung tablet from the UN   

Presenter: Ms Naomi Kitahara of UNDP 

Winning article: Flying toilets in Ndirande  

Winner: Tiwonge Ng’ona, Correspondent/Blantyre Newspapers Limited

  1. 15.  Environmental Sustainability (Electronic)

 

Climate change has affected almost everybody. The rain pattern has now become very unpredictable. This is a story of Mzuzu city where the rain pattern used to be predictable. Things have now changed and everything in Mzuzu has become upside down.

Prize:  State of the art Samsung tablet from the UN   

Presenter: Ms Naomi Kitahara of UNDP 

Winning article: How climate change has changed Mzuzu City

Winner: Steve Zimba, Zodiak Broadcasting Station

  1. 16.  Universal Primary Education Journalist of the Year (Print)

 

Most people never give up in life. This has been proved to be true with the introduction of the free primary education. A 52 year old man by the name of Kapito Right from Chiradzulu district went back to school to start in standard 5. He is not ashamed to share a desk with pupils as young as 8 years old at Lisawu Primary School in the same district.

Prize: Top of the range Samsung Tablet from the UN.   

Presenter: Mr. Clement Dzinyemba of FAO

Winning article: Never too late to salvage dream

Winner: Emmanuel Muwamba, Nation Publications Limited

  1. 17.  Universal Primary Education Journalist of the Year (Electronic)

 

Universal primary education still remains a farfetched dream come 2015, considering that pupils are travelling long distances to access education. One example is the community of Chambidzi in Dowa. Pupils at this school just like other schools across the country travel long distances to access education. The children face all sorts of challenges ranging from physical attacks, rape and hunger.

Prize:   Top of the range Samsung Tablet from the UN.   

Presenter: Mr. Clement Dzinyemba of FAO

Winning article: Government puts community’s efforts to have own primary school in limbo

Winner: Teresa Temweka Ndanga, Zodiak Broadcasting Station  

 

  1. 18.  Global Partnerships for Development (Print)

 

There is a tendency by government to start projects and then leave them when they are just halfway through. This is a story of Nguluwe health centre in Lilongwe which was completely abandoned and has now become a target for vandals.

Prize:   Top of the range Samsung Tablet from the UN.   

Presenter: Ms. Nguyenthi Ngoc Van of UNRCO

Winning article: Health Centre abandoned for 20 years

Winner: Gabriel Kamlomo, Blantyre Newspapers Limited   

  1. 19.  Global Partnerships for Development (Electronic)

 

Malawi’s image to the outside world has of late been dented. This is as a result of what commentators termed as the arrogance of the authorities in the previous regime where donors were sent packing. This came with it some catastrophic results. The economy collapsed, hence the untold misery of many Malawians.

Prize:   Top of the range Samsung Tablet from the UN.   

Presenter: Ms. Nguyenthi Ngoc Van of UNRCO

Winning article: Malawians paying for Bingu’s arrogance

Winner: Pilirani Phiri, Zodiak Broadcasting Station  

 

  1. 20.  Child Mortality (Print)

 

The entries for this category did not satisfy the criteria of the awards because they were of poor quality. The judges, therefore, unanimously agreed to nullify them. This means that we don’t have any winner for this category.

  1. 21.  Child Mortality (Electronic)

 

Children are dying every day in Malawi. While some deaths occur due to natural causes, others occur due to preventable causes such as Malaria, diarrhoea and other diseases. This story highlights the causes of child mortality and how it can be prevented.

 

Prize:   Top of the range Samsung Tablet from the UN.   

Presenter: Mr. Victor Chinyama of UNICEF

Winning article: Community participation reduces child mortality

Winner: Enock Balakasi, Joy Radio   

 

  1. 22.  Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment (Print)

 

Culture continues to push girls into early marriages. This is a story of Ndiwuzayani Willie of Chikhwawa district who was forced to get married because culture would not allow her to continue staying with her parents.

Prize:   Top of the range Samsung Tablet from the UN.   

Presenter: Mr. Athanash Nzokirisaka of UNFPA 

Winning article: Culture pushing girls into early marriages 

Winner: Tiwonge Ng’ona, Correspondent/Blantyre Newspapers Limited

  1. 23.  Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment (Electronic)

 

Women empowerment is slowly becoming a success story across the country. This is a story of Mwayiwathu Maize mill group which has become successful due to their hard work in small scale business. They are running a maize mill business.

 

Prize:   Top of the range Samsung Tablet from the UN.   

Presenter: Mr. Athanash Nzokirisaka of UNFPA 

Winning article: How ESCOM inefficiency is affecting the livelihood of women   

Winner: Doreen Sonani, Malawi Broadcasting Corporation  

  1. 24.  Maternal Health (Print)

 

Pregnant mothers are finding it very difficult when giving birth at some health centres in the country. This is a story of pregnant mothers in Ndirande who are asked to bring candles when they are going to deliver at Ndirande Health centre.

Prize:   Top of the range Samsung Tablet from the UN.   

Presenter: Mr. Hudson Kubwalo of World Health Organisation  

Winning article: When giving birth becomes a nightmare

Winner:  Wezzie Nkhoma-Somba, Blantyre Newspapers Limited

 

 

 

 

  1. 25.  Maternal Health (Electronic)

 

This story analyses the viability of legalising abortion in Malawi, a situation which could save a lot of lives. Abortion has resulted into loss of lives, including loss of marriages. The reporter argues that if abortion was legalised in Malawi, the vulnerable groups in society could be saved.

 

Prize:   Top of the range Samsung Tablet from the UN.   

Presenter: Mr. Hudson Kubwalo of World Health Organisation  

Winning article: The viability of legalising abortion 

Winner:  Brenda Kawonga, Malawi Institute of Journalism  

 

  1. 26.  HIV & AIDS, Malaria and Tuberculosis: (Print)

 

People living with HIV/AIDS need special care and attention. Unfortunately, these people are not given the necessary attention they deserve and they end up dying due to lack of care and support. This is a story of Zomba Central Hospital where people living with HIV/AIDS are left unattended to. These people have turned morgues into shelters, while others are sleeping under trees.

 

Prize:   Top of the range Samsung Tablet from the UN.   

Presenter: Mr. Patrick Brenny of UNAIDS   

Winning article: Turning morgues into hospitals    

Winner:  Isaac Masingati, Blantyre Newspapers Limited    

  1. 27.  HIV & AIDS, Malaria and Tuberculosis: (Electronic)

 

Children are a source of pride to parents. The same children, however, are a source of sex to some heartless men. This is a story of a man who ruthlessly defiled seven children, one after another. This man is, unfortunately living with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.

 

Prize:   Top of the range Samsung Tablet from the UN.   

Presenter: Mr. Patrick Brenny of UNAIDS   

Winning article: HIV positive man defiles seven children in a roll   

Winner:  Winstone Mwale, Zodiak Broadcasting Station   

  1. 28.  Best Farm Radio Programme

The broadcaster talks about how farmers have benefited from the dairy cattle farming, an initiative introduced in 2006 by World Vision Malawi. World Vision gave 80 cattle to farmers so that the farmers could pass on to other farmers when the cattle reproduce. This programme won because it gives more time to the farmers to speak and it is also gender sensitive.

Prize:   Top of the range LCD plasma screen from Farm Radio Malawi   

Presenter: Dr. Stanley Khaila, Farm Radio Malawi Board Chairperson.   

Winning article: Ng’ombe za mkaka mthetsa njala   

Winner:  Lazarous Mgomezulu, Radio Alinafe

  1. 29.  Best Human Resource for Health (Print)

Most health centres in the country lack adequate health personnel. This is a story of Chipho Health centre situated between Thyolo and the neighbouring Mozambique. There is only one nurse at this health centre and yet it serves a lot of communities. The situation at Chipho reflects the shortage of health personnel in most health centres in the country.

Prize:   Top of the range Home Theatre courtesy of the Nurses Organisation of Malawi   

Presenter: Mrs. Dorothy Ngoma, Executive Director, Nurses and Midwives Organisation of Malawi      

Winning article: Hospitals without nurses    

Winner:  Isaac Masingati and Charles Mpaka, Blantyre Newspapers Limited   

  1. 30.  Best Human Resource for Health (Electronic)

Health service provision still remains a big challenge in the country’s health centres. Health service delivery is being compromised due to the ever increasing number of people seeking services from health centres. This situation is piling a lot of pressure on the health personnel. This story highlights the challenges that have arisen as a result of population growth. The reporter gives the example of Chiwera Village in Kasungu district with a population of over 20, 000 but the village does not have adequate health centres.

Prize:   Top of the range Home Theatre courtesy of the Nurses and Midwives Organisation of Malawi   

Presenter: A representative from the Nurses Organisation of Malawi    

Winning article: Lack of access to health services     

Winner:  Priscilla Zikapanda-Malamula, Zodiak Broadcasting Station    

US Embassy/MISA Awards

These awards were based on votes by MISA Malawi members. The members were requested to nominate and vote for their best Columnist of the Year; Blogger of the Year and Radio Talk Show Host of the Year. The winners are:

  1. 31.  Blogger of the Year

Prize: Top of the art Laptop and a recorder courtesy of US Embassy

Presenter: Benjamin Canavan, Acting Deputy Ambassador/Public Affairs Officer for the US Embassy

Winner: Kondwani Munthali, Nation Publications Limited

  1. 32.  Radio Talk Show Host of the Year

Prize: Top of the art laptop and a recorder courtesy of US Embassy

Presenter: Benjamin Canavan, Acting Deputy Ambassador/Public Affairs Officer for the US Embassy

Winner: Pilirani Phiri, Zodiak Broadcasting Station

 

  1. 33.  Columnist of the Year

Prize: Top of the art laptop and a recorder, courtesy of US Embassy

Presenter: Benjamin Canavan, Acting Deputy Ambassador/Public Affairs Officer for the US Embassy

Winner: Ralph Tenthani

  1. 34.  Overall Winner

The story uncovered a multimillion kwacha racket in which the country’s Housing Body was busy selling houses at a reduced rate to selected individuals. The story came at a time when most Malawians were and still are struggling to get decent houses in Malawi’s urban sectors. The story moved the authorities and led to the firing of the body’s top brass and reactions from key individuals exposed in the story.

The story also led to initiation of investigations by the country’s Ant-Corruption Bureau.

Apart from the above, this story had the following:

  • It scored the highest on impact, courage, investigation and consistency
  • The story showed courage and determination at a time when critical journalism was regarded as a death ticket
  • It is a high profile story that affects the whole cross section of Malawi’s urban society

 

Prize: Top of the range Home Theatre courtesy of Malawi Savings Bank

Presenter: Representative from Malawi Savings Bank

Winning article:  “MHC MK105 m House Scam,’ and other stories

Winner: Teresa Chapulapula of Blantyre Newspapers Limited

  1. 35.  Media House of the Year (Electronic)

In addition to scoring the highest on the assessment score card for media house of the year(electronic), the media house has also demonstrated the following:-

  1. The media house has reporters and correspondents all over the country to provide an insight and a voice to all Malawians across the country.
  2. The media house has also diversified to increase online broadcasting providing reliable and consistent variety of stories to the listenership in the diaspora.
  3.  In addition to that, the media house believes in staff development and conducts in-house training for its journalists to refresh on aspects of professional journalism.
  4. In the year just ending, the media house also developed the SMS news broadcast in which news is sent to thousands of subscribers so that they are updated on what is happening in Malawi even when they have not listened to the radio or read a newspaper on that particular day.
  1. In the year just ending, the media house also introduced long life batteries so that people in the rural areas should be using their radio sets.
  1. Most importantly, the media house improved the quality of its reception by planting new and better transmitters in some districts such as Nkhata Bay, Mzimba, Karonga and Nkhotakota.

Prize: High Definition Plasma Television set for the modern newsroom courtesy of National BANK of Malawi.

Presenter: A representative from National Bank of Malawi

Winner: Zodiak Broadcasting Station (ZBS)

  1. 36.  Media House of the Year (Print)

In addition to scoring the highest on the assessment score card for media house of the year (print), the media house has also demonstrated the following:-

  1.  Courageously tackled stories focussing on individuals who were very senior and influential when the country was under the DPP led government
  2. The media house believes in staff development and supports its staff to pursue further and post graduate studies
  3. At a time when many newspapers in the west are folding up and to make way for electronic newspapers, the media house has led the way with on line presence
  4. The media house is also delivering full newspaper electronically in the fashion of e-edition to the world at large and making money in the process through a pay-pa pay wall, the first of its kind in Malawi
  5. The media house has also pioneered interaction with its readers via mobile technology. The media house has developed its own mobile platform

 

Prize: High Definition Plasma Television set for the modern newsroom courtesy of National Bank of Malawi.

Presenter: A representative from National Bank of Malawi

Winner: Blantyre Newspapers Limited (BNL)

 

  1. 37.  Lifetime Achiever

She has risen above a male dominated sector to become a role model for most people. She holds a senior position in a challenging industry when most of her class would opt for the glamour and glory of Television. She has also proved excellence in journalism which includes upholding of ethics of the profession at all costs and the relentless pursuit of all truths. Her role as a leader and manager has enhanced the cause of media freedom and demonstrated courage, integrity and initiative. She is recognised and respected by her peers and the media industry and contributes to society through excellent journalistic work.

 

 

Prize: Top of the art digital Camera courtesy of the British Hi Commission

Presenter: His Excellency Kirk Hollingsworthy

Winner: Mrs Mbumba Banda Achutan – CEO, NPL

  1. 38.  Best Cartoonist of the year

This award was facilitated by the German Embassy and people were asked to vote online. The German Embassy only picked a cartoon which had the most votes.

Presenter: The German Ambassador, His Excellency Dr. Peter Woeste

Winner: Ralph Mawera, Nation Publications Limited

BEST STUDENT AWARDS

Since 2011, Blantyre Newspapers Limited has been recognising excellence in media training institutions such as the Malawi Polytechnic’s journalism department, the Malawi Institute of Journalism and Chancellor College.

Prize: K50, 000 courtesy of Blantyre Newspapers Limited

Presenter: A representative from Blantyre Newspapers Limited

Winners:  

  1. Chiyembekezo Focus Maganga from the Polytechnic.
  2. Rose Cross from Malawi Institute of Journalism, Mzuzu Campus
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