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New categories pop-up as GJA launches its 27th GJA Media Awards

The Ghana Journalists Association (GJA) has launched its 27th GJA Media Awards in Accra.


According to GJA, the awards is scheduled for Saturday October 28 2023 at 6pm.


Speaking to Journalists in Accra on Thursday, GJA President, Mr. Albert Kwabena Dwumfour said "The GJA Media Awards is organized annually to achieve one of the key objectives of the Association under Article 3(j) of the GJA Constitution 2004, which mandates the National Executive to “Reward and honour outsanding members periodically”.


He revealed that this year’s awards theme “LEVERAGING MEDIA FREEDOM TO SUSTAIN THE DEMOCRATIC AND SECURITY ARCHITECTURE: THE LITMUS TEST OF 2024 ELECTIONS” was chosen to prepare journalists for the impending crucial elections in 2024.


“We want journalists to be well-prepared for their upcoming duties and to provide extensive, thorough, and impartial election coverage in order to mark yet another milestone in our democratic dispensation”


He explained further that per the dictates of the GJA Constitution, the current administration of the Association is very much committed to the promotion of professional excellence and high journalistic standard.


“It is in this light that the GJA is delighted about the exploits of Paa Kwesi Asare of Media General in winning this year’s BBC New Komla Dumor Award. This is the first time a Ghanaian journalist has emerged as the winner in the eight-year history of the prestigious award in honour of the renowned Ghanaian broadcast journalist, Komla Dumor”, he said.


He advised Journalists to submit their nominations within the stipulated times as there is not going to be an extension.


Below is the full statement and Awards category.

GHANA JOURNALISTSASSOCIATION

ANNUAL MEDIA AWARDS 2023

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS& RULES


The competition is open to members in good standing who are working in the print (including news agency), electronic and online media in Ghana.


The competition is open for works published in 2022.


Members of the National Executive and the GJA Media Awards Committee are not eligible to contest.


Entries should cover works published from Januaryl, 2022 to December31, 2022.


Entrants may submit entries for a maximum of two categories, and not more than two published works should be submitted for each category.


However, one work shall not be entered in more than one category.


Entrants should submit clear, original published work of each entry.


Entrants must upload a clear passport size photo for their entries.


Student journalists must upload a scanned copy of their Student ID Card for their entries.


Entrants are advised to secure strong Internet connection to ensure easy and fast uploading of entries.


The deadline for submission of entries is at September 8, 2023.


Entries/Nominations should be titled ‘GJA MEDIA AWARDS 2023’


The GJA is NOT bound to give an award in a category if it does not merit one.


The Awards Committee shall select the overall best story from the various categories for consideration by the National Executive as winner of the P. A. V. Ansah Journalist of the Year.


The Awards Committee shall select the best story by a female journalist from the various categories for consideration by the National Executive as winner of the Best Female Journalist of the Year.


The Awards Committee shall select the best story by a young journalist from the various categories for consideration by the National Executive as winner of the Komla Dumor Most Promising Journalist of the Year.


The Awards Committee shall select the best story by a student journalist from the various categories for consideration by the National Executive as winner of the Best Journalist of the Year.

BIO DATA


NAME


DATE OF BIRTH


MEDIA ORGANISATION


POSTAL ADDRESS


EMAIL ADDRESS


REGION OF WORK


TYPE OF MEDIA (State-owned / Private-owned)


NATURE OF MEDIA (Print / Television / Radio / Online)


DATE OF PUBLICATION OF STORY (January 1, 2022 to December 31, 2022)


DATE OF ENTRY FOR AWARDS


AWARDS CATEGORIES


DIVISION ONE (SEPARATE AWARDS)

i. NEWS (Print, Television, Radio, Online)


ii. FEATURES (Print, Television, Radio, Online)


iii. DOCUMENTARIES (Television, Radio)


COLUMNIST (Print)


DIVISION TWO (BEATS) (One award for each category)

i. SPORTS


ii. EDUCATION


iii. INVESTIGATIVE


PHOTOJOURJALISM

v. ARTS / ENTERTAINMENT


vi. BUSINESS / ECONOMIC


vii. ENVIRONMENT / SCIENCE


viii. HEALTH


AGRICULTURE / FOOD SECURITY


x. DEMOCRACY & GOOD GOVERNANCE GENDER


xii. CRIME / COURT


DIVISION THREE (SPECIAL CAMPAIGN) (One award for each category)

i. SABILITY


ii. 0MEgr1c TOURISM


iii. ROAD SAFETY


iv. ILLEGAL MINING


DIVISION FOUR (PROGRAMMES& LAYOUT) (One award for each category)

i. BEST RADIO/TV PROGRAMME (GHANAIAN LANGUAGES)


ii. BEST RADIO/TV PROGRAMME (ENGLISH LANGUAGE) iii. BEST NEWSPAPER LAYOUT (PRINT)


DIVISION FIVE (PROMISING JOURNALIST)

i. BEST STUDENT JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR (Open to students of accredited journalism / communication training institutions whose works were published in 2022. Such entrants must upload a scanned copy of a valid student’s identity card to support their entry)


ii. CJA/KOMLA


DUMOR MOST PROMISING JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR (Open to journalists of the Association with not more than three years’ experience)


iii. BEST FEMALE JOURNALIST (Open to female journalists of the Association with not more than ten years’ experience)


DIVISION SIX (JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR)

i. GJA/P.A.V. ANSAH JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR


Story by: Joshua Kwabena Smith

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