The Ghana Journalist Association (GJA) has officially unveiled a 12-member committee that will be responsible for the selection of winners for the 20th edition of the Ghana Journalist Awards.
The members, made up of veteran journalists and media practitioners, include Mrs Janet Carboo, Joe Aggrey, Alhaji Razak El- Alawa, Ms Roberta Gardner, Francis Kokutse, Kosi Kpodo, George Bosompim, Kwaku Sersah-Johnson, Rasak Tank Musah, Professor Kwame Karikari, Ms Monica Bleboo and Mrs Vicky Wireko Andoh.
Inaugurating the committee in a short ceremony at the International Press Centre, GJA President, Affial Monney, noted that the awards, scheduled for August 15, 2015, would coincide with the 66th anniversary of the founding of the GJA.
Mr Monney further mentioned that the 199 entries submitted at the front desk as at the close of the deadline for submission of awards, Friday June 5, 2015, including others yet to be added from the post office, would be subjected to in-depth scrutiny in order to determine whether they meet the stipulated requirements.
He said the standards for selection of the winners would include accuracy, balance, relevance, clarity of thought, background, ethical demands, language presentation -for print-, initiative, social impact, clarity of voice and for radio and television entries, sound quality.
The GJA president said the awards ceremony is part of the overall effort by the association to promote high journalistic standards and as a barometer for measuring periodically the performance of the Ghanaian media and journalists in particular.
Allying the fears of the public on the notion that the media will be compromised on their instinct simply because the GJA receives support from friends and well wishers, he said it was simply unattainable.
'The media houses and award winners do not directly go about soliciting for support and are therefore not obliged to compromise their critical role just for the sake of winning awards,' he said.
Mr Monney also observed that every Ghanaian and all business concerns must be supportive of promoting media excellence because a free society with a free independent and accountable media, 'we believe engender development and economic growth.'
By Jamila Akweley Okertchiri