Accra, Jan. 4, GNA - The Ghana Journalists Association (GJA) on Wednesday announced the commencement of the 2005 Media Awards competition with two new categories - Human Rights and Peace-building - which would be awarded to a media house and not an individual. A statement signed by Ms Ajoa Yeboah-Afari, GJA President, said the 11th Media Awards competition was open to only its members working in the Ghanaian media except members of the National Executive and Awards Committee.
Entries should cover works published between January 1, 2005 and December 31, 2005.
The awards would be given in several categories in the print, the (radio, television and print), Investigative Reporting (only one award for both print and electronic), Photojournalism (only one award to cover both still and motion) and Special Awards in sports, arts/entertainment, finance/economics, environment, health, rural reporting, human rights and peace building. There would be only one award to cover both print and electronic in the special awards category.
The statement said there would also be awards for the Best Talk Show (Radio) and Best Talk Show (Television) and Journalist of the Year. "For the Best Talk Show and Journalist of the Year awards, nominations by the public will be considered alongside the nominations of the Awards Committee," it said.
The GJA said it was not bound to give awards in any category if no entry merited an award.
The statement said the entrants may submit entries for all categories and not more than three published works should be submitted for any category. However, one work should not be entered for more than one category.
It said entrants should submit the original published work and 12 photocopies of each entry.
Radio and TV entrants should submit one audio cassette recording or VHS recording in addition to 12 authenticated copies of the original broadcast script.
Photographic entries were also subjected to the same requirement as print entries, it stated.
The GJA said all entries should be clear original published work and must show the date of the publication/broadcast and the medium in which the work was published.
Every entry should state which category and include the name, address and telephone number of the applicant. "For the Journalist of the Year and the Best Talk Show awards, GJA members and the general public are invited to nominate candidates giving reason for their nominations in not more than 120 words." The deadline for the submission of entries is 1600 hours on Monday, January 30, 2006.
Entries/Nominations should be addressed to: The Chairperson, Media Awards Committee Ghana Journalists Association P.O. Box GP 4636 Accra.
The entries may also be delivered direct to the Ghana International Press Centre in Accra.