Newton Kanhema from South Africa's 'The Sunday Independent' has beaten 138 entrants from across the African continent to win the 1997 African Journalist of the Year Award.
The Honourable Judge Richard Goldstone presented Kanhema with the award at a gala awards ceremony hosted by CNN International and fellow Awards sponsors at the Sandton Hilton Hotel, Johannesburg, on Friday, 20 March 1998.
The judges were unanimous in choosing Newton Kanhema as the overall winner for a portfolio of articles, which, in the words of Chairman of the Judging Panel, Joel Kibazo, "was a first rate investigation on the South African defence industryÉan absorbing read that each of the seven judges picked as their number one."
As part of the Award, CNN International will host Kanhema for three days in Atlanta at its annual World Report Conference, where he will have the opportunity to tour the CNN News Group operations and meet with key CNN executives including founder Ted Turner. Additionally, Kanhema will receive a generous cash prize from SABC.
Individual category winners for print, radio and television were also announced at the ceremony, including Nicky De Blois, Sunday Times, South Africa; Daniel Mensah Brande, GBC, Ghana; Linus Kaiki, KTN, Kenya; Mutahi Mureithi, Nation Group, Kenya; Ibim Semenitari, Tell Communications, Nigeria; Angie Kapelianis, SABC Radio, South Africa; Olukayode Abimbola Thomas, Guardian Press, Nigeria; and Ronel van Zyl, SABC, South Africa. See attached sheet for awards specifics and prizes.
Chris Cramer, president of CNN International, said: "Journalistic excellence and enterprise is at the heart of CNN's philosophy. We believe these Awards play a valuable role in the promotion and encouragement of quality journalism in Africa."
INDIVIDUAL CATEGORY WINNERS
Print Journalist 1st Prize
Newton Kanhema, 'Sunday Independent', South Africa winning a generous cash prize from Minaj Television, and an Apple notebook.
Print Journalist 2nd Prize
Ibim Semenitari, Telcom, Nigeria, winning a generous cash prize from SABC and an Apple notebook.
Television Journalist 1st Prize
Linus Ole Kaikai, KTN, Kenya, winning a four week CNN International Professional Programme (IPP) Training course in Atlanta, a generous cash prize from Coastal Television, Tanzania, an Apple notebook and a satellite dish from Aerial Empire Paradigm Interactive.
Television Journalist 2nd Prize
Ronel van Zyl, SABC, South Africa, winning a generous cash prize from Minaj Television, Nigeria, an Apple notebook and a satellite dish from Aerial Empire Paradigm Interactive.
Radio Journalist 1st Prize
Anglie Kapelianis, SABC Radio, South Africa, winning a generous cash prize from ITV Television, Tanzania, and a Toshiba laptop courtesy Spectrum Cablevision, Cameroon.
Radio Journalist 2nd Prize
Daniel Mensah Brande, GBC, Ghana, winning a generous cash prize from SABC, a 2-week training course with Radio 702, and Apple notebook.
The Mohamed Amin Photo Journalist Prize
Nicky de Blois, 'Sunday Times', South Africa, winning a generous cash prize and a three-volume book on Mohamed Amin from Camerapix Ltd, and a Sony Digital Camcorder.
Sports Journalist Prize
Olukayode Abimbola Thomas, 'Guardian Press', Nigeria, winning a generous cash prize from Minaj Television, a training course with SABC, and Reebok merchandise.
Business Journalist Prize
Mutahi Mureithi, Nation Group, Kenya, winning generous cash prizes from Coastal Television and International Television, both of Tanzania, and a one-year freelance contract with Business in Africa.
All winners also received a 1997 African Journalist of the Year statuette.
In addition to the sponsors who donated the prizes above, the Awards were sponsored by South African Airways, who provided flights for the Awards winners; Esom Alintah's Fortune Group who funded the statuettes; the Protea Hotel Group who provided accommodation for the winners.
The panel of judges comprised representatives from some of the most distinguished international media organisations: Chairman of the Judges, Joel Kibazo (London's Financial Times); Michael Coulson (Financial Mail of South Africa); Ingrid Formanek (CNN International); Phil Molefe (South African Broadcasting Corporation); Elizabeth Ohene (BBC World Service), Richard Paris (Business in Africa Magazine); and Kaye Whiteman (West Africa Magazine).
Criteria for the awards: Entrants were asked to submit published or broadcast work, or professionally reproduced photographs completed in 1997 on one of the following topics: the environment, education, transport, business and finance, sport, leisure or photography. Reports were submitted in various formats, including photographs, video or audio tapes, written editorial or a combination. Marks were awarded for choice of subject, originality, style and clarity, the structure of the story, balance and level of research.
The competition, now in its third year, is open to all professional African journalists who have been reporting from and about Africa and are based there.
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