Media Institute of Southern Africa (Misa) Malawi Chapter President Thom Khanje Saturday night hailed two journalists for being part of the sponsors of the gala event where various journalists were honoured during the World Press Freedom day celebrations in Mangochi.
In his speech Khanje noted that although most of the sponsorship of the awards gala came from different organizations especially in the private sector, there were two companies, Gazette Media and Media Corp, owned by fellow journalists who were part of the sponsors.
“Let me recognize that two of the companies who are part of the sponsors of this event. Gazette Media is owned by Mc Donald Chapalapata and Media Corp is owned by Mabvuto Banda and this must be commended,” said Khanje.
He also asked fellow journalists to emulate the example given by the two media practitioners who have both left mainstream journalism and are now media consultants.
Chapalapata is an in-house Media consultant for conglomerate Press Corporation Limited (PCL) and its subsidiaries amongst some of his clients while Banda is doing media consultancy work with the European Union (EU) among other clients.
He said he was happy that his company helped fellow journalists by sponsoring one of the categories.
“We are humbled to be recognized at the event. We just want to let fellow journalists that there is life after the newsroom as long as you are focused to achieve your goals,” he said.
Both Chapalapata and Banda have had more than 15 years of newsroom experience as they have both worked at the country’s only two national newspapers, The Daily Times and The Nation.