TNM Limited, sponsors of the K65 million TNM Super League on Saturday presented awards to deserving teams and individuals, including journalists who provided best coverage for the league in the 2013-14 edition.
For the first time in the history of the country’s elite soccer, the awards included journalists from the online media, who have been sidelined by previous football sponsors.
Nyasa Times Media Group swept the awards for best online coverage with its sports reporters Leonard Sharra, Jerome Kadewere and Elija Phimbi being decorated.
Zodiac Broadcasting Station’s Mike Bango was awarded as the best radio journalist with MBC TV’s sports presenter Paul Kamanga and cameraman Emmanuel Mphalale scooping the best TV coverage award.
Nation Publications Limited’s Peter Kanjere was named best print journalist with Bonext Julius and Bobby Kabango awarded as best photo-journalists.
Commeting on the inclusion of journalists from the online media, Kanjere, who is president for Sports Writers Association of Malawi (Swam) hailed TNM and the organizers for recognizing the fastest growing form of media – online.
“This is a welcome development. The rest of the world is going online and guys from the online media have been doing a good job. When an issue breaks up, they are the first to report. Although I do not subscribe to the practice of competition organizers determining media awards, I see this as a step in the right direction,” said Kanjere.
A Blantyre based veteran journalist present at the function also commended TNM for moving with the times.
“We are no longer in the stone age, the world is fast changing in-terms of technology and people should accept that things are changing,” said the journalist.