Nyasa Times has become the first online publication to win the Standard Knockout Football Cup online media award with its sports reporter Alex Mezalumo also scooping the award for best reporter for online during the Media Awards Ceremony on Thursday at Atmosphere Restaurant in Blantyre.
Celebrated sports journalist Garry Chirwa retained the Standard Knockout Football Cup print media award with Zodiak Broadcasting’s Mke Bango getting the award for electronic media for the second year running.
Other awards went to television journalist Paul Kamanga of Malawi Broadcasting Corporation and best photo-journalist was shared between Bobby Kabango of The Nation and Bonex Julius of Daily Times.
Each winner received K200 000 (US$430) and a certificate.
The judging panel was led by Maclan Kanyang’wa, who is the head of journalism and media studies at the Malawi Polytechnic.
Other members of the panel were Ellard Manjawila, journalism lecturer at the Polytechnic, Mabvuto Kapyepye, author and managing director of Mlambe Consulting and Frank Phiri of FD Communications Limited who coordinated the judging exercise
Presenting the awards, Standard Bank chief financial officer Temwani Simwaka applauded the media for their support which she said has contributed highly to the success of the cup.
Simwaka said Standard Bank is proud to be associated with the media competition, which promotes excellence and objectivity in sports journalism in Malawi.
She said the judges “scrutinised every entry in detail and with a fair eye.”
According to Kanyang’wa, the quality of entries in this year’s competition was very high. He added the new categories of online and best photojournalist were highly competitive and the proliferation of local television meant that they were not dealing with traditional media as usual.
He said they separated “grain from chaff.”Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :