Standard Bank will give outstanding sports journalist an early Christmas Gif after announcing that it will present awards for the Standard Bank Knock-Out tournament on Friday in Blantyre.
Mighty Wanderers retained the cup after beating Silver Strikers 1-0 in November.
Head of Marketing Chimwemwe Matonga said the 2013 media competition received high quality entries from soccer journalists in all key media categories.
Entries were assessed by a three-member independent judging panel.
“Judges are impressed with the increase in entries received and which were of an improved quality this year. This suggests that the Standard Bank Media Competition is achieving its goal of helping develop the quality of sports journalism in Malawi. From the reports I have received from the judging panel, the competition was tight and we can’t wait to see who has done it this year,” he said.
Matonga said the competition recognised the critical role of sports journalists and their media houses in covering the Standard Bank Knock-Out Cup.
“Once again, we are overwhelmed by the support that all forms of media render to Standard Bank during the period of this competition. They offer extensive media coverage of the Cup, and in so doing pass very vital information to key stakeholders, namely participating teams, organizers, fans, government and customers of the bank,” he said.
Matonga said Standard Bank invested more than K1 million in the competition with a panel he panel of judges is led by an academic, McLan Kanyan’gwa who is Lecturer and Head of Journalism and Media Studies at the Polytechnic, a constituent college of the University of Malawi.
Kanyang’wa previously worked as a reporter at The Nation.
The other two judges are Mavuto Kapyepye and Frank Phiri who both have extensive experience in journalism, publishing and strategic media communications.
Kapyepye is a former media manager at Development Broadcasting Unit (DBU) of MBC radio, newspaper columnist and current Managing Director of Mlambe, an award-winning Social Sciences consultancy firm. He is also an internationally published book author under Adonis & Abbey (UK).
Phiri is formerly an award-winning business journalist. He has worked for Blantyre Newspapers Ltd, Nation Publications Ltd in Malawi, and Reuters and Inter Press Services (IPS) on the international news scene. He currently heads the Public Relations and Corporate Communications department at FD Communications Ltd, the official media agency for Standard Bank Malawi.