IMC Launches 2016 Media Awards

By Stephen V. Lansana

The Independence Media Commission (IMC), on Wednesday May 4 launched the 2016 Media Awards.
In his opening address, the chairman of IMC, Ambassador Alieu Kanu said that the IMC Awards is the only way the Commission recognizes the work of journalists.
He said that journalists who have registered with SLAJ and are fully paid up member, guest columnists/ writers, producer of radio/ TV programme and all newspaper, radio stations and production houses registered with the commission and fully paid up, are those that are qualified to apply.
He encouraged all journalists who meet the set criteria to collect the application form which will be available from April 9 to August 31, and that the award ceremony will take place in December.
President Guild of Editors, Donald Theo Harding said that the award will motivate journalists to work harder. He also suggested that IMC should be given accolade to Editors who have breached the Media Code of Practice for a period of time.
Commissioner Sahr Mbayoh who also doubles as secretary general of Veteran Journalists Union (VEJU) assured journalists that VEJU will ensure the award ceremony is successful especially when it has taken over two years without the Commission recognizing the work of journalists .
Commissioner Lucian Ganda encouraged female journalists to be part of the award process, adding that the award will be free and fair and as such female journalists should not be afraid to participate. “I want to see female journalists bagging the awards,” she said.
The categories of the award include best reporting on agriculture, best feature article on agriculture, best parliamentary reporting, best tourism reporting, best education reporting, best economic reporting, best reporting on information and communication technology, best crime and court reporting, best reporting on sexual and gender based violence, best reporting on gender issues, best feature article on gender, best female reporter, best health reporting, best reporting on Ebola Virus Diseases (EVD), best reporting on arts, best culture and entertainment, best sport reporting, best photojournalism , best cartoon, best newspaper layout and design, best radio drama, best magazine programme, best radio station (Technical) and best reporting on national disasters, best commercial radio station in Sierra Leone, most outstanding male and female professional, best feature article on mining and extractions, best article on business and the private sector and best reporting on corruption.

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