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GPU 2022 National Journalism Awards Slated For December

Sanna Camara, Chairman GPU 2022 National Journalism Awards Organising Committee

By Landing Ceesay

The Gambia Press Union (GPU) 2022 National Journalism Awards is slated for 2nd December 2022.

The initiative is the highest and most prestigious journalism award in the Gambia organised by the Union.

The event is meant to honour and celebrate courage and excellence in Gambian journalism across all types of news and information media -print, online, radio, television, and photography.

Speaking to the Press, Sanna Camara, Chairman of the Organising Committee said the awards form GPU’s flagship activities in marking World Press Freedom Day annually commemorated  on 3rd May.

However, he said due to logistical and other challenges, the ceremony is usually held on a different date and said plans are well underway to hold this year’s event on 2nd December, 2022.

“The award is open to all Gambian journalists working for registered Gambian-based outlets and platforms. Works published by Gambian journalists for the International media would also be accepted. In addition, stories produced between 1st January 2021 to 31st December 2021 on Gambian registered media outlets are eligible for entry.  Please note that opinion articles, advertorials, works produced under contract for commercial promotion, and newsletter issues or articles are not eligible,” Camara told the Press.

The Chairman said the Awards Committee intends to open applications for the different categories as soon as possible.

Mr. Camara said the awards committee is on the verge of confirming independent media experts with a high degree of integrity who would serve as panel of judges for the awards.

The Awards Committee Chairman informed that the judges would be looking for accuracy and relevance, grammar, style, presentation, impact of the story, creativity, and originality.

Sanna assured everyone that the judges would be completely independent and would in no way be under anyone’s directives in doing their work.

There are 22 categories available for this year’s ceremony and the respective categories are: Human Rights; Business and Finance; Sports; Migration/Human Trafficking; Children’s Reporting; Health/ Medical Reporting; Women’s Reporting; Environment/Climate Change; Legal Affairs; Travel/Tourism; Agriculture; Culture/Arts/Entertainment; Political Reporting; Investigative journalism; Photo-journalism; Disaster Reporting  (Special Awards); Journalist of the Year; Radio Station of the Year; TV station of the Year; Newspaper of the Year; Online Media / Network of the Year; and Rural Radio of the Year.

The committee made the announcement earlier Saturday at the Gambia Press Union Secretariat in Fajara.

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