Call for entries for the 2019 MISA Malawi Annual Media Awards

Call for entries for the 2019 MISA Malawi Annual Media Awards
MISA Malawi is inviting interested paid up members to submit their outstanding published works for the 2019 MISA Malawi annual media awards. The awards will be given out as part of the celebrations to mark the 2019 World Press Freedom Day (WPFD), scheduled for Grand Palace Hotel in Mzuzu on Saturday, May 4.
 
The awards will include the following two new categories:
(a) Health Governance Award, to promote good governance practices in the health sector and will recognise stories that focus on how user fees affect attainment of Universal Health Coverage, influence policy change/review and national discourse on Universal Health Coverage, propose or suggest solutions on how Malawi can achieve Universal Health Coverage in line with the Health Sector Strategic Plan II and examine how active citizenship (or community voices) can contribute or influence attainment of Universal Health Coverage. 
 
(b) Anti – Corruption Award to recognise outstanding stories which expose corruption and how it is effecting human development, promoting economic inequalities between the rich and the poor, exposing Political Capture and Corruption where elites use their influence on political decision to increase their power and financial gain at the expense of poor Malawians, stories that exposes or highlights how corruption affects delivery of services in different sectors such as health, education and agriculture, suggest or proposes solutions that can reduce corruption and influence policy change/review on corruption in Malawi. These two awards have been introduced in partnership with Oxfam and will run for a period of four years.
 
The awards committee will accept entries published or aired between 1st April, 2018 and 31st March, 2019. The deadline for receiving individual entries is March 31, 2019 and April 30, 2019 for institutional awards. Individuals can only send a maximum of two entries per category.
 
The above categories will be given out alongside the following existing awards:
 
  1. MISA Malawi Traditional awards
  1. Print and electronic  
  •    Investigative journalist of the year award
  • Business and economics journalist of the year award
  • Democracy and good governance journalist of the year award
  • Red Ribbon/HIV Journalist of the Year Award
  • Education journalist of the year award
  • Human rights journalist of the year award
  • Water, Sanitation and Hygiene journalist of the year award
  • Tourism journalist of the year award
  • ICT journalist of the year award
  • Paediatric and adolescence HIV journalists of the year award
  • Public infrastructure management journalist of the year award
  • Sustainable Development Goals Journalist of the Year
     
  1. Combined print and electronic
  • Sports journalist of the year award –
  • Chichewa journalist of the year award –
  • Photo journalist of the year award –
  1. Electronic only
  •     Best Farm Radio programme of the year award
  •     Talk Show Host of the year award
MISA Malawi will also recognize the following categories:
  • Overall Winner Award
  • Life-time achiever award
  • Print media house of the year award 
  • Electronic media house of the year award: Radio 
  • Electronic media house of the year award: Television 
  • Electronic media house of the year award: Online-
  • Blogger of the year
  • Raphael Tenthani Columnist of the year
     
    MISA Malawi members will be required to vote/nominate their respective winners under Lifetime Achiever and Print and Electronic Media House of the year awards. Entries for Talk Show Host, Blogger and Ralph Tenthani Columnist of the year categories should be accompanied by motivations and samples of the nominees’ published works. These should be emailed to misaawards@gmail.com copied to info@misamalawi.org on or before April 30, 2019.
    Media houses are also free to nominate themselves for the Media House of the Year Award in line with the rules and regulations governing the awards in question.  The media house of the year awards will be open for nomination between 15th and 30th April, 2019.
    The MISA Malawi awards committee will evaluate entries based on the following:
  • Impact
  • Consistency
  • Courage
  • Investigation
  • Gender awareness 
  • Analysis
     
    Entries should be sent or hand-delivered to the following address:
    Secretary for the awards committee
    MISA-Malawi Secretariat
    Onions Complex
    Off-Paul Kagame Highway
    Area 4
    P.O. Box 30463,                                                         
    Lilongwe 3     
    For inquiries, please call the following numbers: +265 (0)1 754 310 or +265 (0) 999 327 311

 


About MISA Malawi

The Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) Malawi was founded in 1996. Its work focuses on promoting, and advocating for, the unhindered enjoyment of freedom of expression, access to information and a free, independent, diverse and pluralistic media.

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