2019 Media awards entry conditions

2019 Media awards entry conditions

Entries for the 2019 Media Awards have closed. Next year’s awards will open on 1 April 2020. 

The 2019 winners will be announced at the Gala Dinner on Saturday 4th May (you can view the gala dinner programme here). The full list of winners will published on our Winners page after the ceremony.


MISA Malawi is inviting interested paid up members to submit their outstanding published works for the 2019 MISA Malawi Media Awards. The awards will be presented as part of the celebrations to mark the 2019 World Press Freedom Day at our annual Gala Dinner scheduled the Grand Palace Hotel in Mzuzu on Saturday, 4 May 2019.

Key dates

Entries must be published or aired between 1st April 2018 and 31st March 2019.

The deadline for receiving individual entries is 31st March 2019.

The deadline for institutional awards is 30 April 2019.

The media house of the year awards will be open for nomination between 15th and 30th April 2019.

Categories

  • Health Governance (print and electronic)
  • Anti-Corruption Award (print and electronic)
  • Investigative Journalist of the Year (print and electronic)
  • Business and Economics Journalist of the Year (print and electronic)
  • Democracy and Good Governance Journalist of the Year (print and electronic)
  • Red Ribbon/HIV Journalist of the Year (print and electronic)
  • Education Journalist of the Year (print and electronic)
  • Human rights journalist of the year (print and electronic)
  • Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Journalist of the Year (print and electronic)
  • Tourism Journalist of the Year (print and electronic)
  • ICT Journalist of the Year (print and electronic)
  • Paediatric and Adolescence HIV Journalist of the Year (print and electronic)
  • Public Infrastructure Management Journalist of the Year (print and electronic)
  • Sustainable Development Goals Journalist of the Year (print and electronic)
  • Sports Journalist of the Year (combined print and electronic)
  • Chichewa Journalist of the Year (combined print and electronic)
  • Photo Journalist of the Year (combined print and electronic)
  • Best Farm Radio Programme of the Year (electronic only)
  • Talk Show Host of the Year (electronic only)

MISA Malawi will also recognise the following categories:

  • Overall Winner
  • Lifetime Achiever
  • Print Media House of the Year
  • Electronic Media House of the Year: Radio 
  • Electronic Media House of the Year: Television 
  • Electronic Media house of the Year: Online-
  • Blogger of the Year
  • Raphael Tenthani Columnist of the Year

Entry conditions

Individuals can only send a maximum of two entries per category.

MISA Malawi members will be required to vote/nominate their respective winners under Lifetime Achiever (view regulations here) and Print and Electronic Media House of the Year (view regulations here) 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.

Entry judging criteria

  • Originality. Does it rephrase, regurgitate, recycle or reuse material or information from an article published by someone else?
  • Impact. Has it attracted attention and reactions – either positive or negative – from the general public, as well as authorities or responsible figures?
  • Consistency. Does it cover an issue throughout its lifespan and present its ideas and information in a logical flow?
  • Courage. Did the author show initiative and persistence in uncovering facts and sources?Investigation and analysis. Is it do deeper analysis beyond the surface or rather parrot what what a source says?
  • Gender. Does it use gender-sensitive language, balance male and female voices and highlight how the issues affects both sexes?

Submitting entries

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

Inquiries

Please don’t hesistate to call with any questions: +265 1 754 310 or +265 999 327 311.