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Media awards winners 2020

The winners of the 2020 Media Awards were announced at the Gala Dinner Awards Ceremony held on Saturday, October 3 at the Sunbird Capital Hotel in Lilongwe.

In 2020, we awarded 53 winners in 26 categories.

Best Investigative Journalist of the Year

Mentorship Program

Winner: Maurine Kawerama
Report: Escom employees entangled in alleged bribery scandal
Prize: Mobile reporting kit courtesy of DW Akademie

Print

Winner: Bob Kabango, Nation on Sunday
Report: Police uniforms for sale
Prize: Laptop courtesy of the US Embassy

Electronic

Winner: Grace Khombe, Zodiak Broadcasting Station (ZBS)
Report: Mitundu Special Report
Prize: Laptop courtesy of the United States Embassy

Green Journalist of the Year

Print

Winner: James Chavula, The Nation Publications Limited
Report: Food prices fly away as trees fall
Prize: Mobile reporting kit courtesy of the EU

Electronic

Winner: Veronica Kadzakumanja & Nancy Chumachao, ZBS
Winning article: Elephants Special Report
Prize: Mobile reporting kit courtesy of the EU

Human Rights Journalist of the Year

Print

Winner: Suzgo Chitete, Nation Publications Limited
Report: Malawian being tortured in South Sudan
Prize: HP laptop courtesy of Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC)

Electronic

Winner: Wanangwa Chafulumira, Times TV
Report: Loud whisper on Nkhotakota witchcraft
Prize: HP laptop courtesy of HRDC

Best Democracy and Good Governance Journalist of the Year

Print

Winner: Rebecca Chimjeka, Times Group
Report: Free for All: Foreigners feast on mining in rural areas while government watches
Prize: Laptop courtesy of National Initiative for Civic Education (NICE)

Electronic

Winner: Thomas Kachere, Malawi Institute of Journalism (MIJ) FM
Report: The saga of Traditional Authority Ngabu
Prize: Laptop courtesy of NICE

Business and Economics Journalist of the Year

Print

Winner: Dumbani Mzale, Nation Publications Limited
Report: Economy sobs as Kayelekera hopes falter
Prize: MK250, 000 ($350) cash courtesy of National Bank

Electronic

Winner: Winstone Kaimira, ZBS
Report: Special Report
Prize: MK250, 000 ($350) cash courtesy of National Bank

Sports Journalist of the Year

Winner: Joy Ndovi, Weekend Nation
Report: Shocker! Flames players pocketed K270m to fix matches at 2010 Angola Afcon
Prize: MK100, 000 ($150) cash courtesy of Gazette Media

Photojournalist of the Year

Winner: Lucky Mkandawire, Nation Publications Limited
Report: Dausi assault blow-by-blow
Prize: MK100,000 ($150) courtesy of Gazette Media

Adult Literacy Education Journalist of the Year

Print

Winner: John Chirwa, Nation Publications Limited
Report: Irony of inclusive education in Malawi
Prize: Laptop courtesy of CSEC

Electronic

Winner: Chimwemwe Mikwala, YONECO FM
Winning article: Special Report
Prize presenter: Laptop courtesy of DVV

Water and Sanitation Journalist of the Year

Print

Winner: Golden Matonga, Nation Publications Limited
Article: Kauma: A society needing urgent health
Prize: Laptop courtesy of Water Aid Malawi

Electronic

Winner: Alick Ponje, Times Group
Report: Wider View: Water crisis
Prize: Laptop  courtesy of Water Aid Malawi

Health Governance Journalist of the Year

Print

Winner: Lucky Mkandawire, Weekend Nation
Report: Killer rabid dogs on the prowl
Prize: Laptop courtesy of Oxfam

Electronic

Winner: Easter N’gambi, Bembeke FM
Report: Hospital Report
Prize: Laptop courtesy of Oxfam

Best Girl and Women’s Rights Journalist of the Year Award

Print

Winner: Dumbani Mzale, Nation Publications
Report: Saved from jaws of a heartless uncle: A sad tale of Alefa
Prize: MK500, 000 ($700) courtesy of Plan International

Electronic

Winner: Wanangwa Chafulumira, Times Group
Report: Loud Wisper: Mwanza early marriages
Prize: MK500, 000 ($700) courtesy of Plan International

Online

Winner: Chisomo Ngulube, Kulinji.com
Report: Do women stand a chance in Malawi’s tripartite elections
Prize: MK500, 000 ($700) courtesy of Plan International

Farm Radio Program of the Year Award

Winner: Serah Makondetsa, Times Group
Report: Urine Special Report
Prize: Laptop courtesy of Farm Radio Malawi

Best ICT Journalist of the Year

Print

Winner: Andrew Mtupanyama, Nation Publications
Report: Chief uses social media for good
Prize: MK150,000 ($200) courtesy of Gazette Media and Partners

Electronic

Winner: Georgia Chirombo, MIJ
Winning article: ICT Report
Prize: MK150,000 ($200) courtesy of Gazette Media and Partners

Health Research Journalist of the Year

Print

Winner: Audrey Kapalamula, Times Group
Report: Drones in malaria warfare
Prize:  Laptop courtesy of Malawi Liverpool Welcome Trust

Electronic

Winner: Talasina Kaipa of MIJ FM
Report: Special Report
Prize: Laptop courtesy of Malawi Liverpool Wellcome Trust

Sustainable Development Goals Journalist of the Year Award

Print

Winner: Sam Chunga of Nation Publications Limited
Winning article: Rural school stands out
Prize: $2000 grant to pursue stories on SDGs

Electronic

Winner: Thomas Kachere
Report: Bad practices destroying the environment
Prize:  $2000 grant to pursue stories on SDGs

Best Red Ribbon Journalist of the Year Award

Print

Winner: James Chavula, Nation Publications Limited
Report: Why Does Chinsinsi hope again?
Prize: Laptop courtesy of National AIDS Commission (NAC)

Electronic

Winner: Alick Ponje, Times Group
Report: Women, poverty and HIV
Prize: Laptop courtesy of NAC

Anti- Corruption Journalist of the Year Award

Print

Winner: Suzgo Chitete, Nation Publications Limited
Report: Eyebrows over ambulance deal
Prize:  Laptop courtesy of Oxfam

Electronic

Winner: Thomas Kachere, MIJ
Report: Corrupt practices by the police
Prize:  Laptop courtesy of Oxfam

Paediatric and HIV Journalist of the Year

Print

Winner: John Chirwa of Nation Publications Limited
Report: Born HIV+, never told
Prize: Laptop courtesy of Elizabeth Glazer Paediatric Health Foundation

Electronic

Winner: Chikondi Mphande of ZBS
Report: Blood transfusion
Prize: Laptop courtesy of Elizabeth Glazer Paediatric Health Foundation

Reporting Supply Chain of essential medicines Journalist of the Year

Print

Winner: James Chavula, Weekend Nation
Report: Stopping AIDS before it kills
Prize: Laptop courtesy of Central Medical Stores Trust (CMST)

Electronic

Winner: Faith Kadzanja, Time Radio
Report: Special Report
Prize: Laptop courtesy of CMST

Best Public Infrastructure Journalist of the Year

Print

Winner: Samuel Kalimira, Times Group
Report: Unfinished projects anger communities
Prize: Laptop courtesy of Construction Sector Transparency Initiative (CoST)

Electronic

Winner: Jameson Chauluka, Times Group
Report: Chikwawa Secondary School Report
Prize: HP Laptop courtesy of CoST

Best Parliament Reporting Award

Print

Winner: Enelless Nyale, Nation Publications Limited
Report: PS outlines rot at Lands
Prize: HP Laptop courtesy of AFIDEP

Print – Runner Up

Winner: Suzgo Chitete, Nation Publications
Report: What’s in the Parliament’s autonomy proposal?
Prize: Camera courtesy of AFIDEP

Electronic

Winner: John Namalenga Junior, Capital Radio
Report: Report
Prize: HP laptop courtesy of AFIDEP

Electronic – Runner Up

Winner: Jacqueline Nhlema, ZBS
Report: Jac on Parliament performance
Prize: HP laptop courtesy of AFIDEP

Urban Water Development Journalist of the Year Award

Print

Winner: Meclina Chirwa and Charles Mkoka, Times Group
Report: Voices of reason for sustained clean water in Lilongwe
Prize: HP laptop courtesy of Lilongwe Water Board

Electronic

Winner: Thomas Kachere of MIJ FM
Report: Bad Practices
Prize: HP laptop courtesy of  Lilongwe Water Board

Overall Winner

Winner: Bobby Kabango, Nation Publications
Report: Police uniforms, boots for sale
Prize: Laptop courtesy of Old Mutual Malawi

Lifetime Achiever

Winner: Leonnard Chikadya, Times Group
Prize: Top of the Art Trophy courtesy of MISA Malawi

Media House of the Year

Online

Winner: Nation Online
Prize: Trophy courtesy of MISA Malawi

Electronic: Radio

Winner: Zodiak Broadcasting Station
Prize: Trophy courtesy of MISA Malawi

Electronic: Television

Winner: Times Television
Prize: Trophy courtesy of MISA Malawi

Print

Winner: Nation Publications Limited
Prize: Trophy courtesy of MISA Malawi