Says Dot Field, Vodacom’s Chief Communication Officer: “The Vodacom Journalist of the Year Awards not only gives acknowledgment to hard-working reporters from all spheres of the profession but help to continuously raise the bar in pursuit of excellence.
“Vodacom believes in a strong, vibrant media and as such, has invested in rewarding practitioners in various fields within the Vodacom Journalist of the Year Awards, the most prestigious journalism award in South Africa.”
The 2009 Vodacom Journalist of the Year winner will get R125 000 in cash, as well as being given the opportunity to donate R125 000 to an official charity of his or her choice.
The 14 award categories where entrants can be nominated are: TV General News; TV Feature; Print General News; Print Feature; Radio News; Radio Feature; Financial/Economic; Columnist; Cartoonist; Photographer; Sport; Community Media; Online Journalism and Editors’ Choice.
All entries must have been published or broadcast between May 1, 2008 and April 30, 2009. The competition opens on April 9, 2009 and closes on May 28, 2009.
The competition begins with the regional awards, which will be held around the country in September, and winners in the various categories will automatically compete at the National Awards ceremony, which will take place at a function to be held in Johannesburg in October.
A Lifetime Achievement Award is also awarded to a journalist who has made a meaningful contribution to the media profession. This winner is chosen by the judging panel.
The Vodacom Journalist of the Year Awards is sponsored by Vodacom in association with 1Time airlines, Southern Sun, the Sandton Sun Hotel, Nokia, Media Express and the JSE.