BlackBerry joins the search for outstanding African journalism

Deon Liebenberg, RIM Regional Director for Sub Saharan Africa

Research In Motion (RIM), the company behind the BlackBerry® solution, is supporting the CNN African Journalist 2010 Awards.

It’s widely accepted throughout the media industry, that the CNN Africa Journalist Awards 2010 provides independent recognition to some of the best journalists in the region. This year, RIM is category sponsor for the ‘Digital Journalism Award’ and in addition, is providing the worthy winners of each of the major categories with the prize of a BlackBerry® Curve™ 8520 smartphone.

“Journalists play a critical role in spreading the news and informing their readers about new products, technologies and trends. With the rise in consumption of digital media, we want to encourage journalists to expand this medium,” says Deon Liebenberg, Regional Director for Sub Sahara Africa at RIM.

The BlackBerry solution is the industry’s leading mobile messaging solution for people who want a smartphone to connect them to everything that matters. It allows users to stay connected with wireless access to email, phone, maps, organiser, applications, games, the Internet and more.

“We are proud to support the CNN African Journalist 2010 Awards and the search for the best journalists in Africa. As the world’s leading provider of mobile solutions, we understand the importance of up-to-minute-news and always-on connectivity in a media world that never sleeps. That’s why we are providing winners of the major category with BlackBerry smartphones that will allow them to stay in touch while they’re out in the field gathering news,” Liebenberg added.

The winners of these prestigious annual Awards will be announced at a gala ceremony to be held in Kampala, Uganda on 29 May 2010 marking it the fifteenth anniversary of these awards. Over the past fifteen years, the competition has grown in size and status to become one of Africa’s most prestigious media events.