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A total of 907 entries are competing for awards in 19 categories in the 2013 Excellence in Journalism Awards Tanzania (EJAT).
The Chairperson of Organising Committee of EJAT, Kajubi Mukajanga said Dar es Salaam region has a lion’s share in terms of entries to the competition which is taking place for the fifth time.
Addressing a press conference at the offices of the Media Council of Tanzania (MCT) which partners with other institutions in organizing the annual competition on January 29, 2014, Mukajanga said Dar es Salaam submitted 500 entries followed by Mwanza with 103 entries while Arusha takes the third position with 59.
Zanzibar has submitted 57 entries and Kagera is fifth with 23 entries. All the entries he said are from 61 media outlets.
He said the number of entries in the competition have been increasing each year with the exception of 2013 which recorded a slight drop.
In 2009 the number of entries were 304, in 2010 the entries were 437, in 2011 they were 772 and in 2012 they shot up to 946, he said.
Likewise , he said, the categories in the competition also increased from nine in 2009, 16 in 2010 and they have steadied at 19 categories from 2011 to now.
Mukajanga also announced that Judge President of the East African Court of Justice, Hon. Justice Harold Nsekela, will grace the EJAT gala night on March 14, 2014 at Mlimani City Hall.
Meanwhile Members of the Panel of Judges of the Excellence in Journalism Awards Tanzania (EJAT) 2013 were sworn-in after the press conference as part of preparation for scrutinizing entries and choose the best in journalism for recognition.
The Panel of Judges is chaired by veteran journalist and trainer , Mr. Gervas Moshiro. Other members of the Panel are Mwanzo Millinga, Pudenciana Temba, Hassan Mittawi, Ananilea Nkya, Jesse Kwayu, Pili Mtambalike, Chrysostom Rweyemamu and Suleiman Kissoky.
They were sworn-in by the President of the Governing Board of the Media Council of Tanzania, Justice, Dr. Robert Kisanga.
The panel of judges met briefly after swearing-in ceremony, to discuss the modalities of the judging process before adjourning the session to February 10, 2014 when they will start to scrutinise EJAT entries. The exercise will last for seven days.
Mukajanga also informed the press that the process of selecting the winner of the “Lifetime Achievement in Journalism Award” (LAJA) to honour journalists whose contribution has left an indelible mark on the media industry has also begun.
He explained that the process of selecting the winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award is different from that used in getting specific EJAT category winners.
This one, Mukajanga said, involves a Panel of Experts who will develop a list of candidates together with detailed resumes of possible candidates and subject them to rigorous scrutiny using criteria that have been developed by EJAT Partners.
The Experts will select three nominees who will be presented to EJAT Partners who select the eventual winner, he said.
The Panel of Experts of the Lifetime Achievement Award is chaired by Theophil Makunga, a seasoned editor and media administrator. Other experts are Jenerali Ulimwengu, Lillian Kallaghe, Hamis Mzee and Joyce Mhaville. This will be the third time a winner for LAJA is picked.
Apart MCT the other EJAT partners are Tanzania, Media Fund (TMF), Tanzania Editors Forum (TEF), Association of Journalists Against Aids (AJAAT), Tanzania Sports Writers Association (TASWA), Media Owners of Tanzania (MOAT) Media Institute of Southern Africa -Tanzania Chapter (MISA-Tan), John Hopkins University, HakiElimu, Tanzania Media Women’s Association (TAMWA), AMREF, ANSAF, BEST-AC and Sikika
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