Zimpapers journalists scooped the lion’s share of the awards at this year’s edition of the National Journalistic and Media Awards held in Harare on Thursday.
Zimpapers Television Network scooped two awards – the Disaster Risk Reduction Journalist of the Year Award – which was won by Munashe Mukahlera and the Tourism Journalist of the Year, which was grabbed by Takudzwa Chihambakwe.
Other winners from the Zimpapers stable were Enacy Mapakame of The Herald newspaper who got the Business Journalist of The Year award, Thupeyo Muleya who clinched the Customs, Transport Freighting Journalist of the Year, Muchaneta Chimuka of Kwayedza won the Foster Dongozi award and the Maternal Health Journalist of The Year award, Nqobile Tshili of the Chronicle was the runner-up in this category, and was also runner-up in the Sino-Zim category.
Robin Muchetu of the Chronicle was the winner of the Gender Based Violence Reporter Of The Year award, while Ivan Zhakata of the Herald was the first runner up for the Yasser Arafat Journalist of The Year award and Tobias Mudzingwa of Capitalk 100.4 FM radio was a runner-up in the Arts, Culture and Entertainment Journalist of The Year award.
Winners went away with certificates and various prizes, including money which was in both the local currency and United States dollars.
The awards came at a time when the world is facing a Covid-19 pandemic and a moment of silence was observed to remember some journalists who either succumbed to the disease or died of other causes.
These include the former Secretary General of the Zimbabwe Union Of Journalists, Foster Dongozi, journalists Zororo Makamba, Janet Munyaka, Sam Mkhithika, Saul Gwakuba Ndlovu, Conway Tutani and Lloyd Mbiba.Speaking at the ceremony, Guest of Honour honourable Sipho Mokone, who is the chairperson of the parliamentary portfolio committee on information, media, and broadcasting services said in this age of citizen journalism where everyone with an electronic gadget can report the news it is important for journalists to be ethical in their reportage, adding that journalists have an obligation to get the story right.
Chairperson of the judges and veteran journalist, Geoffrey Nyarota said the media should provide accurate, reliable and timeous reports. He hailed the participation of Kwayedza Newspaper, Zimpapers Television Network and Chronicle.
Head of the World Health Organisation Country Office in Zimbabwe, Dr Alex Gasasira said the media has a key role to play in the fight against Covid-19 through providing accurate and reliable information.
He said the United Nations values the cordial relationship with the media in advancing the UN Millenium Development goals.