Nation Publications Limited (NPL) on Friday emerged overall winners in the 2021 Green Media Awards championed by the Association of Environmental Journalists (AEJ) in Malawi.
Individual NPL journalists and a correspondent scooped various awards in five categories in science and environmental reporting, including being crowned green media house of the year at a gala held on Saturday at Crossroads Hotel in Lilongwe.
Journalists Dumbani Mzale and Bobby Kabango as well as correspondent Temwa Mhone emerged winners, with Mhone walking home with two awards.
Mzale was crowned best reporter in energy poverty and renewable energy reporting, Kabango was awarded for his reporting in investigative journalism while Mhone also emerged winner in perfect green photography as well as climate change and resilience building reporting.
In his speech, Mhone said the awards will motivate him to report more on environmental issues.
Present during the awards was Minister of Forestry and Natural Resources Nancy Tembo who acknowledged the role of the media in championing the green agenda.
The minister called for more efforts in investigative journalism to keep duty-bearers in check.
Among other contemporary awards, Thomas Kachere of the Times Media Group emerged overall winner in Fisheries and Aquaculture, Water and Sanitation and Waste Management.
Abraham Bisai of Yetu FM was voted the best upcoming green media journalist of the year, and Titus Lizzie of Yoneco FM was crowned best agriculture reporter.
Other winners included Yamikani Simtowe (MBC), Sakina Majawa, Charles Pensulo (freelancer), Christopher Sande (ZBS) and Rose Chipumphula (Montfort Media).
AEJ president Mathews Malata described this year’s entries as diverse and competitive.
“This year we had an overwhelming response in both partner support and submission of entries from our members,” he said.
Among other activities, the 2021 Annual General Meeting brought together a number of organisations and partners who shared a series of technical expertise in science and environmental reporting.