Four sports journalists were on Wednesday night awarded for their best coverage of the 2015 Standard Bank Knockout Cup.
Civo United beat Be Forward Wanderers 1-0 in the final on November 1.
During the media awards presentation at the bank’s headquarters in Blantyre, Nation Publications Limited (NPL) scribes Bobby Kabango and Singayazi Kaminjolo emerged as the best photojournalist and the best print media reporter, respectively.
Times Television’s Pilirani Kachinziri and Madalitso Phiri of Capital FM were named best television and radio presenters in that order.
According to the bank’s head of marketing Thoko Unyolo, each category winner is set to receive K200 000 ($329).
“These awards challenge journalists to strive for professionalism, quality and credibility. They also provide a continuous career development as both seasoned and upcoming journalists compete on equal footing. Graduates of these awards have climbed ladders in their careers, and [previous awardee] NPL’s sports editor Garry Chirwa is a good example,” Unyolo said.
“Going forward, Standard Bank will continue to work closely with media to promote professional development, quality journalism and independence.”
Chief Judge of the awards Ellard Manjawira, who is head of media and journalism studies at University of Malawi’s The Polytechnic, said the awards were in recognition of the important role the media plays in reporting the Standard Bank Knockout Cup to keep the nation informed, educated and entertained with developments in the tournament.
“We were looking for quality, excellence, objectivity and consistency. Specifically, the winning entries had to posses such attributes as frequency, colour and flair, organised research and insight, journalistic integrity, gender sensitivity mainstreaming and adherence to rules of the competition,” Manjawira said. n