GJA opens nominations for 2018 awards

BY: Graphic.com.gh

The Ghana Journalists Association (GJA) has opened nominations for the 2018 media awards.

In a communique, GJA called on its members who wish to partake in the competition to submit their works for the year under review, (2017).

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The statement detailed the categories for which the awards will be given for the event which is scheduled for October 20, 2018.

Read the full statement below.

23rd  GJA Awards Competition

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The Ghana Journalists Association (GJA) invites entries for its 23rd Media Awards scheduled for Saturday, October 20, 2018.

Entries for the competition, which is open to members working in the Ghanaian media, should cover works published/broadcast from January 1, 2017 to December 31, 2017. Awards will be given in the following categories, which may also be accessed on www.ghaghana.org:

CATEGORY ONE: (Separate Awards for Radio, Television, Print & Online)

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News Reporting




Small-Scale Illegal Mining (Galamsey)


CATEGORY TWO: (Awards cater for Print & Electronic)

Investigative Reporting



Domestic Tourism

NIB Special Award for Business/Finance & Economic Reporting

Small and Micro Scale Enterprises (SMEs)



Development Journalism for furthering the SDGs

Human Rights (with focus on Child Protection)

Political Reporting

Crime & Court Reporting

Sanitation & Hygiene


ICT & Digital Journalism (including Blogging)



Oil & Gas


Rural Reporting



Best Columnist

Best Cartoonist (Print & Electronic)

Best Morning Show (Radio)

Best Morning Show (Television)

Best Radio Station

Best Television Station

Best Newspaper

CATEGORY FOUR: (Media Houses Only)

Democracy & Peace-building

Best Layout & Designed Newspaper

Best Rural Radio Station

Best Radio/TV Programme – Akan

Best Radio/TV Programme – Dagbani

Best Radio/TV Programme – Ewe

Radio/TV Programme – Ga

Radio/TV Programme – Hausa

Radio/TV Programme – Nzema

CATEGORY FIVE: (Open to student journalists on internship/attachment)

Best Student Journalist


GJA/Komla Dumor Most Promising Young Journalist

GJA/Professor P. A. V. Ansah Journalist of the Year


The competition is open to members working in the print (News Agency inclusive), electronic and online media in Ghana. Category Five of the Awards is open to students of journalism training institutions accredited by the National Accreditation Board, who undertook their internship/practical attachment with media institutions within the period under review.

The objective is to encourage them to pursue professional excellence even before graduating from school. Members of the National Executive and the Awards Committee are not eligible to contest. Entrants must meet the following additional requirements:

Entries should cover works published from January 1, 2017 to December 31, 2017

Entrants may submit entries for a maximum of TWO CATEGORIES, and NOT MORE THAN THREE published works should  be submitted for each category

However, one work SHALL NOT be entered in MORE THAN ONE CATEGORY

Entrants should submit CLEAR ORIGINAL published work and TEN (10) photocopies of each entry.

All entries must show the date of publication/broadcast and the medium in which the work was published. News Agency stories carried by the conventional media or on the Internet shall be considered as published.

Radio and TV entrants should submit ONE AUDIO RECORDING (CD/DVD) in addition to TEN (10) AUTHENTICATED COPIES of the original broadcast script.

Photographic and cartoon entries are subjected to the same requirements as print entries.

Every entry should clearly indicate the category of competition and must bear the name, address, and telephone number of the applicant.

For all the awards under Category Four, entries will be considered alongside nominations by the public (including media practitioners).

Under Category Six – Most Promising Young Journalist and Journalist of the Year – GJA members and the general public are invited to nominate candidates, giving reason(s) for their nomination in not more than 120 words.

The deadline for the submission of entries is 5:00 p.m. on Friday, August 3, 2018.

Entries/Nominations should be addressed to:

The Chairperson,

GJA Media Awards Committee,

Ghana Journalists Association,

P.O. Box GP 4636 Accra

They may also be delivered directly to the Ghana International Press Centre, Accra.

The GJA is NOT bound to give an award in a category if it does not merit one.

Kofi Yeboah

(General Secretary)