Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (KBC) journalists featured among those who were feted at the Annual Journalism Excellence Awards (AJEA) held on Tuesday at Serena hotel.
The awards organized by the Media Council of Kenya (MCK) seek to celebrate excellence in journalism annually.
According to the council, the key objectives of the awards are to identify, celebrate and maintain excellence in journalism and the media industry in general, recognize journalists who have demonstrated high standards of reportage and ethics in their work, and to identify areas of capacity need for journalists and media practitioners to maintain standards of excellence in the profession.
The Council received 1,119 entries following the call for submissions announced on 8″ March 2021. Out of the entries received 120 stories were shortlisted and were subjected to a two-phase judging process.
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Sixty winners from various media houses across the country were awarded.
The KBC journalists are Isaack Lemoka, who worn in the radio category for best Covid-19 reporting and Lourdes Walusala best radio production winner.
The award also aims to challenge journalists to achieve the highest standards of ethics in the profession and practice of journalism and inspire journalists to play their role in upholding democracy, integrity and accountability in society among others.
The virtual awards were presided over by acting Chief Justice Philomena Mwilu alongside the council’s Chairman Maina Muiruri and CEO David Omwoyo.
” “We celebrate journalists in their noble contribution to the society with their craft. The awards are a continuous celebration of journalists’ excellence in the country.” Said Ag. Chief Justice
“As we celebrate the work of journalists today we can’t ignore the difficulties they face in gathering and disseminating information. In this age of fake news the media has an active role in tackling misinformation through verification and ensuring accuracy. I join all Kenyans in celebrating journalists, especially those who will receive awards for we all know the risks you go through to acquire information.” She added.
She noted that during the lockdown, the importance of the media to keep everyone informed has been magnified.
” The range of award categories illustrate the robust nature of journalists in our country. Nothing should come between you & your duty to tell the truth. The importance of reliable information cannot be underestimated. I hope during this year’s celebration we mull over the importance of information as a public good. Lay offs and restructuring of media organizations. It is a period during which we appreciate the important role in which the media plays in our society. This is a period to remember all those journalists who have lost their lives to bring us stories and, in an endeavor, to bring us the truth.” She noted.
On his part the CEO noted that; “We have 18 winners from an initial pool of 1,119. Judges have spent day and night to bring out the best. There is a lot of technological revolution and pandemic of fake news but during all this we have seen high quality pieces of journalism.”
“The Council has seen Journalist being under pressure and threats and as the 4th state we can only turn to the judiciary” He added