The return of the Vodacom Journalist of the Year Awards has seen the bar being raised with “pockets of excellence evident in all categories, underscoring the vital need for this competition”, says co-convenor of the judging panel Mary Papayya.
The judging process was a rigorous one with a professional judging panel taking part in robust debate and critical and concise decision making. According to the judges the review of the categories for this year’s Vodacoms attracted some of the best journalism in South Africa.
“We hope the momentum and interest in these awards will continue,” said Papayya.
This year 832 entries were received in the 12 categories: CSI/Sustainability, Editor’s Choice, Financial/Economic, Online, Photography, Print Feature, Print News, Radio Feature, Radio News, Sport, Television Feature and Television News. The Print News category received the most entries with 161 submissions nationally, and the Northern Region (Gauteng) had the highest number of entries across all categories at 339.
“We are really delighted with the response to the awards this year – and the calibre,” says Maya Makanjee, Chief Officer for Corporate Affairs at Vodacom.
“The independent panel of judges were presented with a great challenge to find the best-of-the-best in South African journalism, and went through a rigorous process to do so.
“This year’s judging panel comprised experts in their fields, and we thank Elna Rossouw, Mary Papayya, Colin Nxumalo, Arthur Goldstuck, Johann de Wet, Joe Thloloe, Ryland Fisher, and Patricia McCracken, who made their time and expertise available to us,” said Makanjee. Mary Papayya and Joe Thloloe served as co-convenors for this year’s awards.
Regional winners for the Northern region were announced on 17 September 2013, in Johannesburg, South Africa at the Protea Fire & Ice hotel.
Regional winners will each take home R5 000 and travel to Johannesburg for the national finals on 1 November.
The winners of the 2013 Vodacom Journalist of the Year regional Awards in the Northern Region are:
2013 CSI/Sustainability winner
Sipho Kings, Mail & Guardian, Bio fuel plant backfires on community
2013 Financial/Economic winner
Jacques Pauw, Rapport/City Press, Nes van bedrog
2013 Online winner
Greg Marinovich, The Daily Maverick, The murder fields of Marikana
2013 Photography winners
Siphiwe Sibeko, Reuters, Marikana; and
Herman Verwey, News24, Rise and fall of Oscar Pistorius
2013 Print Feature winner
Thanduxolo Jika, Andrew Trench, Athandiwe Saba, Leon Sadiki, Loyiso Sidimba, Lucas Ledwaba, Nicki Gules, Sipho Masondo, Sizwe Yende, Media24 Investigations/City Press/Graphics24, Faces of Marikana
2013 Print News winners
Rob Rose, Mzilikazi Wa Afrika, Stephan Hofstatter, Sunday Times, Dina Pule (body of work)
2013 Radio Feature winner
Melini Moses, SAFM, Lolly Lounges: Dens of iniquity
2013 Radio News winner
Gia Nicolaides, Talk Radio 702, Marikana
2013 Sport winner
Sameer Naik, Saturday Star, Team South Africa’s golden road to London
2013 Television Feature winners
Mpho Lakaje, Dzivhuluwani Ramabulana, Eurishka Nadesan, ETV, Against All Odds with Mpho Lakaje – Sheri Brynard
2013 Television News winner
Luxolo Xoli Mngambi, eNCA, Minutes before the Marikana massacre happened
2013 Editor’s choice winner
Herman Scholtz, Media24/Huisgenoot/You, Scholtz was nominated by Yvonne Beyers
Makanjee says, “Congratulations to all the winners in the Northern region, and we look forward to welcoming you at the national finals, which will be a celebration of the best in journalism in South Africa.”