The Herald (Harare)

5 December 2012

Zimbabwe: Herald Journo Scoops Award

The Herald Mashonaland West Bureau reporter Walter Nyamukondiwa scooped the provincial Legal and Court Reporter of the Year award at a recently held provincial journalism and media awards.

Nyamukondiwa who is based in Chinhoyi beat six other contestants to emerge the winner and walked away with prize money and a certificate.

Speaking at the awards ceremony in Chinhoyi at the weekend Zimbabwe Union of Journalist secretary general Foster Dongozi said the awards present journalists with an opportunity for self introspection and take stock of their contribution to the profession and society.

"This is the second such ZUJ chapter to hold journalistic awards after Mutare and events such as these help to inspire journalists to do their best for the betterment of society through well researched and thought out stories," he said.

He implored journalists to adhere to journalistic ethics of fairness and balance. Dongozi added that ZUJ, with the assistance of editors from various media houses was in the process of drafting a code of conduct for journalists.

Businessman and farmer Mr Temba Mliswa took a swipe at some people whom he said resorted to scare tactics to cow the media.

One of the sponsors of the event Zimplats spokesperson and head of corporate affairs Mrs Busi Chindove said the company would continue to support initiatives by journalists within the province to cover and highlight community issues.

"Highlighting of community issues such as success and challenges helps to shape communities and as Zimplats we are committed to ensuring that journalists are assisted in doing their work in the areas where we do business," she said.

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