THE number of entries for the Excellence in Journalism Tanzania (EJAT) award has progressively increased over the past four years from 304 entries in 2009 to 946 this year.
The EJAT 2012 Organising Committee Chairperson, Mr Kajubi Mukajanga, addressing media representatives in Dar es Salaam on Friday said that among the 946 entries received, 660 entries are from the print media and 286 are from the electronic media.
"The awards which were introduced in 2009 to recognize and reward excellence in journalism have gained popularity and have become one of the most coveted awards in journalism in Tanzania," said Mr Mukajanga, who is also the Executive Secretary of the Media Council of Tanzania (MCT).
He pointed out that the fourth annual EJAT awards ceremony will be held on April 5 at Diamond Jubilee Hall and is expected to be graced by the President of Zanzibar, Dr Ali Mohamed Shein.Mr Mukajanga said three new categories were introduced for the 2012 Awards to include the category in agriculture and agri-business, sexual and reproductive health for young people and Best TV camera person.
The awards categories include reporting on business and the economy, children, HIV/AIDS, malaria, people with disabilities, sports and culture, science and technology, gender, good governance and education plus more.According to Mr Mukajanga, there is an open category which accommodates entries which do not fit into any of the prescribed categories.
A panel of judges comprised of experienced journalists will meet to scrutinize the entries and select winners for the various categories. The judges include Mr Wence Mushi who will be the Lead Judge, Ms Edda Sanga (Nominee of the Lifetime Achievement Award in Journalism 2011).
Others are Ms Pudenciana Temba (Editor from Daily News), Ms Dina Chahali (Editor from Chanel Ten), Mr Yusuf Omari Chunda (veteran journalist from Zanzibar), Mr Anaclet Rwegayura, Mr Ngalimecha Ngahyoma, Ms Pili Mtambalike, Mr Mwanzo Milinga and Mr Atilio Tagalile.
Mr Mukajanga noted that a panel is searching for a recipient of the Lifetime Achievement in Journalism Award (LAJA) which was introduced last year.
The pioneer recipient of the awards is veteran journalist and media trainer, Mr Fili Karashani.