20 May 2014
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CNN Announces GE-Sponsored Energy and Infrastructure Category in CNN MultiChoice African Journalist Awards

press release
  • GE sponsorship will help highlight Energy and Infrastructure issues in Africa
  • Call for entries from all journalists across the continent

ENTRIES CLOSE FRIDAY 30 MAY

A new category has been announced for the prestigious CNN MultiChoice African Journalist Awards in 2014.

It is GE Energy & Infrastructure category, sponsored by global Energy and infrastructure giants, General Electric (GE).

GE Africa CEO Jay Ireland said: “The sponsorship of the Infrastructure and Energy category in the CNN MultiChoice African Journalist Awards aligns with GE’s strategic objectives on the continent. GE is delighted to be part of efforts to highlight Africa’s Energy and infrastructure challenges and the laudable efforts to address them. It is important to celebrate journalists on the continent whose respective articles and coverage help to highlight opportunities, challenges and solutions to Africa’s Energy and infrastructure deficit.

As a global Energy and infrastructure leader, we feel a sense of duty to recognise the all-important role that journalists play in highlighting the issues that affect everyday life on the continent. Energy and Infrastructure are pivotal for Africa’s growth and those who write about it must be celebrated.”

Tony Maddox, Executive Vice President and Managing Director of CNN International, said: “Since the very beginning, these Awards have discovered and rewarded superlative African journalism across the continent. With even more of Africa’s storytellers now able to share their work with us, we expect even more outstanding entries. The categories this year also perfectly mirror the reality of today’s Africa’s multi-platform media scene.

As Africa’s leading news provider, we’re delighted to play our part in supporting the excellent journalism these Awards yield annually.”

Nico Meyer, CEO MultiChoice Africa, said: “As we enter our 10th year as partners to the CNN MultiChoice African Journalist Awards, we continue to be amazed and honoured by the phenomenal impact that this initiative has had on the continent. It certainly has been a game changer for the advancement of media development and quality journalism, showcasing top-class journalists who can compete heads and shoulders with their peers on the world stage. This year promises to once again highlight Africa’s best journalistic talent.”

About the CNN MultiChoice African Journalist Awards:

The competition for African nationals based on the continent welcomes entries from journalists creating content targeting an African audience.

Finalists in the 2014 competition will participate in a finalists’ programme that will include a media forum and networking opportunities with senior journalists, editors, business leaders and media owners from across the continent, culminating in a gala awards ceremony later in the year.

The CNN MultiChoice African Journalist 2014 will have the opportunity to participate in the CNN Journalism Fellowship at CNN Headquarters in Atlanta. Entries for this year’s competition close on the 30th of May.

To submit entries please visit:

http://www.cnnmcaja.cnn.com

For further information on the CNN MultiChoice African Journalist Awards, please contact:

CNN International London: Joel Brown + 44 20 7693 0967/ + 44 7967 293452 joel.brown@turner.com

MultiChoice Africa: Odette Bagley +27 11 289 3400 / + 27 82 338 1769 obagley@multichoice@multichoice.co.za

MultiChoice South Africa: Marietjie Groenewald + 27 11 / 289 3067 +27 79 501 1758 Marietjie.Groenewald@multichoice.co.za

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