Our South Africa partner, Vuselela Media recently announced the winners of their community journalism awards.
Sandisiwe Sokrowa, has won the 2013 Vuselela Community Journalism Awards, at a ceremony held in Johannesburg on Wednesday and announced as part of the B Media Y’s TV show during the weekend.
The Community Journalism Awards recognises the work of community journalists in the categories of: best community cell phone journalism, best public service announcement, best school cell phone journalism and best community journalism documentary.
The four winners and the respective runners-up were announced as part of the final television show of B Media Y’sfor 2013 hosted by Maraza, the anchor of the show with guests including Boston City Campus media liaison, Nontokozo Zulu and Fikile Ntanzi, project partner from loveLife.
Chorora High School in Rustenburg’s Oratile Moleleki won the School Squad competition with her piece entitled “Our School Choir”. The Best Public Service Announcement Award went to the loveLife groundBreaker from Langa Township for “Dear Diary: Safe Sex PSA” while Emathulini loveLife’s submission of “Teenage Pregnancy”, a cell phone clip, won them the Community Cell phone journalism award.
The big award the Community Journalist of the year went to KwaNobuhle, Eastern Cape community journalist Sandisiwe Sokrowa, for her submission of “13”, the story of a thirteen-year-old mandrax addict.
Of the piece Sandisiwe recollects “the boy (in the interview), doesn’t stay far from my house, I wanted to make a difference in his life by giving him a platform to make the subject important and make his story important”.
Sandisiwe took home a sponsored 3-year R90 000 Boston Media House bursary, R5000 in cash prizes and a fully paid internship at Vuselela.
“Established in 2012, the awards are in their infancy, yet the diversity of entries this year is evidence to the growing awareness of the organisation and the awards,” said Brandon Oelofse, a director at Vuselela. The awards are made possible through collaboration with the European Journalism Center (EJC) and the Open Society Foundation of South Africa (OSF-SA) who support the B Media Ys project.
The winners were narrowed down from more than 3000 entries. A sixteen-judge panel of industry experts, journalists, project partners and programme affiliates selected the runner-up and winning entries.