The Upper East Regional branch of the Ghana Journalists Association (GJA) on Thursday July 27, 2023 launched its awards ceremony at a brief ceremony in Bolgatanga. In attendance were journalists and representatives from various public and private institutions including nonprofit organizations in the region.
The Bolgatanga Municipal Chief Executive (MCE), Rex Asanga who launched the awards, commended journalists in the region for their high sense of professionalism and urged them to keep it up.
Mr. Asanga also inaugurated the Awards Vetting Committee to be chaired by Prof. David Millar, founder of Millar Open University in Bolgatanga. Other members of the committee are; Lawyer Abdulai Jalaldeen, the Regional Director of the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) and multiple GJA Award Winning Journalist and now a Communications Lecturer at Bolgatanga Technical University, Samuel Akapule.
The awards nigh is on October 6, 2023 under the theme: “Safeguarding the Peace and Security of the Upper East Region: The Role of the Media.”
The Upper East Regional Chairman of the GJA, William Nlanjerbor Jalulah in his address, urged journalists to uphold professionalism in their reporting of conflict-related matters in the region.
He also appealed to public and private organizations to sponsor the awards scheme shich is open to the GJA actively working within the Ghanaian media industry in the Upper East Region. They are eligible to submit their works published between January 1, 2022, and December 31, 2022.
The launch ceremony was chaired by retired educationist, Mr. Robert Ajene.
Below are the categories:
- Journalist of the Year
- Investigative Reporting
- Agriculture Reporting
- Child Protection
- Human Rights
- Water and Sanitation
- Best Radio Station
- Tourism and Culture
- Best Radio Programme
Entrants are to submit their works to: The 2nd GJA Awards Vetting Committee, Bolgatanga, Upper East Region.