VIOLET MENGO, Lusaka
ZAMBIA Daily Mail reporters on Friday night scooped a total of six prizes at the 2017 Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) media awards ceremony.
And Independent Broadcasting Authority (IBA) vice chairperson Patty Mwase has
saluted journalists for their work, which she said could not be undermined.
Senior sub-editor Margaret Samulela-Chisanga won the best hospitality and tourism award, senior reporter Nkombo Kachemba of Kitwe walked away with two awards in water and sanitation and agriculture.
Senior Features reporter Violet Mengo scooped the environmental reporting award while Nancy Siame was best in telecommunication reporting.
Senior Sunday Mail reporter Jack Zimba bagged the best gender reporting.
“It’s encouraging that the work of our great team at Zambia Daily Mail is being recognised, especially by a reputable media body such as MISA-Zambia,” Daily Mail deputy managing director Chapadongo Lungu said.
Some of the other winners were Mwaka Nyimbili of Hot FM (best radio under telecommunications and insurance ), Sylvester Mwale of the Times of Zambia (best in the Anti-Corruption Commission award) and Annie Zulu of the Daily Nation.
Juliet Tembo, one of the adjudicators, said 2017 awards attracted a total of 400 entries in different categories.
Meanwhile, Ms Mwase noted that the media is critical in the growth of the country through factual reporting.
“We are delighted to be part of this recognition of journalists who have exhibited excellence in their reporting,” Ms Mwase said.
She urged the winners to be drivers of change towards a society that acknowledges the role and contributions journalists make to different sectors of the economy.
The 2017 MISA-Zambia awards were held under the theme ‘Supporting freedom of expression for national development and enlightened citizenry’.
And MISA-Zambia chairperson Hellen Mwale said the media landscape is today more vibrant than it has ever been, especially in broadcasting.
As of the first quarter of this year, Zambia has 34 television stations, 110 radio stations and a number of publications, some only existing online and on WhatsApp.