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The seventh edition of the Excellence in Journalism Awards Tanzania (EJAT) 2015 has been launched and entries are invited.

Deadline for submission of entries is February 15, 2016. Entries - articles, photos, cartoons and programmes published or aired between January 1 to December 31, 2015.  

The competition which awards journalists for outstanding performance was launched at a brief but colourful event attended by journalists, past winners, some sponsors and members of the EJAT organizing committee.

The Chairperson of EJAT partners, the Executive Secretary of the Media Council of Tanzania (MCT), Kajubi Mukajanga launched the competition.

He said two new categories have been introduced raising the number of categories to 22. The new categories are Reporting on Taxation and public revenue collection and Reporting on Public procurement.

The other categories are Economy and Business reporting, Sports and culture, Environment, Reporting Children, HIV and Aids, Good governance, Reporting gender, Science and Technology, Maternal health, Investigative journalism, Education, Tourism and Conservation, Reporting People with Disabilities, Best Photographer for Print Media, Best Cameramen, Best Cartoonist, Reporting Agriculture, Reproductive Health for Youth, and reporting Gas, Petroleum and Mineral exploitation.

Two winners of EJAT – Richard Makore who won in two categories - Reporting Gender and Education Reporting and Abubakar Akida who won the Best Print Media Photographer category shared their experience on what it takes to present winning entries.

Makore said journalists have to go extra mile by having multiple sources to produce a good article and Akida pointed out that one has to adhere to professional ethics to produce good press photographs.

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Akida had presented the entry which enabled him to clinch the Best Print Photographer Award in EJAT to the CNN Africa Award where he emerged in a runners up position.

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Lead judge, Chrysostom Rweyemamu taxed to explain the criteria for winning entries he said one has to work hard, ensure their entries are well balanced and multi sourced.

Pili Mtambalike the Regulation and Standards Manager of MCT shed light on categories which do not attract many entries such as science and technology category and even the extractive industry.

She challenged journalists to wake up and write about those categories as science and technology is a part of everyday life.

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As how the organizers identify and introduce new categories, she explained that normally it depended on the stakeholders citing the Best Cameraman award which was introduced after cameramen asked for it.

Elaborating further, the EJAT chairperson, Mukajanga, recalled that cartoonists had”caricatured him and   mama Pili “when pressing for the category of Best Cartoonist.

The two new categories were introduced in the 2015 edition of EJAT following requests by the Tanzania Revenue Authority and the Public Procurement Regulatory Authority (PPRA).

Apart from MCT other EJAT partners are the Media Institute of Southern Africa – Tanzania chapter (MISA –Tan), Tanzania Media Foundation(TMF), Tanzania Media Women Association (TAMWA), Journalists Environment Association of Tanzania (JET), Tanzania Editors Forum (TEF), HakiElimu, AMREF, Best Dialogue, UNICEF, Sikika, Tanzania Communication Regulatory Authority, Evidence for Action, Association of Journalists Against Aids(AJAAT), Agriculture Non-State Actors Forum (ANSAF),PSI –Tanzania and Media Owners Association of Tanzania (MOAT).

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