Senegal: Six Ghanaian journalists to be rewarded for SDG reporting

Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – Six Ghanaian journalists who have demonstrated excellence in reporting on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will be honoured with awards on 24 October, organizers of the event revealed Wednesday.

The Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA), in collaboration with the United Nations (UN) system in Ghana, will hold a special award ceremony in Accra, Ghana's capital, to reward the journalists.

According to a statement obtained by PANA in Dakar, the initiative formed part of an MFWA-UN collaborative project aimed at enhancing the media’s capacity to contribute to advancing public understanding, support and involvement in the implementation of the SDGs.

The project is also aimed at encouraging and supporting the media to mainstream the SDGs in development reporting.

The statement pointed out that under the project, which was funded jointly by United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and United Nations Education Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), dozens of journalists from across Ghana were trained on the SDGs and how to support their effective implementation through quality reporting on the goals.

Subsequently, a number of the trained journalists were supported with small grants to research, produce, and broadcast or publish stories on the SDGs.

''Journalists who produced reports were invited to submit their works for consideration for awards. Several entries were received for the awards out of which the judging panel settled on six nominees,'' the statement noted.

The panel was said to have also selected the overall best reporter, as well as the first and second runners up.

The overall winner will receive a plaque, a citation and a cash prize of 6,000 Ghanaian cedis, approximately US$1,514.

The first and second runners-up will receive plaques, citations and cash prizes of 3,000 Ghanaian cedis (approximately US$ 757)  and 2,000 cedis (about US$504 ) respectively.

Meanwhile, the other nominees will each be presented with a certificate of merit and the top three nominees will be inducted into MFWA’s prestigious Journalism for Change (J4C) Network.

Members of the network are offered regular training opportunities both locally and internationally to enhance their capacity to influence positive changes in society through journalism.

The awards ceremony will bring together representatives from the UN, National Development Planning Commission, the Civil Society Platform on SDGs and the media at Ghana International Press Centre.
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