A TOTAL of 91 journalists will battle it out in this year’s Excellence in Journalism Awards Tanzania (EJAT) gala.
Speaking here midweek, Media Council of Tanzania (MCT) Executive Secretary Kajubi Mukajanga said out of the 728 entries submitted by Media practitioners in the country, only 91 made the cut for the award gala, scheduled for Mlimani City, next month.
“We are once again witnessing a rise in number of entries in the various categories and this explains the sheer quality of stories brought to us,” explained Mr Mukajanga.
According to the MCT Executive Secretary, judges will have a fair share of the task as they go through the submitted stories.
“We continue to encourage journalists to come up with good stories that will give our judges a run for their money,” he said.
This year’s awards Chief Judge Mkumbwa Ally, challenged journalists to embrace creativity at a time when digital technology had reigned supreme.
The seasoned veteran journalist warned that media practitioners may find themselves out of place if they don’t adapt to the ever changing technology.
“This is one thing that should be in every journalist’s mind if they want to make it in their profession,” he urged.
Mr Mkumbwa also challenged journalists to write balanced stories to avoid libel suits.