By Staff Reporter
ALPHA Media Holdings (AMH) journalists reigned supreme on Thursday when they scooped seven awards at the National Journalism and Media Awards (Njama) in Harare.
AMH is the largest privately-owned media house in Zimbabwe and publishes NewsDay, Southern Eye, The Standard and Zimbabwe Independent.
Early this year AMH journalists came out tops after scooping awards in various categories at the Mining Media Awards.
Mashonaland East bureau chief Jairos Saunyama and Bulawayo-based business reporter Mthandazo Nyoni were the toast of the day after each walked home with two awards.
Saunyama won the Arts, Culture and Entertainment Reporter of the Year as well as the ICT Journalist of the Year award, while Nyoni scooped the Business Journalist of the Year and the Financial Journalist of the Year awards.
Moses Mugugunyeki walked away with the Sustainable Development Goal (6) Journalist of the Year award, while Masvingo correspondent Tatenda Chitagu won the Convention on the Rights of the Child @ 30 Child Journalist of the Year award.
Saunyama, Nyoni and Mugugunyeki’s stories were published by The Standard.
Zimbabwe Independent’s Tinashe Kairiza scooped the News Journalist of the Year award.
Held under the theme Media, Communities and Climate Change, Njama is hosted by the Zimbabwe Union of Journalist each year to honour journalists, who would have excelled in covering issues that have impact on society.
This year’s edition was graced by Chinese deputy ambassador Zhao Baogang, Unesco regional communications and information advisor Al Amin Yusuph, who was the guest of honour.
Yusuph urged the media to be on the forefront in creating awareness about climate change.
ZUJ secretary-general Foster Dongozi said the ongoing reforms should allow for self-regulation of the media and do away with the criminalisation of the profession.