The journalists, a quarter of the grand total of 60 nominees, include seven from ‘Nipashe’, five from ‘The Guardian’ and three from ITV.

Kajubi Mukajanga, chairman of the EJAT Organizing Committee, said yesterday in Dar es Salaam that 598 applications were received for 20 nomination categories, after which a panel of judges reviewed the applications to come up with 60 nominees. .

The nominees from ‘Nipashe’ newspaper are Agusta Njoji, Sanula Athanas, Sabato Kasika, Mary Geofrey, Marco Maduhu, Elizabeth Zaya and Halfani Chusi, while those filing entries from ‘The Guardian’ are Muhidin Msamba, Francis Kajubi, Beatrice Philemon , Jenifer Gilla and Christina Mwakangale. The successful ITV entrants are Peter Rodgers, Masekepa Masekepa and Jackline Silemu, the organizer noted.

The wider nomination list includes eight nominees from ‘Zanzibar Leo’, seven from ‘Mwananchi’ newspaper, one from ‘Uhuru’, ‘Habari Leo’, ‘The Citizen’, ‘Jamhuri’ and TBC.

There are four nominees from Star TV, two from UFM radio and online channel Dar24 and Chanzo online, as well as one nomination each from various media like Azam TV, ZBC FM, Zanzibar Cable TV, Shamba FM, City FM, Highlands FM Radio, CG FM Radio, Tifu TV online, Watetezi online channel, Nukta Blog and BBC Swahili online.

“Judges spent nine days instead of eight due to an increase of 202 entries from those submitted for EJAT 2020,” he said, noting that among the nominees, 28 are women ( 47%), an increase of 3% compared to the 26. shortlisted for the 2020 EJAT awards, while male scribes submitted 32 nominations (53%).

This year’s entries showed an improvement in quality over previous years, with online journalists showing visible skill in producing their programs, he said, implying that President Samia Suluhu Hassan is likely to grace the EJAT 2021 event, where a lifetime achievement award in 2022 is also lined up. at the top.

The event is scheduled for Saturday May in Dar es Salaam, the 13th edition since its inception, with next year’s entries billed to take a digital format. Journalists will complete the forms online and submit them, the purpose being to control the use of the papers and to allow the judges to play and listen to the videos and sounds submitted on CD.

Mkumbwa Ally, chairman of the judging panel, said he faced a number of challenges including difficulty playing some of the submitted CDs, thus failing to get the targeted message across.

Some reporters made mistakes while filling out the forms, hampering communication about the media house publishing or broadcasting that entry, he said.

“The stories lacked a good presentation from start to middle,” he said, explaining that the judges had to play around to figure out what the reporter was aiming for. Some writers ignored the journalistic writing criteria, he added.