Ghanaian Journalist Gets International Award
The News Editor of The Catholic Standard, Mr. Damian Avevor has been adjudged one of the winners of the International Journalism and Media Awards, 2013 in the category of Excellence in Journalism.
He was the only Ghanaian Journalist among 25 winners of the Awards in eight categories chosen from over 2,000 competitors from all over the world.
award was won in 2001 and 2004 by Africanus Diedong ; 2004 and 2007 by Anas Aremeyaw Anas of the Crusading Guide, 1992 and 1995 by Samuel Sarpong; 1998 by Vincent Azumah .
The triennial awards honour outstanding media professionals, publications and institutions worldwide, and recognize their exemplary contributions irrespective of all differences.
The international awards enhance and make journalistic and media works more valuable in diverse fields, and acknowledge the efforts of all participating journalists and media professionals as well as their milieu.
They help guarantee freedom of expression and freedom of the media at all levels in spite of all types of pressures especially from political, business and religious leaders and authorities.
The awards are recognition for lifetime and reference for professionals to consult issues that concern nations, continents and our world. They reconfirm the competence and consolidate the authority of the winners on their domains and topics that are of major relevance and extreme importance in the world affairs.
The International Awards for Excellence in Journalism won by Mr. Avevor and four other journalists from Cameroon, Kenya and Congo D.R., honours outstanding Journalists and other Media Professionals from all domains and a good proportion are reserved for young media professionals below 35 years.
Other categories of winners were Women Issues, Inter-Religious Initiatives, Educom; Solidarity with Refugees, Photo Journalism, Titus Brandsma and Cardinal Foley awards.
The two major criteria for determining the Award Winners were content value and journalistic presentation in their works they presented.
The award, from the Geneva-based International Christian Organization of the Media (ICOM), a forum for professionals and institutions in Secular and Religious Journalism, will be awarded at the organization’s world congress in Panama City, Central America from September 28 to October 6, 2013.
The World Congress is organized under the auspices and with the collaboration of National Council of Journalism, National College of Journalists, Union of Panamanian Journalists and other national and Central American entities.
It is a meeting point for internationally minded women and men to get together once in three years and analyse developments in today’s world from journalistic and media perspectives.
Mr. Avevor entered the competition with three Articles published in the New People, an International Catholic Magazine of Missionary awareness published in Kenya by the Comboni Missionaries but distributed in selected African Countries including Ghana.
The articles are titled: Taming HIV and AIDS, Empowering Persons with Physical Disabilities and Flamboyant Funerals.
Mr. Avevor writes for the New People since 2004 and joinedThe Catholic Standard as an Intern Reporter in 2000 and became a full time Reporter in 2003.
He was promoted to Senior and Chief Reporter in 2006 and 2009 respectively and appointed News Editor in 2010.
He is an alumna of the International Institute for Journalism (IIJ) in Berlin, Germany and a product of Institute of Commercial Management (ICM), UK.
He has Diploma Certificates in Journalism, Newspaper Reporting, and Business Management and Administration (BMA) as well as Certificates in Writing Skills English, Media Ethics, HIV/AIDS Reporting and Health Reporting.
He is a member of the Catholic Association of Media Practitioners, Ghana (CAMP-G), Ghana Journalists’ Association (GJA) and the Institute of Public Relations, Ghana (IPR).
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