Citi FM journalist, Umaru Sanda Amadu has been shortlisted among six (6) Ghanaian journalists to receive an award for reporting on the Sustainable Development Goals.
The awards event which is slated for Monday, October 24 is being hosted jointly by The Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) and the UN system in Ghana.
Other journalists shortlisted for the award include, Bubu Klinogo (GBC Radio, Accra), Theresa Oppong (Ultimate FM – Kumasi), Michael Mfum Sarpong (Starr FM correspondent – Sunyani), Abdul Hameed Amponsah (Radio Peace, Winneba) and Nina Abena Antwi-Kusi (TV3 Network Limited).
The overall winner will receive a plaque, a citation and a cash prize of GHC 6,000. The first and second runners-up will receive a plaque, citation and cash prizes of GHC 3,000 and GHC2, 000 respectively. The other nominees will each be presented with a certificate of merit.
A statement issued by the MFWA said the award is to “reward Ghanaian journalists who have demonstrated excellence in reporting on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).”
“The initiative forms 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,” it said.
The project was jointly funded by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
Dozens of journalists from across the country were trained on the SDGs and how to support their effective implementation through quality reporting on the Goals.
The journalists were Subsequently supported with 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 panel also selected the overall best reporter, and first and second
“Several entries were received for the awards out of which the judging panel settled on six nominees. The panel also selected the overall best reporter, and first and second runners-up,” the statement said.
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. The programme will be held at the Ghana International Press Centre at 1:30 pm.