GJA Announces names of 36 prospective winners for the 23rd GJA Awards

Robert Anane, GNA

Accra, Oct. 26, GNA – The Ghana Journalists
Association (GJA) Awards Committee, on Thursday announced names of 36
prospective winners for the 23rd GJA Awards.

The awards take place on Saturday evening,
October 27, at the Kempiski Hotel in Accra.

The prospective award winners are Peter Quao
Adator of TV3, Seth Kwame Boateng of Joy News, Rebecca Quaicoo Duno of the
Daily Graphic and Peggy Ama Donkor of Ghana Television (GTV).

The others are Linda Tenyah Ayettey of the
Daily Guide, Ama Amankwaah Baafi of Graphic Business, Joseph Opoku Gakpo of Joy
News, Moses Dotse Aklorbotu of the Daily Graphic and Emmanuel Adu Gyamerah,
also of the Daily Graphic.

Also among the prospective winners are Alice
Aryeetey of GH One Television, Ridwan Karim Dini-Osman also of GH One Television,
Timothy Ngnenbe of the Daily Graphic, Portia Gabor of TV3, Seth J Bokpe of the
Daily Graphic and Suleiman Mustapha of Graphic Business.

Also included are Charles Andoh of the Mirror,
Stanley Nii Blewu of TV3, Severious Kale Dery of the Daily Graphic, Joojo
Cobinnah of Joy News, David Kodjo-Asinesi of Ghanaian Times and Nana Yaa Konadu
of Peace FM.

The rest are Doreen Hamond of the Daily
Graphic, Samuel Adadi Akapule of Ghanaian Times, Rebecca Ekpe of GBC Radio,
Ernest Manu of Joy News, David Andoh of My Joy Online and Caeser Abagali of the
Ghana News Agency(GNA).

Others are Dan Kwaku Yeboah of Peace FM,
Gabriel Ahiabor of the Daily Graphic, Kwame Anum of TV Africa, Joyce Danso of
the Ghana News Agency, Grace Nana Esi Boateng of Oman FM, Justice Adoboe of
Xinhua News Agency, Sadick Adams of Atinka FM, Bernard Avle of Citi FM and
Jamila Akweley Okertchiri  of the Daily

Dr. Doris Dartey, Chairperson of the GJA
Awards Committee, commended the prospective award winners and said they were
chosen out of 548 entries, adding that the selection was based on the quality
of the news items that were entered, with regards to standard journalistic

She said qualities such as accuracy, balance,
relevance of the content of the stories, proper presentation and decency among
others were key in determining the selection.

The GJA Awards Committee Chairperson advised
journalists who would be applying for awards in future, to find out the right
way of presenting and submitting their entries, in order not to make mistakes
in their submissions.

Dr. Dartey said the committee was extremely
lenient and overlooked a number of faults because too many entries would have
been rejected if they (the GJA Awards Committee) had followed standards to the

She said the awards needed to be promoted a
lot more, to attract every good news story and in effect, encourage excellence
and professionalism.

Dr. Dartey said it was also important to
encourage new and young journalists to submit entries for the awards, adding
that it was unfortunate that year after year, the same old faces kept winning
the awards.

She also noted that the awards also appeared
to have a bias towards Accra, adding that there was the need to broaden it
through improved publicity, to actively include journalists in the other
regions of the country.


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