Lilongwe, Association of Environmental Journalists (AEJ) in Malawi has scheduled to recognise its members with the 2018 Green Media Awards on April 12, 2019 at Victoria Hotel in Blantyre.
The 2018 Green Media Awards will be conducted under the theme Greening the Media for a Resilient Malawi in which AEJ wants to mainstream the coverage of environment.
Among the categories in the awards include climate change, energy and green economy, waste management and pollution, disaster risk reduction, forestry, fisheries, wildlife, water and sanitation, agriculture and mining governance among others.
The panel of judges is almost through reviewing the entries received to check for originality, creativity, depth, timeliness, articulation and understanding of subject matter among other pointers, said Secretary General for AEJ, Charles Mkoka.
He added that the association will present trophies and an assortment of prizes to all selected award winners in the categories.
The awards were initially designed to boost agriculture, environment and science reporting by honouring hardworking, passionate environment journalists and communicators who pitched up and managed to publish print, electronic and online successful stories, added Mkoka.
He said Malawi and her neighbouring countries like Mozambique and Zimbabwe are reeling from the devastating cyclone Idai which hit the two countries last month (April) where several people lost their lives, property and food.
AEJ expects the media to play an important role in raising awareness on various sectors of environment and development for the public to make informed decisions and better choices for their lives to remain steadfast and resilient in the changing environment.
Mkoka cited training and awards as catalysts in creating the drive in practitioners to make efforts of ensuring that environmental journalism thrives in the face of challenges.
The Association of Environmental Journalists in Malawi (AEJ) is a grouping of over 100 journalists from all media houses that include print, electronic and television formed in 2011.
Its main objectives are to raise the profile of science and environmental journalism in order for the public to make informed decisions for their lives and foster sustainable national development.
Source: MANA Online