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Daily Express’ Yaw Sarpong short-listed for IFEJ-Flamingo awards

By: Mathias Amoah with additional file from IfejNews

Daily Express Business Reporter, Mr Fred Yaw Sarpong has been short-listed for first edition of the IFEJ-Flamingo Awards.

The jury for the first edition of the IFEJ-Flamingo Awards for Business and Financial journalism has short-listed five financial journalists for various categories of awards.

Yaw Sarpong is among the five nominees short-listed for the awards. The other nominees are Charles Benoni Okine and Samuel Doe Ablordeppey both from the Graphic Business, Felix Della Klutse of the Business Day and Edward Nyarko of Ghana Television (GTV).

Yaw Sarpong entered three categories of the awards. These are Business of Health, Rural Business and Business Finance.

Mrs Philomena Johnson, chair of the jury in her report said 29 entries with 38 stories were submitted for all the categories.

According to the jury most storylines left readers to guess the objective of the story while at the same time the stories were either not balanced or lack objectivity.

The report further stated that the language of some of the stories were too technical for the understanding of the ordinary reader.

Some stories, according to the report did not articulate main implications of the issues raised in the stories.

Research and investigations were not thorough as multiple sources were not covered to validate story line while at the same time most stories did not provide clear message for policy change.

Friday December 12, 2014 has been slated for the award ceremony with Mr Justice William Atuguba a Supreme Court Judge as the guest speaker. The theme for the Award is “Taking Business and Financial Journalism to higher level” and the venue for the event is the World Bank Office in Accra

The ceremony being organise by the Institute of Financial and Economic Journalists (IFEJ) is being held in partnership with the World Bank, Enterprise Life Insurance, adb Bank and GIZ/SECO.

The objective of the institute is to deepen the level of reportage in the area of business, economic and financial issues.

The awards are in 10 various categories – Finance (Finance, banking, capital and money markets, insurance etc), ICT, Extractives, Agribusiness, Tourism, Business, Developmental issues, Rural Banking/Micro finance and Micro Enterprise, Business of Health and Best News story.

The ultimate award is the Best Business and Financial Journalist of the year which will go to the participant who wins the Best Finance in addition to any of the two categories listed above.

Mr Lloyd Evans President of the Institute said “Our principal objective is to match or overtake the level of the financial journalism in Southern and Eastern Africa and to also build the capacity of Ghanaian journalists to win international awards”.


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