Sports Journo Awards Kick Off

Dubbed “the Oscars of sports journalism”, the SAB Sports Journalists of the Year Awards have over the past 27 years established itself as the most prestigious awards for journalists covering developments in the world of sport.

2006 Radio Sports Journalist of the Year winner, SAfm's Helen Mittwoch with SAB limited's Managing Director Tony van Kralingen, and Communications Manager Michael Farr.  Picture: Peter Morey Photographic 

Submission of entries for the prestigious SAB Sports Journalists of the Year Awards have opened on March 1.

The 2006 awards are for work produced between 1 January 2006 and 31 December 2006. The various categories make it possible for journalists from a variety of media to enter.

Categories include Print and Internet, Radio and Television (comprising 10 sub-categories) as well as overall Newcomer of the Year and Most Media-Friendly Sports Personality of the Year which is nominated by the sports media.

Category winners receive R15 000 each and sub category winners R3 000 each.

All individuals are invited to submit their work or nominate others’ work, including editors, managers, colleagues and the panel of judges themselves. For the first time, a number of scouts have been appointed to submit work they think worthy.

Explains SAB communications manager Michael Farr:  “We introduced this new scheme as some of the regions felt that they were at a disadvantage to the major media houses. We feel that this will go a long way to addressing these concerns. We are looking forward to a record number of entries this year with the support of the regional scouts”.

Convened by Joe Latakgomo, the judging panel for this year’s print and internet awards include Paula Fray, Bokkie Gerber (Rapport), Guy Hawthorne (Supersport), Gert Kotze and Bronwyn Wilkinson.

Jan Snyman will convene the panel for broadcast media, with a line-up of judges including Joe Visagie (SABC Sport), Dan Retief (Supersport Zone), Arthur Molisiwa (The Star), Robin Kempthorne and Dan Setshedi.

“The judges are guided in their judging by three main criteria: integrity, overall quality and impact, as well as tailoring the writing or broadcasting for a particular target audience and balance,” says Farr.

“In addition to this, elements like style, factual accuracy, originality, fairness and regular exposure will have a significant impact on determining the final winners.”

The awards dinner will take place in Johannesburg on Thursday May 10, 2007. For more information about the awards, and to download an entry form, go to the SAB Limited website. Entries close on March 30, 2007.

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