Big wins at the 2016 Excellence in Journalism Awards Tanzania

May 12, 2017  |   accountability,capacity building,development,Frontpage,media,rural,tanzania,Uncategorized   |     |   Comments Off on Big wins at the 2016 Excellence in Journalism Awards Tanzania

What does excellence in journalism look like? For us at Tanzania Media Foundation (TMF) it looks like the commitment that our grantees often put in their work as journalists, to ensure that whatever stories they work

Salome Kitomari with TMF mentors Jenerali Ulimwengu and Kiondo Mshana. Salome won an award for the best investigative journalism story in the print media for work done during TMF’s 2016 fellowship.

on benefit ordinary Tanzanians and promote accountability. There are many reasons why it is challenging being a journalist in Tanzania, including but not limited to working in a society that is yet to really appreciate the role of the media in promoting accountability. TMF works to change this by, amongst other things, funding and supporting journalists in Tanzania to produce quality work by providing them with learning and mentorship. On Saturday 29 April, it was a privilege to see some of the journalists we supported in 2016 recognised for their work at the 2016 Excellence in Journalism Awards in Tanzania (EJAT), which are organised by the Media Council of Tanzania. Here is what some of them had to say thereafter about how TMF helped them achieve this milestone in their careers:

Irene Mwakalinga was one of TMF’s 2016 rural dispatch grantees.


The Award I received is a result of TMF learning and funds which enabled me to reach rural areas to cover my story. Under TMF’s mentorship programme, I acquired new skills such as writing a documentary script, video editing, various video shots, and narration. I also gained more experience on how to go about producing a documentary series. This is the first time I participated in the EJAT award and I thank God for this achievementIrene Mwakalinga, Iringa


Mwamini Andrea participated in TMF’s 2016 fellowship.


The story I got this award for was about the management of industrial waste water in Dar es Salaam; it was one of the stories I worked on under the 2016 TMF fellowship on Industialization, Infrustructure and Innovation. It is my third time to receive an EJAT award and the second time I have been awarded for work done with TMF support. TMF has added value to my journalism skills especially in the area of investigative and interview skills and on how to handle a story in a specific topic. The knowledge I acquired from TMF is the reason behind my great success – Mwamini Andrea, Dar es Salaam.



Nicolas Mac Ngaiza of Radio Kasibante was a TMF rural dispatch grantee in 2016.

I would like to express my gratitude to TMF for enabling me to continue doing well in the media and finally to win this award for the best radio programme in 2016 in the news and current affairs reporting category, which I had never won before though I applied several times. I have won this award through the documentary I prepared after TMF challenged all who benefited from it through the 2016 rural dispatch grant to show to what extent we have received awareness training given. My documentary was about the impact of the earthquake last year in Kagera region – Nicolas Ngaiza, Kagera



Editha Mayembe receives her award on award night, 29 April, 2017


The training and investigative journalism techniques I got from TMF trainers and mentors during the rural dispatch grant are what gave me the strength to produce the programme I later submitted for the EJAT competition. It was my first time; I never sent anything in before because I didn’t have any good quality work that could competeEditha Mayemba, Radio Tumaini Dar es Salaam.


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