The Media High Council (MHC) on Thursday gave away excellence awards to journalists who performed well in various fields. The prizes include laptops, digital cameras and recorders. Among the winners was Eric Didier Karinganire of The Rwanda Focus, who received the Chairman’s Award for business reporting.
Emmanuel Mugisha, the executive secretary of the MHC, said that they initiated the competition in order to encourage special content development. “We want to encourage journalists to embrace specialized reporting,” he said.
He added that the aim is to help local journalists impose themselves in different news beats as it is done in other countries. “We want to have our local stars in the media industry as we have them in football or music,” he pointed out.
Etienne Gatanazi, the overall winner who works with TV Rwanda, thanked the MHC for their recognition on the very hard work of journalists — a profession which can sometimes be risky. He remarked that specialized reporting development can’t be attained unless journalists get continuous training, so a lot is still needed before local journalists could become stars in different domains.
Gatanazi also noted that local journalists need a favorable environment to work in, most notably improved living standards, so that they can be able to perform even beyond expectations.
Faith Mbabazi, who works at Orinfor and is board member of the MHC, commended the winning journalists for their influential role in serving the public and urged all journalists in general to strive for excellence. “Let’s strive for excellence by upholding our dignity as professional journalists,” Mbabazi urged journalists. “Let’s take this occasion as a starting point of winning the public trust.”