According to the company, a total of 267 entries were received when submission closed for the award which focuses on published reports on Education, Youth Empowerment and Talent Development in 2015. The ceremony which is the 8th in the series will celebrate and reward journalists who submitted outstanding reports in these subject areas.
According to Kufre Ekanem, the award which is in three categories will reward ‘The NB Golden Pen Reporter of the Year’ with a special statuette and N1, 000, 000.00, (One million Naira), the ‘First runner-up in the NB Golden Pen Reporter of the Year’ category will get a Special statuette and N300, 000.00, while the ‘Second runner-up NB Golden Pen Reporter of the Year’ will get a Special statuette and N200, 000.00.
‘The NB Golden Pen Photojournalist of the Year’ will get a Special statuette and N500, 000.00; the ‘First runner-up NB Photojournalist of the Year’ will get a Special statuette and N250, 000.0, while the ‘Second-runner up NB Photojournalist of the Year’ will get a Special statuette and N200, 000.00. A Special statuette and N500, 000.00 will be awarded for the ‘NB Report of the year’. Winning journalists will also get high-end mobile devices as part of the reward package.
Mr. Ekanem added that the award criteria of quality, professionalism and objectivity remain the filters upon which entries are shortlisted for the award, as decided by the independent judging panel. He added that other set criteria used by the panel to analyse the reports and photographs are originality, news value, use of resources, credibility, factuality, Info-graphics, lay out/headline, clarity and social impact.
Nigerian Breweries Plc inaugurated the Golden Pen Awards to promote professional and objective reportage of events in Nigeria. Since its inception, it has produced seven winners in the Journalist of the year category and several others in the Photo Journalist of the year category.