NMG fetes award-winning reporters

AJEA winners

NMG’s Annual Journalism Excellence Awards winners from left: Dennis Okari, Bernardine Mutanu, Faustine Ngila, Cellestine Olilo, Paul Wafula and Dorothy Kweyu cut a cake at Nation Centre on MAy 27, 2012.

Photo credit: Diana Ngila | Nation Media Group

What you need to know:

  • Award-winning journalists were praised for their stellar performance despite challenges posed by Covid-19.
  • Online sub-editor, Beatrice Kangai, won the Journalist of the Year for her investigative story “Smuggled from Nairobi to Johannesburg”.

Nation Media Group, the largest independent media house in East and Central Africa, yesterday celebrated seven of its journalists who bagged prizes at the 2021 Annual Journalism Excellence Awards.

In a brief ceremony held at the Nation Centre, NMG’s Group CEO Stephen Gitagama lauded the team for rising above the challenges posed by Covid-19 to show that the media house remains synonymous to excellence in journalism.

Mr Gitagama termed the wins a clear demonstration that NMG is a “house of winners”, having recently bagged awards across its platforms locally and internationally.

“Our team has done well despite the circumstances. This is a clear indication that we are winners. These are signs of more good things to come as our business is on the recovery path,” he said.

Group Editorial Director Mutuma Mathiu noted that NMG is an award-winning team and a cut above the rest.

“To write a story is a big task, but to write an award-winning story is something else. This shows we are a good team,” he said.

“We are proud of all our journalists who went out of their way with zeal and commitment to showcase excellent journalism. This is a clear manifestation of NMG’s drive for performance,” said Ms Jane Muiruri, the firm’s Head of Human Resource.

Seven award winners

The seven stars include online sub-editor Beatrice Kangai, who won Journalist of the Year for her investigative story “Smuggled from Nairobi to Johannesburg”.

Daily Nation’s business editor and financial investigative reporter Paul Wafula won two awards for “Rotting from the deep: The tragedy that is Lake Victoria” and “Billions, bullets and bravado: The untold story of SportPesa”.

Healthy Nation reporter Bernardine Mutanu won the Covid-19 Reporting Award for “What cold season means for Covid-19” while Faustine Ngila bagged the ICT and Telecommunications Reporting Award for “Just a click away: Apps bring doctors to your home”.

My Network editor Cellestine Olilo’s sports story “From Iten to the world: A pursuit of cycling glory, success” won her the Sports Reporting Award. Dorothy Kweyu, Daily Nation’s consultant revise editor, won the Lifetime Achievement Award.

“We should all endeavour for excellence,” said Ms Kweyu, the first-ever woman winner of the Journalist of the Year Award in 1984.

NTV’s investigative editor and reporter Dennis Okari won the Health Reporting Award for his “Red alert” story on supermarkets injecting chemicals into meat to preserve it.

“We should strive to tell stories that affect mwananchi because they need us to stand with them more than ever,” she said Mr Okari.