Rwanda media awards best journalists 2013
Rwanda national media dialogue ended yesterday with a climax of media awards to best journalists receiving lucrative awards in the 2013 development journalism award, held at Serena hotel on Thursday 12th December 2013
The awards were in the categories of News coverage awards, Investigative journalism award, Talk show of the year award, News feature magazine and documentary award, Achievement award, and Journalist of the year award.
Rwanda’s daily English paper- The New Times dominated the awards scooping at least three prizes in the various categories. New Times reporters- Edwin Musoni was 2nd runners up walking away with Rwf800,000 for news coverage award.
Fred Muvunyi of Izuba- a sister paper of the New times, was the 2nd runners up Investigative journalist of the year and 2nd runner-up News feature magazine. The documentary award was taken by Doreen Umutesi also of the New Times Rwanda.
Other awards went to Private Rutazibwa, who got a lifetime achievement award for his career in more than seven years working as an editor, journalist trainer and served as chairman of the Media High Council and owning a media outlet- Rwanda News Agency
Overall journalist of the year was Marie Louise Uwizeye, owner of Intego newspaper, who was full of smiles after being announced the winner of Rwf4million. Judges said she was worthy the reward after making an over 10 year’s journey as one of the few female journalists in the Rwandan media which is dominated by men.
On the other side was Emanuel Munyarukumbuzi of TV Rwanda who snatched two big bounty prizes in two categories- as the winner of the talk show of the year getting Rwf3.8m and also 1st runner-up in the News feature magazine and documentary category walking away with Rwf1.3million.
The Minister for Youth and ICT, Jean Philbert Nsengimana, who was also guest of honor, said that the competiveness in the media awards indicates a growing media, a good sign after the media law reforms.
He said that this should be a means to an end instead of an end itself, and encouraged journalist to showcase their potential in the next years.
The UN resident representative, Lamin Manneh, who also sponsored the 5th national dialogue and awards, promised continued support for the media in Rwanda since it has showed a level of media freedom and practice after the media reforms.