Gambia Press Union (GPU) has on Friday night awarded Gambian journalists whose
stories they believed have impacted the lives of the Gambian people and the
society at large.
The winners for the selected stories were unveiled during the GPU’s 3rd National Journalism Award held the Djembeh Hotel.
The ceremony that gathered government officials, veteran journalists and media practitioners amongst others was meant to inspire and encourage Gambian journalists.
Speaking in an interview with this reporter, Dodou Bojang, vice chairman of the GPU Award Committee said: “It is important when people put some efforts in whatever development it is, that people stand out and thank them for the good work they have done for the society.”
He further mentioned that this is an applaud been given to the Gambian journalists who have done well last year, noting that they want to encourage excellent in journalism in the country and that this is one of the things they do to encourage journalists of this country.
Halimatou Ceesay of Teranga FM Radio, the winner for the Health and Medical Reporting of the year, expressed delights for the year, adding that this kind of things organised by GPU would help to encourage them in their work.
She said that this award means a lot to her as it would help to encourage her to do more in health reporting.
Mustapha K. Darboe, the winner for the Children’s Reporting and Feature Reporting of the year said that it is an honour to be honoured by the GPU, adding that journalism award don’t mean one is the best but rather, it serves as an encouragement to strive to be better. He said that to him, this award would be used as a challenge to do more and better.
The winners of various reporting categories are: Ebrima Baldeh of GRTS, and also the winner for Political Reporting Award; Kebba Jeffang of Foroyaa, and winner for Business Reporting; Isatou Jatta of GRTS and winner for Environment Reporting; Oumie Njie of GRTS and winner for Women’s Reporting; Mustapha Darboe, the winner for both Children’s Reporting and Feature Reporting; Modou S. Joof of North Bank Evening Standard and winner for Agriculture Reporting; Halimatou Ceesay of Teranga FM, winner for Health and Medical Reporting; Omar Jarju of West Coast Radio, winner for Sports Reporting and Isatou Keita of GRTS, winner for Human Rights Reporting.