Nigerian Breweries Plc has announced plans for the 7th edition of its Golden Pen Awards. The company made the announcement today at a press briefing held at the company’s headquarters in Lagos.
Informing the media of the plans for the 7th edition of the award, the company’s Corporate Affairs Adviser, Kufre Ekanem said this year’s award would retain the same mechanisms used last year where journalists and media houses are expected to send in entries based on selected themes to encourage media focus on critical sectors of the Nigerian economy. Mr. Ekanem said that Education, Youth Empowerment and Talent Development have been chosen as the focus areas for this year’s award and journalists and their media houses can send in reports covering this subject area published between January 1 and December 31 2014. According to the Corporate Affairs Adviser, collection of entries for this year’s award will commence today, Tuesday, July 28, 2015 and close on Friday, September 21, 2015. All entries are to be sent to the independent coordinating agency, Mediacraft Associates via firstname.lastname@example.org or at its corporate office, at 7 Okunola Aina Street, Mende, Maryland, Lagos. Mediacraft Associates will collate all entries submitted for assessment by a jury. The jury will analyse the reports and photographs for their Originality, News Value, Use of Resources, Credibility and factuality. Other areas of interest would include Info-graphics, Lay out/Headline, Clarity and Social impact.
Speaking further, the Corporate Affairs Adviser detailed the categories of the award and the prizes to be won to include: The Nigerian Breweries Golden Pen Reporter of the Year (Special statuette + N1, 000, 000.00); first runner up for the Nigerian Breweries Golden Pen Reporter of the Year (Special statuette + N300, 000.00) and second runner up for the Nigerian Breweries Golden Pen Reporter of the Year (Special statuette + N200, 000.00). Others are: The Golden Pen Nigerian Breweries Report of the Year (Special statuette + N500, 000.00); The Nigerian Breweries Golden Pen Photojournalist of the Year (Special statuette + N300, 000.00); first runner up for the Nigerian Breweries Photojournalist of the Year (Special statuette + N250, 000.00) and second runner up for the Nigerian Breweries Photojournalist of the Year (Special statuette + N200, 000.00). Winners will be announced and awarded their prizes at the 7th Nigerian Breweries Golden Pen Award ceremony in October 2015.
The Nigerian Breweries Golden Pen Award was inaugurated in 2008 to celebrate Nigerian journalists and to promote professionalism and objective reportage of events in corporate Nigeria. It is also meant to reward journalists who abide by the fine ethics of the profession.