Organisers of Promasidor Quill Awards, Promasidor Nigeria Limited, makers of Cowbell Milk, has released the names of the judges for the 2014 edition of the coveted journalism awards. The panel of judges comprising seasoned practitioners will appraise entries for the awards.
The list made available to the media by the company’s Head of Legal and Public Relations, Mr. Andrew Enahoro, includes distinguished professionals namely: Ambassador Patrick Dele Cole, a veteran journalist, who returns as chairman of the panel of judges; Professor Emevwo Biakolo, Dean of School of Media and Communication of the Pan Atlantic University (PAU); Kadaria Ahmed, former editor of 234 Next, Joseph Okonmah, Chairman, Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR), Lagos Chapter; and Reze Bonna, a renowned celebrity photographer and Architect.
Enahoro who said the selection of the panel was based on the high profile of the personalities which includes their experience and integrity. He also reiterated his company’s commitment to rewarding excellence and professionalism in journalism. He added that “Promasidor Quill Awards is committed to setting the pace on rewarding journalists based on merit for their work and not a self-seeking approach to get accolades, but a professional platform of assessment, recognition and reward for outstanding journalistic work,”.
He reminded would be contestants for the awards that each of the seven categories of the awards (Best Report on Nutrition, Best CSR & Industry Report of the Year, Education Reporter of the Year, Best Photo Story of the Year, Best Report on Children, Future Writer of the Year and Brand Advocate of the Year) seeks to reward excellent reportage about these issues as it concerns or affects society and industry. He added that eligibility for the awards has no bias regarding the content or the direction besides fulfilling the criteria for the awards.
“A media house must have published the entries within 1st April 2013 through to 30th April 2014. Our distinguished panel of judges to select the winners for the year 2013/14 will assess all entries,” he stated.
While commending the quality of most of the entries for the maiden edition, he noted and expressed disappointment over the practice of plagiarism in some of the entries, he said last year’s panel noticed some weak writing styles and lack of professional execution in some of the works entered last year. To this end, he said the organisers of the award have put together a panel of judges with vast experience and commitment to media excellence to ensure the standard of assessment is fair and picks the best material to win.
“Again, we encourage journalists to participate and send in their entries, to be professional and seek to execute their work within ethical standards in the industry. We would continue to improve on the Promasidor Quill Awards and its rewards for winners to ensure it becomes the best Media Awards in the country.”
As part of Promasidor Nigeria Limited’s Corporate Social Responsibility initiative, the company conceived and launched the Promasidor Quill Awards as a platform in Nigeria to empower and reward journalists for dedicated news reportage on Industry, Education, Corporate Social Responsibility Children, Future Writer & Nutrition issues as well as photography all year round. An annual event that fetes journalists to a celebration of excellence and societal recognition, The Promasidor Quill Awards brings more depth and rewards reporting excellence.
The Quill Awards was launched at the Promasidor Media Brand Academy in March, 2012 in Lagos. The commitment is to make it an annual project, possibly expanded as a continental CSR platform for Promasidor in future.
According to Enahoro, Promasidor Quill Awards is committed to setting the pace on rewarding journalists for outstanding journalistic work.
“We are committed to continue to grow the awards as a professional platform of assessment, recognition and reward for outstanding journalistic work. These awards seek to remind journalists of the importance of their role in society and to society, the need to encourage professionalism and appreciate outstanding work.”
The awards cover seven categories including Best Report on Nutrition, Best CSR & Industry Report of the Year, Education Reporter of the Year, Best Photo Story of the Year, Best Report on Children, Future Writer of the Year and Brand Advocate of the Year.
The 2014 edition of the awards is in tune with current technology trends. There is a new and improved website for the Quill awards (https://quillawards.promasidor-ng.com) to collect entries and keep journalists informed through interaction and social media integration through the years.