dameplagueThis year’s edition of the Diamond Awards for Media Excellence (DAME) will hold on Friday, December 14 at the Lagos Sheraton Hotel, Ikeja.

The trustees in a statement said print journalists and broadcasters who have distinguished themselves in various fields of journalism practice will be honoured with trophies, certificates and cash gift at a three hour dinner. The statement added that prizes will be given in such categories as Informed Commentary, Newspaper the Year, Editor of the Year, Television Reporting, Radio Reporting, Radio Presenting, Television Documentary, Editorial Writing, and the reporting categories of sports, politics, agriculture, development, and the judiciary.

Ahead of the presentation, DAME has given a breakdown of the list of the nominees for the award. The breakdown shows the Punch and National Miror are nominated in five categories; the Nation and Tell, three, and Newswatch, two. In broadcasting, FRCN has three nominations; AIT, Anambra Broadcasting and Anambra Television, two each.

First held in 1992 to reward excellence, talent, enterprise and creativity, this 21st consecutive edition makes DAME, Africa’s most consistent media award.

It is a private initiative that operates from the premise that the media as keepers of public conscience and morality need to be encouraged to tread the path of responsibility for the good health of society.

To date, 415 names have been inducted into the DAME Hall of FAME. The annual DAME presentation provides a state of the media assessment and serves as a useful forum for leading names in the media to interact with thought leaders in various spheres of endeavour. Its verdicts enjoy industry-wide respect.

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