Nigerian Breweries Plc has announced that its 6th Golden Pen Award ceremony has been rescheduled to hold on Thursday, July 3, 2014 at the Lantana Hall of the Eko Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos at 5pm. The ceremony was moved to Thursday July 3, 2014 from the earlier planned date of Monday, June 30, 2014 due to unforeseen circumstances.
The award will reward journalists who submitted outstanding reports on Education and Youth Empowerment in 2013. A total of 102 entries were received when submission closed for the award.
The award, which is the 6th in the series will reward ‘The NB Golden Pen Reporter of the Year’ with a special statuette and N1, 000, 000 (One million Naira), the ‘First runner up in the NB Golden Pen Reporter of the Year’ category with a Special statuette and N300, 000 while the ‘Second runner up NB Golden Pen Reporter of the Year’ will get a Special statuette and N200, 000. ‘The NB Golden Pen Photojournalist of the Year’ will get a Special statuette and N300, 000, the ‘First runner up NB Photojournalist of the Year’ will get a Special statuette and N250, 000, while the ‘Second runner up in the NB Photojournalist of the Year’ category will get a Special statuette and N200, 000. A Special statuette and N500, 000 will be awarded for the ‘NB Report of the year’. Some of the winning prizes also get ipads and Samsung galaxy tablets.
The company says that the award criteria of quality, professionalism and objectivity will remain the filters upon which entries will be shortlisted for the awards. The independent judging panel will analyze 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.
Nigerian Breweries Plc inaugurated the Golden Pen Awards to promote professional and objective reportage of events in Nigeria. Since its inception, it has produced six winners in the Journalist of the year category and three others in the Photo Journalist of the year category.