The award committee of the Press Union of Liberia says this year award will be exclusively done by journalists who have practiced and with vast experience to make independent decisions as to who will be awarded.
Speaking on the Friday April 28, 2017 edition of the Capitol Breakfast Club, the Co-Chairman of the committee Jonathan Paye-Layleh said in the past, the public was involved into the award selection, most especially civil society organizations.
He said the advantageous part of having only media practitioners is that they will be able to determine the best among the rest in all of the categories.
According to him, if the public is involved, it will be done in their own interest, unlike when journalists who will be able to determine the best newscasters, columnists, among others,” he said.
He further disclosed that 15 awards will be given on June 2, 2017.
For her part, the Committee Chairperson Ade Wede Kekuleh noted that they will do proper vetting and make determination as to who wins a particular award.
She added that it will be done exclusively, without the involvement of the public, and it will be transparent such that when the winners are announced, the process would be convincing.
She said if the public is involved, there is a likelihood the results could be tempered with, owing to the fact, if the public is asked to call or text the name of the best journalists, there could be a room for fraud.
“People could just buy enough scratch cards and get some people around to just text their names or call to vote them, at the end, the award may be given to the wrong persons, and those who deserved may be victimized,” she averred.
Meanwhile, the Press Union of Liberia (PUL) has announced the extension of the timeline for the submission of entries for its 2017 Excellence Awards.
The change of date is triggered by the slow flow of entries for the Awards Event and to allow journalists in rural Liberia compete, said a PUL release.
Each annual awards program is intended to identify and honor the work of journalists and media institutions that perform with distinction during the last period.
In other to fulfill this significant aspect of Liberian Journalism’s Peer Review Regime, the 2017 PUL Awards Committee is urging all PUL members to submit their entries to the Secretariat of the Union on Clay Street.
The award is open to all PUL members and covers the areas of radio, television, newspaper and online.
Entries must be sealed up in an envelope properly addressed, indicating category, and dropped off at the PUL headquarters.
However, the Awards Committee is urging all media institutions to submit their Entry forms for the Institutional and the Journalist of the Year Awards to the Union.
The Awards will be presented for the best work in each category during the PUL Annual Awards Night on Friday, June 2, at an event in Monrovia, which is scheduled as part of the 2017 World Press Freedom Day commemoration.