‘GMSA’ Excellence Awards has awarded Crystal Galaxy College and 30 other media professionals for their contribution in media development
About 30 media students, institutions and personalities have received awards for their contributions in the media landscape with Crystal Galaxy College winning the ultimate awards at the just ended Ghana Media Students Awards (GMSA) held in Accra on Saturday.
The awards among others was to honour young journalists, media students and schools for their practical training and also to motivate the young journalists to work harder in fishing out information.
The ceremony was graced by Actress, Habiba Sinare, Rosemond Alade Brown popularly known as Akuapem Poloo, Anthony Woode, Media School lecturers, board members and management of state and private organisations, among other high profile personalities.
The event saw the presentation of special awards and citation to some individuals and organisations including Spot On News, Urstruly Praize, Shine Me Gh, for their exceptional reportage especially during the COVID-19 season and for championing the event in their publication.
There were 23 categories including best writer, best student blogger, best news anchor, Practical Media school among others.
Speaking at the maiden edition of GMSA, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the awards scheme, Raymond Kombat challenged journalists to continue to discharge their duties without fear or favour to positively impact the society.
He touted the media’s contribution to the attainment of the country’s independence and strengthening democracy through the dissemination of divergent views and provision of feedback over the years.
Mr Kombat noted however that media independence was under attack and called on the media fraternity to work together to find ways of addressing them to ensure total freedom and independence of the media and journalists in the country.
Ms Sinare, hostess of the programme called on young Journalists to embrace objectivity and accuracy in their reportage.
She said lecturers and managements of media schools have to hammer ethics of the profession, unearth talents of the media students and also centre their training on practicals rather than theory.
That, Ms Sinare indicated would give the students practical know-how to help in the development of the media work.
She promised the organiser’s support to help inspire young journalists in pursuing excellence while propelling the development of the country.
Delivering their acceptance speech, Lecturers and managements of Crystal Galaxy College which won the Practical Media School expressed gratitude to the organisers of the awards.
They promised to build the career part of talented media students and help them to embrace ethics of the profession.
They dedicated the award to students, schools and individuals who championed media freedom in the country even at the expense of their lives and called on journalists to continue to uphold the ethics and standards of the profession.
BY JOYCELINE NATALLY CUDJOE