The Institute of Financial and Economic Journalists, (IFEJ), has launched the Second Edition of the IFEJ Flamingo Awards for Business and Financial Journalism .
The award scheme forms part of measures by the institute to award excellence in the business reportage.
Speaking at the launch of the awards under the theme, “Protecting the National Purse”,, Former Chair of the Public Accounts Committee, Albert Kan Dapaah stressed on the need for the media to play an extraordinary role in ensuring accountability in the country
President of the IFEJ, Lloyd Evans on his part bemoaned the current state of financial reporting which he said has been inundated with public relations materials instead of analytical and well researched articles.
This Year’s Awards is being supported by ABL, World Bank, Enterprise Insurance and GIZ. Enterprise Insurance is also supporting with a GHC 15,000 cedi package and a trip to South Africa
Chair of Jury of the 2015 IFEJ-Flamingo Awards for Economic and Financial Journalism, Mrs Philomena Johnson, said the Awards would encourage all journalists to bring out quality reports on issues to bring changes into the society.
She asked journalists to see the sky as the limit and work in the best of their ability to skill their feature stories put in public domain.
The Categories are,
Best FINANCE feature or news story,
Best business feature or news story,
Best information and communication technology, feature or news story,
Best extractive feature or news story
Best agribusiness feature or news story.
An Entry could also be submitted into categories of best tourism feature or news story,
Best development feature or news story,
Best rural banking and microfinance or savings and loans,
Best business of health feature or news story overall business and financial journalist which is the ultimate award.
The overall best award, according to Mr Lloyd Evans, would be given to the applicant who won the development award, and any other category.
Applications can be submitted at the Press Center before August 7 2015.
By: Lorrencia Nkrumah/citifmonline.com/Ghana