FAIR members scoop South African Newspaper Journalism Awards

FAIR members  Stefan Hofstatter, Mzilikazi wa Afrika and Rob Rose, based at Sunday Times investigations, walked away with three awards for ‘Shoot to Kill: Inside a South African Police Death Squad’.The Standard Bank Sikuvile Newspaper Journalism Awards were held on Tuesday at Randlords in Johannesburg.

Good stories were easy to find this year according to the judges of the Standard Bank Sikuvile Newspaper Journalism Awards. This year’s award winners were recognised for “telling their stories well”.

Sunday Times team Stefan Hofstatter, Mzilikazi wa Afrika and Rob Rose walked away with three awards for ‘Shoot to Kill: Inside a South African Police Death Squad’, including story of the year. Read the winning entry here

The judges said of the stoy:  “In a year of major stories – the e-toll saga, COP 17, political intrigue – the media challenge was not finding a story but telling that story well. The South African story remains varied and our challenge remains how to reflect the nuances of our society…Not only is “Shoot to kill: Inside a South African police death squad” a fine example of investigative journalism achieved under difficult circumstances but also reveals societies underlying challenges and its silent heroes.”

Paula Fray, convener of the panel of judges, said, “The trio has always delivered high quality work despite working in often dangerous conditions – thus, they all won journalists of the year too”.

Their third award was for investigative journalism.

Angelique Serrao of The Star received the award for hard news for her series of front-page leads on the ‘Gauteng tollroads’.

Rapport’s Hanlie Retief won the award for feature writing for her story about the Sunday rapist’s wife, ‘Melanie Steyn, My man di Sondag – verkragter’.

The judges said of the story: “Retief offers a very rare incite into the Sunday Rapist through the eyes of his wife. Retief takes an unfolding news story and approaches it from a unique angle, she allows the rapist’s spouse to speak, to sketch the normal backdrop to his heinous double life. She fills in big gaps in the public imagining of a man whose crimes captured a country. She does so without sensationalism or sentimentality. She hones her story with narrative skill and a command of her language”.

The rest of the winner were:

Analysis, commentary and background – Mia Malan, Mail & Guardian, ‘Abduction’
Enterprise news – Yolande Stander, Weekend Post, ‘Death over the counter’
Creative journalism – Tanya Pampalone, Mail & Guardian, ‘Confessions of a Walmart shopper”
Editorial Cartoons – Jonathan Shapiro, Mail & Guardian, ‘Mac Maharaj side-order’
Graphic journalism – Jaco Grobbelaar, City Press & Rapport, ‘South African’s global arms exports’
Popular Journalism – Warda Salvester, Daily Voice, ‘Little hands do devils’ work’
News Photographs – Simphiwe Nkwali, Sunday Times, ‘Crawling’
Feature photographs – Anton de Ras, The Star, ‘The long road home’
Sports photographs – Matthew Jordaan, Cape Times, ‘Super Steyn’
Presentation (Layout and Design) – Rudi Louw, City Press, ‘2011 The good, the bad and the great’
Online Multimedia – Demelza Bush and Nickolaus Bauer, Mail & Guardian online, ‘Marching for Malema’

Former head of journalism at Rhodes University, Professor Guy Berger, was presented with the Allan Kirkland Soga Award for “his immeasurable contribution to the craft of journalism in this country and internationally”.

“Professor Berger has helped grow journalism in this country through his work as a reporter, an editor, a journalism teacher, an academic, a respected columnist and analyst and as a relentless media freedom activist,” said the judges.

Date: 29/08/2012

Source: Wits Journalism

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