The Council runs the Annual Journalism Excellence Awards [AJEA] in May each year . The main objectives of the awards are: to recognise and award excellence in journalism, encourage professionalism in the practices of journalism as provided for by the Code of Conduct for the Practice of Journalism in Kenya and to encourage Development Journalism in Kenya in respect to Vision 2030.
The journalism awards is an important tool of encouraging journalists to excel and to adopt a professional style that is acutely conscious of its role as an agent of change and development in the country.
The Media Council of Kenya will hold its 5th Media Awards on 3rd May 2016
The Media Council of Kenya is an independent national institution established by the Media Council Act No. 20 of 2013 for purposes of setting of media standards and ensuring compliance with those standards as set out in Article 34 (5) of the Constitution.
The Council executes this mandate through monitoring broadcast and print media to ensure adherence to the Code of Conduct for the Practice of Journalism in Kenya, conducting professional trainings for journalists, advising the Government on media related policy issues, safety and protection of journalists and arbitration of media-related disputes among others.
The Media Council of Kenya will hold its Fifth Annual Journalism Excellence Awards (AJEA) in May 2016 to coincide with the World Press Freedom Day. The awards ceremony is an annual event organised by the Council to recognise and uphold excellence and professionalism in the media industry in Kenya.
Objectives of the Media Awards
- Identify, acknowledge, inspire, support and promote media excellence in Kenya;
- Recognise and acknowledge media practitioners who have demonstrated high standards in their works;
- Motivate media practitioners to uphold standards of excellence in the profession;
- Motivate aspiring journalists on the standards to embrace in pursuit of their career;
- Challenge journalists to achieve the highest standards of ethics in the profession and practice of journalism;
- Inspire journalists towards contributing significantly to the media profession;
- Create awareness and publicise the work of the Media Council of Kenya and its partners.
Justification for the Media Awards
The Media Council of Kenya as the custodian of setting professional and ethical standards in the country seeks to create a forum through which these standards are recognised, appreciated and promoted.
Kenyans want a professionally run media that promotes, respects and adheres to the fundamental principles and global standards of journalism. They yearn for a media that promotes professional behavior and respect the Code of Conduct as is entrenched in the laws of Kenya.
This year AJEA will be recognising journalists in various media platforms; print, radio, television and online. The categories are: ICT and Telecommunications, Children and Youth Affairs, Sports, Tourism, Arts and Culture, Photojournalist of the Year, Cartoonist of the Year, Business, Good Governance, Cameraperson of the Year, Health Reporting, Free Press Kenya, Television and News Bulletin, Young Journalist of the Year, Journalist of the Year, Gender Reporting Award and the Environment Reporting Award.