Countrywise Communication opens nominations for Harmattan Awards

Wa- Countrywise Communication has announced the opening of nominations for entry into its 2018 Harmattan Awards for development journalists working in Northern Ghana starting 5th November 2018 and closing on 7th January 2019.

The awards target professionals who are very passionate about reporting on the challenges and prospects that exist in the field of agriculture in Northern Ghana – Upper West, Upper East and Northern regions.

Prospective nominee journalists must show proof of working in the profession and ready to submit three stories published between 1st November 2017 and 15 October 2018.

This is the second time journalists in the northern savannah belt are going to have the Harmattan Awards after it was first launched in 2017 to honour hardworking and motivated development journalists.

I am thrilled that today we will be talking about the second edition of the Harmattan Awards for development, Countrywise Communication Executive Director Mr Raymond Vuol told journalists Friday.

He described the concept which was unveiled a year ago as having become a reality after successfully organising the maiden edition in February 2018.

Mr Vuol said: The Harmattan awards for development is a tool to help refocus the energies of hardworking journalists for the benefit of the agric sector and particularly poor farmers in northern Ghana.

The scheme covers four categories, namely Radio, Television, Print -Traditional and online news portal – and Local Language (Radio).

The entries must be original pieces published or broadcast in english/local language and show creativity – use of relevant interviews and examples to illustrate the issues – as well as contain variety of voices or quotes.

The content must also show quality of language -engaging writing or radio or TV style, accurate spelling and grammar etc. -, and must be relevant to the time in which it was published.

The stories should also border on any aspect of agriculture and its value chain including production, mechanisation, value addition, market linkage among others.

According to the organisers successful candidates would be judged by an esteemed panel of three industry leaders and experts.

The judging involving two stages including pre-scoring to determine shortlists and a judging meeting where entries are discussed and evaluated in detail to decide the winning entries.

Journalists in the print media are enjoined to submit their entries in a pdf format while radio and television entries could be submitted as audio/audio visuals on CDs/DVDs in mp3/mp4 formats.

But entries for local language ought to be translated into English and hard or soft copy submitted.

Entries including names and full contact details are to be submitted by email to: while hard copies are to be submitted through: Countrywise Communication, C/O St. Peter and Paul Parish, P. O. Box ER 119 Education Ridge- Tamale.

The print category has entry word limit pegged at 1,200 maximum and five minutes for radio and TV categories.

Mr Stephen Mwinkaara, Chief Executive Officer of Nuoyong Business Empire, told the journalists not to allow their location, or working in deprived areas pose any limitation to them.

We are the best people to tell our stories from our own perspectives and we need to project our talents, he added.

Source: Ghana News Agency