By Michael Mhondoro
Journalists who scooped awards at the recently held 8th edition of the Mining Media Awards have praised the awards for giving them a platform to excel in their journalism career.
The winner of the Zimbabwe Consolidated Diamond Company sponsored Diamond Sector Best Reporter Award, Ishemunyoro Chingwere of the Herald, said he is honoured to receive the award and thanked Mejrkh Communications for hosting such a premier-event.
“I am extremely elated for the recognition which is also very special in that it’s probably my last media award having left the newsroom. But it’s important that I highlight that it is a culmination of Zimpapers’ team work.
“Above everything, I am delighted for having played a role in, not only informing the nation, but playing a part in journalism promoting economic advancement, which is synonymous with Zimpapers.
“Credit also goes to Mejrkh, the brains behind these awards, which provide a platform for the media and the mining sector to continue entrenching their relations.
“I also owe it to The Herald Editor, Mr Hatred Zenenga and Business Hub Editor, Mr Herbert Zharare for the guidance they provided,” he said.
“The pandemic has put many people to the test, and journalists are no exception. As a journalist I had the challenging task of gathering news as I felt really limited by this notion that we shouldn’t go out into the field. Generally speaking, nothing beats the in-person interview. I really found my reporting difficult during the pandemic, in that it exacerbated challenges that have long existed within our fraternity.
“On the other hand, the Covid-19 pandemic also helps as journalists are finding other ways to get creative with technology. For example, we realized that Zoom and other video chat tools are useful for more than interviewing sources,” he said.
Fungai Lupande of The Herald who won the Small Scale and Artisanal Miners Best Reporter Award sponsored by Golden Reefurged journalists to continue bringing to the fore the success stories and challenges faced by the community in an objective, factual and balanced manner.
“I feel greatly honoured to be selected as winner of the Small Scale and Artisanal Miners category. I want to thank the sponsors and organisers of the awards and my employer Zimpapers for creating a conducive working environment and support to reach out to marginalized communities.
“I urge journalists to continue bringing to the fore the success stories and challenges faced by the community in an objective, factual and balanced manner,” he said.
Eight category prizes were up for grabs in the 8th edition of the Mining Media Awards with the premier prize being the Overall Mining Sector Reporter of the Year Award which was sponsored by Unki and scooped by Tatenda Chitagu of The Standard.