Harare News was delighted to receive the Best Print Media House for 2014 at the 17th annual Environmental Reporter Awards held in November.
Hosted by Environment Africa, Nyaradzo Funeral Services, Rainbow Tourism Group, and NetOne, the Awards recognise and promote excellence in environmental journalism in Zimbabwe. The media has a critical role to play in protecting the environment – not only by disseminating good information, but also by acting as watchdog to those whose activities might negatively impact the world we live in.
During remarks filled with her trademark passion, Environment Africa CEO, Charlene Hewat, pointed the finger at every Zimbabwean. “It starts with each of us. We live in the most beautiful country in the world and we have to protect our own environment,” she said. This is ingrained into the ethos of Harare News, and surely helped on the way to taking home the trophy.
According to the citation read out at the black tie event, Harare News took top honours because “the paper has consistently reported on and articulated environmental issues in a manner that has compelled local authorities and people to take action. These have ranged from littering, recycling, wetlands destruction, deforestation and alternative energy among others.”
General Manager Sara Davies expressed delight at the recognition saying, “Environmental and community concerns are inextricably linked. That our environmental coverage has been given this award is a great testimony of our aim to bring these issues to the fore. It also strengthens our resolve to bring environmental concerns to the attention of the whole of Harare.”
Harare News was not the only winner, with prizes such as journalist of the year (winning $2,000, a weekend getaway, and a trip to a regional conference) and photo of the year ($1,500), best feature writer, best print news reporter ($1,000 each) and best digital media house.
With the ongoing assault on our environment, there has never been a more important time for environmental journalism. Congratulations to all winners who are making an impact in this critical area.
Main photo: Sara Davies (second from left) receives the award from Environment Africa CEO, Charlene Hewat.
Results from the 2014 Environmental Reporter Awards: