Entries are judged by an independent jury drawn from well-seasoned media experts and academics in Zambia who have previously held positions of high esteem in their career.
The right to withhold award prizes is reserved if the judges consider that no entry in a specific category merits a winner.
The names of the jury members will be released after the media awards ceremony at the gala dinner.
Content: In assessing the content, judges take into account their accuracy, context and the background as well as attribution and multi-sourcing (i.e. the use of a wide range of information sources to validate the substance of the report. This section is graded out of 20 marks.
Language and style: Judges will assess a report’s linguistic organisation and coherence as well as the ability to translate jargon into lay terms that are easily understood by the general public.
Quality of sound and picture: Judges will look at the quality and use of sound as well as the quality and range of shots used in the pictures (either motion or still).