MISA Zambia Media Awards 2021

MISA Zambia Media Awards 2021


MISA Zambia is calling for entries for this year’s awards gala which are open effective 31st July 2020 and close on 4th September 2020.

Award Explanation
1.       Platinum Award

(formerly Media Freedom Award)

This is the highest award given by MISA Zambia and is awarded to individuals, institutions, journalists and media houses for their exceptional efforts towards promoting media freedom and freedom of expression in Zambia; including the right of access to information. It is not open for entries.
2.       Golden TV Award


This award recognizes the most outstanding journalist in Television or the best television station
3.       Golden Radio Award


This award recognizes the most outstanding journalist in Radio or the most outstanding radio station
4.       Golden Community Media Award


This award recognizes the most outstanding journalist in community media or the most outstanding community media institution
5.       Golden Online Media Award


This award recognizes the most outstanding journalist in online media or the best online media institution
6.       Golden Print Media Award


This award recognizes the most outstanding journalist in print media or the best print media house

Please take note that the Platinum Award (the Media Freedom Award) does not require anyone to submit entries as MISA identifies and awards the deserving winner as has been the practice.

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Award Explanation
Best reporting in ending Child Marriage


This award recognizes the most outstanding Journalist in Television, Radio and Print media that champion gender Equity and Equality in their reporting. It seeks to promote the positive portrayal of women in the media, to sensitise society with an objective of discouraging cultural norms, traditions that promote child marriages. The award further recognizes media reporting that promotes the retention of the girl child in the school system and advocacy for legal and policy reform in various sectors to encourage girl child education.
Best Reporting Child Rights


This award recognizes the most outstanding journalists in Broadcast and Print Media around Child Rights Governance. This to a large extent should include media reports on effective participation of children in governance processes for the realization of children’s rights to Health, Education and Protection in Zambia.
Best Responsible Alcohol Consumption This award recognizes the most outstanding print journalist committed to writing articles on smart drinking. Smart drinking is about responsible drinking. It is about drinking with moderation and not letting alcohol run your life or your relationships. It is about curbing underage drinking, binge drinking and illicit alcohol consumption.
Best Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) Media House Award This award recognizes the most outstanding media house in Print, Television and Radio in Antimicrobial Resistance reporting. Antimicrobial resistance occurs when microorganisms such as bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites change in ways that render the medications used to cure the infections they cause ineffective. Antimicrobial resistance occurs naturally but is facilitated by the inappropriate use of medicines, for example using antibiotics for viral infections such as cold or flu, or sharing antibiotics. Low-quality medicines, wrong prescriptions and poor infection prevention and control also encourage the development and spread of drug resistance. Inadequate national policies and commitment to address these issues, poor surveillance and a diminishing arsenal of tools to diagnose, treat and prevent also hinder the control of antimicrobial drug resistance
Best AMR Media Journalist Award.


This will include journalists from Print, Television, Radio media. For explanation please refer to Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) above.
AMR Media Champion Award


This award recognizes the most outstanding journalist in either Television, Radio and Print. For explanation please refer to Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) above.
Best Public Health Reporting  Award This award recognizes the most outstanding journalist in public health related issues.

Awards Objectives

  1. To promote media excellence among journalists in the country,
  2. To promote professional journalism,
  • To promote Freedom of Expression and positive media policy development,
  1. To enhance creativity in the media,
  2. To promote academic media excellence,
  3. To recognize individuals and institutions that have performed exceptionally well in their duty to inform, entertain and educate the public or have done something substantial to promote media freedom, access to information on socio-economic issues in Zambia including promotion of democracy and good governance

 Who can enter for the Awards?

Journalists or media houses in the below categories:

  1. Commercial Radio
  2. Community Radio
  • Public and Private Television
  1. Print Media
  2. Online Media

How to enter for the awards

Organisations or individuals may submit entries, by filling in the form prescribed by MISA Zambia. It is attached to this call for entries. Entrants may appoint a proxy to make a submission on their behalf provided that such an entry has been approved by the person who authored the work being submitted. The entrant authorising a proxy shall show proof of such an instruction. The proxy shall be obliged to make a submission in the name of the person appointing them. Each person or institution may make a maximum of only three different entries across the awards.

Entry Requirements

The entries should cover the period 29th September 2019 to 4th September 2020.

Submit a copy of the article/program from the categories above and should elaborate how this article/programme made a difference in Zambia.

 What will the Judges Be Looking for?

  1. Analytical reporting
  2. Use of facts in the reporting
  • What type of effect/impact the reporting had?
  1. Did it trigger discussion or debate?
  2. Did it result in policy action or improvement in service?
  3. Should exhibit Independence, Impartiality, Coherence, Simplicity, Clarity, and Plot
  • Should be Ethically sound article/programme
  • Coherence, simplicity, clarity, and plot

 Award Submission Rules

Judges will only consider an entry that is accompanied by the entry form and formats outlined below, so great care must be taken in the preparation of entries.

  • Entrants should show proof of publication of their submissions by including press cuttings (photocopy) recorded radio or video programme including confirmation from supervisor of the entry having been published.
  • Every entry (print, video and audio included) must have a 100-word opening statement describing why the entry should be deemed worthy of an award. This can be written on the form attached as Appendix I.
  • Entries should clearly be marked as to which category is being entered for and the name as well as organization / media platform it was published in/on. This should be accompanied by a brief profile of the individual or organization entering the award.
  • Audio and video submissions should be in a format widely and readily accessible format such as .mp3, .mp4 and .wma, among others.
  • For ease of submission and more details, prospective entrants can make use of our online portal http://zambia.misa.org/awards/online-submission

Supporting Materials

  • Press cuttings / Jpegs which must be A4 in size.
  • Slide Show Images: Please include videos and images that in some way represent your entry. This shall not be used for the judging process but may be used in a slide show presentation at the Awards ceremony to educate the audience on the entries put forward.
  • Entry Submission Deadline is 4th September, 2020 by which date MISA must receive your entries by 16 00hours.
  • Any entry received beyond that date and time will not be considered. Deadline is strict and not negotiable!


  • Entries will be judged by an independent body of adjudicators from the industry and academia.
  • The adjudicators’ verdict in each category shall be final.
  • A custom designed MISA Zambia trophy/plaque will be presented to all winners accompanied by monetary compensation or as agreed by the sponsor of the award.

The MISA Zambia Platinum and Gold Media Awards will be presented and held on 25th September 2020.

Please send entry or enquiries to:

Email: assistantpoiro@misazambia.org.uk

Physical address

Plot 3814, Martin Mwamba Road, Olympia Park, Lusaka, Zambia (Adjacent to Monte-Carlo Casino-Opposite the Lusaka Show grounds)

Postal address: P.O. Box 32295, Lusaka, Zambia

For Further information, Call: Assistant Programme Officer – Margaret Kabuswe 0975879636

Important note:

The judges’ decision shall be final. By accepting to enter for these Awards, the nominee has accepted the rules and conditions of the Award without any reservations.


MISA Zambia is a membership driven organization that was established in 1996, as a national chapter of a regional non-governmental organisation (NGO), MISA. The mandate of MISA Zambia is to promote a sustainable, non-partisan, independent, plural and diverse media that informs and empowers society, promotes democracy, good governance, freedom of expression and media freedom in an ethical, competent and professional manner. Further, it is within the remit of the organization to promote freedom of expression and access to information by the media and the general public.

In line with the foregoing objectives the National Governing Council (NGC) of MISA Zambia in 2019 made changes to the format and calendar for the media awards ceremony. These changes have come as a result of the first ever Media Awards Policy which MISA has ever produced and will; going forward, be a guide as to how such awards will be conducted.

As a result of this Media Awards Policy, the number of media awards has been reduced to ONLY SIX (6), that is, those purely sponsored by MISA, while organizations are at liberty to sponsor any other awards as shall be prescribed; provided that such will meet the conditions stipulated in the new Media Awards Policy.

MISA further renamed some awards by additional terms such as Platinum Award, which is the Media Freedom Award, and the other category of Golden Awards. These changes, particularly the reduction in number of awards have been made to improve competitiveness, quality and value of the awards. It is a paradigm shift from an apparent quantity that has been characteristic of MISA Awards in the past.

More importantly too, the changes are meant to ensure that Journalists or prospective entrants undertake quality work and input to avoid rushed-in submissions merely driven by monetary motive. The changes to the calendar are also in line with some important United Nations Calendar Events in September such as the International Day of Democracy on 15th September, and the Access to Information (ATI) day on 28th September, both of which resonate well with the principles and objectives of MISA.  Consequently, the calendar for media awards has also been moved from April, to a Friday between 15th and 28th September every year. Therefore, this year, the awards gala will be held on 25th September 2020.

Appendix I

MISA Zambia Platinum and Golden Media Awards

Entry Form


 Name of Entrant/ Nominee:———————————————————————————

 Name of Award Category:———————————————————————————–

 Title/Description of the Story:————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————-

 Confirmation of publication

 Name of Supervisor[1]:—————————————————————————————–

 Date of publication:——————————————————————————————-

 Signature:————————————-     Date:——————————————————–

 Justification for why the entry should be considered to win the award


 I certify that the information provided above is correct to the best of my knowledge.

 Name of Entrant/ Nominee:———————————————————————————


 Name of Third party where applicable[2]:——————————————————————

 Signature:————————————-  Date:———————————————————-

[1] Where it is proved beyond reasonable doubt that the supervisor is uncooperative to confirm the publication of the story, MISA Zambia shall proceed to consider the entry minus the confirmation.

[2] Is a person who makes a submission on behalf of another person or organisation.