- 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.
- Golden TV Award
This award recognizes the most outstanding journalist in Television or the best television station
- Golden Radio Award
This award recognizes the most outstanding journalist in Radio or the most outstanding radio station
- Golden community media Award
This award recognizes the most outstanding journalist in community media or the most outstanding community media institution
- Golden online media Award
This award recognizes the most outstanding journalist in online media or the best online media institution
- Golden Print Media Award
This award recognizes the most outstanding journalist in print media or the best print media house
Sponsored Award Categories
Best Reporting Child Rights Governance
This award recognizes the most outstanding journalists in Radio, Television 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 Social Protection Reporting Award
Sponsored by PSPF : This award recognizes the most outstanding journalists in Radio, Television and Print Media in Social Protection Reporting. Social Protection refers to protective policies and instruments which enhance the capacity of poor and vulnerable people to escape from poverty and enable them to better manage risks and shocks.
Outstanding reporting on buy local campaign Award
Sponsored by BUYZED CAMPAIGN : This award recognizes the most outstanding journalists with creative pieces on buy local campaign in Print and Electronic Media. The pieces of work must be tailored in such a way that, it is provoking Zambians to choose locally produced goods over foreign goods. Furthermore, the award recognizes media report that highlights the benefits of buying locally produced goods which are well articulated in the article.
Best Reporting Gender Award
Sponsored by NGOCC : This award recognizes the most outstanding Journalist in Radio, Television and Print Media . The award seeks recognizes Journalists that champion gender Equity and Equality in their reporting, promote the positive portrayal of women in the media, and are helping in sensitizing society to discourage 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
AMR Media Champion Award
Sponsored by OTRIDAH KAPONA : This award recognizes the most outstanding journalist Either in print or electronic media 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. Lack of government 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 Reporting Water and Sanitation Award
Sponsored by LUSAKA WATER SUPPLY AND SANITATION COMPANY :This award recognizes the most outstanding journalist in Radio, Television and Print Media in water supply and sewerage reporting.
Best reporting Climate Change Award
Sponsored by EUROPEAN UNION: This award recognizes the most outstanding Journalist in Radio, Television, Print Media and online. The award seeks to recognize Journalists that champion Climate Change.
The award also takes into consideration the following;
In-depth Analysis: Journalists to provide insightful and comprehensive analysis of the complex relationship between climate change and biodiversity loss. Explore the scientific evidence, ecological implications and the ripple effects on ecosystems, species and habitats.
Case Studies: Showcase real-life examples of how climate change is affecting biodiversity in the Southern Africa region. Investigate the consequences for iconic species, ecosystems and local communities and delve into the challenges and potential solutions for preserving biodiversity in the face of climate change.
Solutions-Oriented Approach: Highlight initiatives, policies and practices that contribute to biodiversity conservation and climate change adaptation. Identify success stories, innovative strategies and community-driven projects that aim to protect and restore biodiversity while addressing climate change challenges.
Human Perspective: Shed light on the human dimensions of climate change and biodiversity loss. Explore the socioeconomic impacts on local communities, including indigenous peoples and marginalized groups, who rely on biodiversity for their livelihoods. Investigate the role of traditional knowledge and indigenous practices in biodiversity conservation efforts.
Collaboration and Policy: Investigate the role of national and regional policies as well as international collaborations in addressing the challenges of climate change and biodiversity loss. Examine the effectiveness of existing frameworks, agreements and partnerships and propose recommendations for enhancing policy coherence and implementation.
Engagement and Awareness: Encourage journalists to highlight the importance of public awareness and engagement in biodiversity conservation and climate change mitigation. Explore innovative communication strategies, community mobilization efforts and education initiatives that raise awareness and empower individuals and communities to take action.