- 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 news coverage, Medicines Regulation
Sponsored by ZAMRA : This award recognizes the most outstanding professional journalists in Radio, Television and Print Media for their excellence, dedication and creativity in educating and sensitizing members of the public through their consistency accurate reporting on the Authority’s mandate.
Best Reporting National and Natural Resources Management Awards
Sponsored by Diakonia : Diakonia seeks to award the most outstanding professional journalists in Radio, Television, Print and Online media that have contributed or influenced positive change in the lives of the ordinary people especially the underprivileged through reportage that introspects national and natural resources management.
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
Best Intellectual Property Protection Reporting Award.
Sponsored by Partners Against Piracy : This award recognizes the most outstanding journalist in Promoting Intellectual Property Protection in the Creative Industry. Intellectual Property includes patented and copyrighted artistic work and content in Film, Broadcasting, Online and Music Industries.
Best Social Protection Reporting Award
Sponsored by Public Service Pensions Fund : 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 Buy Zed 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 are well articulated in the article.