DWU awards journalists

A well-known local television journalist in Papua New Guinea, Mr Scott Waide is the winner of the Divine Word University Media Excellence Award in the television broadcast category.

Mr Maivo Lafanama from the National Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) is the winner in the radio broadcast category.

Both winning journalists received their awards in a brief ceremony at the Madang campus that coincided with the commemoration of the 18th Foundation Day of the University on Friday 22nd August.

No winners were judged for other categories of journalism.

The DWU Media Excellence Awards was formerly called the DWU Media Freedom Day Awards that were presented to journalists on World Media Freedom Day in May each year.

DWU Vice President Academic Professor Pamela Norman who announced the awards said the awards are offered by DWU to journalists in “recognition of their significant contribution to development in PNG through: advocacy of human rights, promoting democracy, investment in education reporting, and commitment to serving society without fear or favour through the various forms of media.”

Prof Norman said Mr Waide, who is the Lae bureau Chief of national television station EMTV, was recognised for his “special abilities” in television journalism to expose grave realities of the lives of the ordinary and poor people that have led to those in authority taking action.

This is the second award for Mr Waide from DWU after having received the DWU Media Freedom Day Award several years ago.

“He (Mr Waide) has been the voice of disabled people and an advocate for the poor.

“All these had been carried out through television. EMTV online and the social media,” said Prof Norman.

Mr Lafanama was recognised for his simplicity and clarity in reporting often complex court proceedings as a court reporter for the NBC based in Port Moresby.

“What makes him (Mr Lafanama) stand out as a broadcast journalist is his ability to translate clearly to the listeners what happens in court rooms.

“His reports are simple, short, sharp and straight to the point.

His voice engages with listeners around the country,” said Prof Norman when announcing the awards at the St Joseph Freinademetz Chapel. The award ceremony immediately followed the Eucharist celebration led by Catholic Archbishop of Madang, Most Reverend Stephen Reichert Ofm Cap, to mark the 18th Foundation of Day of DWU.