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JMS TV Students Win Africa's Premier Scitech Journalism Prize - The Siemens Profile Award - Again!

Date Released: Thu, 18 October 2012 16:40 +0200

The latest winners are the 2011 JMS TV4 team of Digital Korruption Productions comprised of Brad Janssen, Lisa Bluett & Ntombikayisel Mlangeni, who won for their documentary film What the Frack. They received their award at a gala ceremony in Cape Town from Minister of Science & Technology Derek Hanekom the new patron of Profile Awards. Helen Zille was guest of honor.

The awards evening at top CT restaurant, Moyo in Kirstenbosch, is the gem in the programme of the Sustain Our Africa Summit (SOA) in CT. Derek Hanekom said the What the Frack piece showed that these students could walk into any journalism job and hold their own.

Indeed, the Profile Award is the premiere award for science and technology journalism in Africa, with winners this year from across the continent.  It is sponsored by Siemens as an annual pan-African competition that honours journalists who excel in the fields of science and technology reporting – with the primary objective of promoting effective reporting on science and technology on the continent. In its own words, Siemens believes that “Recognising journalists who focus on science and technology topics will go a long way in encouraging excellence in reporting as well as ensuring that science and technology journalism moves from the periphery of the news agenda into the mainstream, where it belongs.”

With their fantastic film on the issue of fracking, Digital Korruption Productions not only cast clear light on the issues at stake, but made the discourse around the subject both accessible and wonderful to watch. Worthy winners indeed – and JMS congratulates them and TV4 lecturer and Executive Producer, Paul Hills, for continuing a fabulous winning tradition.

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