Former President John Dramani Mahama has extended special congratulations to the Ghana Journalists Association (GJA) on the occasion of its 70th anniversary.
He has also presented two MacBook Pro laptops to the GJA as prize packages for the 2019 GJA Journalist of the Year and the 2019 Most Promising Female Journalist.
The GJA will on Saturday host the 2019 Journalist of the year award, which coincides with its 70th anniversary.
President Mahama who is also the Flagbearer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) said in a letter signed by Special Aide Joyce Bawah Mogtari that: “The donation to the specified award winners is in furtherance of his desire to better equip our journalists and support the work of the media.”
The Ghana Journalist Association which is celebrating its 70th anniversary will later today Saturday, November 23, 2019, organise its 24th awards ceremony.
GJA will use the occasion to honour journalists who have distinguished themselves and helped improve development and Democracy in the country.
The 70th-anniversary celebration is themed “Freedom, Democracy and Independence of the media in Ghana.”
The awards are in six categories.
Category One is competitive and it has News Reporting, Sports, Education, Features, Small-scale Illegal Mining and Maritime Reporting.
There are 26 categories under Category Two and it is made up of Investigative Reporting, Health and Sanitation, Political Reporting, HIV/AIDS, Agricultural Science, Business, Finance and Economic Reporting, Telecommunications, Transport and Road Safety, among others.
Category Three is solely dedicated to the morning shows on both TV and radio, Best Columnist, Best Newspaper and Best Radio and Television Station.
Category Four is reserved for media houses only, while Category Five is non-competitive and reserved for industry leadership awards.
Category Six has the Best Female Journalist of the Year 2018, the Komla Dumor Most Promising Young Journalist of the Year and the Professor P.A.V. Ansah Journalist of the Year.
The Ghana Journalists Association since 1949, has been the umbrella organization representing Ghanaian Journalists.
It is registered as a professional association and listed as one of several bodies on the board of the National Media Commission.