The Star earned a double win in the categories for ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‹Å“South African
Newspaper Journalist of the YearÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢ and ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‹Å“South African Story of the YearÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢
in the eighth annual Mondi Shanduka Newspaper Awards presented in
Johannesburg, according to a media release.
At the May 6 ceremony, Beauregard Tromp was named ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‹Å“Mondi Shanduka South African Newspaper Journalist of the YearÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢ for his coverage of the outbreak of xenophobic violence in South Africa in 2008, and was described by the judges as a person who went an extra ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‹Å“many milesÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢ in covering these events.
ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œWe chose this journalist for getting beyond the viewpoint of generalised observation and capturing the individuality of people caught up in the carnage,ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â said the panel headed by Professor Guy Berger of Rhodes UniversityÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s school of journalism and media studies.
The judges described TrompÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s series as ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‹Å“highly enterprising journalism, showing commitment and sensitivity on an emotionally testing subjectÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢.
ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œThe narration was poignant and appropriate to the content without being over-written or clichÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â©d in any way.ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â
The South African Newspaper Journalist of the Year Award recognises outstanding performance by a newspaper journalist for work that demonstrates exceptional endeavour and world-class quality.
Antoine De RasÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢ photographic account of the xenophobic violence earned him a win for ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‹Å“Mondi Shanduka South African Story of the YearÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢. De Ras was applauded for his compelling and vivid portrayal of the huge impact the xenophobic attacks had on tens of thousands of people.
"This was a story told in many genres of words as well as in imagery and presentation. While many South African citizens are ashamed about what happened, extensive and exemplary coverage is at least something from which we can take some solace,ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â said the judges.
ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œWhile many journalists did amazing documentation, often with daring and dedicated exertion, Ras was able to render the crisis in extremely compelling, vivid and varied detail.ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â
This category of the competition honours agenda-setting and original journalism which contributes to society by giving new insight into the changing character of South Africa.
Both winners were selected from the 601 entries submitted by 37 South African newspapers. They were each presented with a Mondi Shanduka Premier Award of R15,000 cash, a trophy and a certificate.
The judging panel, led by Professor Guy Berger, head of Rhodes UniversityÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s school of journalism and media studies, said there was no shortage of high quality work to choose from in selecting this yearÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s winners.
It was very clear that had the winning entries not been there, we would not have been left empty-handed. Far from it: other entries would have completely deserved to be given the leading place. And if these others had not been submitted, there would still have been yet another layer with legitimate claim to being the best entries.ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â
He said that South Africa is lucky to have the cadre of professionals that it has. ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œIndeed, at a time when lay-offs are troubling the industry, these journalists underline the importance of the fourth estate to a true democracy.ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â
Now in its eighth year, the theme of this yearÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s competition was ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‹Å“The Obvious is the EnemyÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢ and featured 601 entries from 37 South African newspapers.
Kanina Foss and Alex Eliseev of The Star won the Hard News category with their ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‹Å“Secret boyÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s weird worldÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢, a heart-rending story about an eight-year-old boy who was kept captive by his father.
ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œThe piece was written under pressure of deadlines, with sensitivity and avoidance of easy sensationalism,ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â said the judges.
he runners-up were BeeldÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s Amanda Roestoff and LeanÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â© du Plessis for ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‹Å“Satan sÃƒÆ’Ã‚Âª ek moet moerÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢, ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‹Å“Ons was bang vir homÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢, ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‹Å“Ons seun is geboelieÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢, ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‹Å“Baai JacquesÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢ and ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‹Å“Hy het sward gereeld geslypÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢.
Makhudu Sefara of City Press won the Analysis and Commentary category with his submissions ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‹Å“Better the devil we knowÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢, ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‹Å“ANC brought this on itselfÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢ and ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‹Å“ZumaÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s poisoned chaliceÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢.
The judges said: ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œThe winnerÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s work on the post-Polokwane ANC is admirable and shows enterprise and the importance of access to sources in the presentation of insightful analysis.ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â
The WeekenderÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s Michael Bleby earned second place with his ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‹Å“Owning a piece of MandelaÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢.
Thabo Mkhize earned first prize in the hotly contested Feature Writing category for ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‹Å“Place to BEEÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢ carried in the Sunday Times Lifestyle section.
Many entries revealed acute observation and real research, and the result was richly textured description and insight ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬Å“ taking readers on a journey of tangible discovery,ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â commented the panel.
Runners-up were The StarÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s Alex Eliseev for ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‹Å“The old man in Room 21ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢, BeeldÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s Elise Tempelhoff for ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‹Å“Bloederigheid tussen hul tandeÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢ andÃƒâ€šÃ‚Â the Cape ArgusÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢ Leila Samodien for her series, ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‹Å“My little angel AdamÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢.
The top award for Investigative Journalism was presented to the Daily Dispatch trio ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬Å“ Chandre Prince, Ntando Makhubu and Lubabalo Ngcukana ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬Å“ for their ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‹Å“Killer water in the Ukhahlamba District MunicipalityÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢. Their 34-page entry told the story of how scores of babies died in the Eastern Cape as a result of government negligence, incompetence and cover-up.
It is important to praise the outstanding work of smaller newspapers and their persistence in bringing important issues to the fore and exposing cover-ups. Their work speaks to the strength of team versus individual efforts. This is to be encouraged.ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â
Mail & GuardianÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s Sam Sole, Stefaans BrÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¼mmer and Adriaan Basson earned second place for ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‹Å“Arms firm did give cash to ANCÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢.
Rowan Philp of the Sunday Times won the category for Creative Journalism with his piece ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‹Å“Brassed off by the BritsÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢, while second place was awarded to Naweek BeeldÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s Marida Fitzpatrick for ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‹Å“Onder 4 oÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â«: Ben Schoeman is ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â¦ ne ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â© un SissyÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢.
ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œThe leading stories were perceptive, expertly narrated and showed a masterly command of vocabulary and sentence construction.ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â
Jonathan ShapiroÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‹Å“Rape of JusticeÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢ and ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‹Å“Xenophobia FlagÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢ which appeared in both the Sunday Times and Mail & Guardian earned him a win in the Graphical Journalism category.
ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œThe judges did not necessarily endorse the sentiments of the controversial ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‹Å“Rape of JusticeÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢ cartoon, but acknowledged it is an outstandingly powerful visual statement that had been deliberately designed to elicit enormous reaction.ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â
The runners-up were Jaco Grobbelaar for ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‹Å“De ANC kan nie COPE nieÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢ for Die Burger and Anton Vermeulen for ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‹Å“ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‹Å“n Verspilde eeu van mislukte revolusiesÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢ in Rapport ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬Å“ PerspektiefÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢.
Prince Chauke of the Sunday Sun won the Popular Journalism category with his pieces ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‹Å“How do you cope with ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‹Å“DoctorÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢ WillieÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢? and ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‹Å“The FakerÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢. The runner-up was Brian Hayward for his ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‹Å“Sleepy townÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s sordid love scandal turns bloodyÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢ in the Weekend Post.
ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œSome of the stories we examined are open to ethical questions, in the sense of intrusion into private lives, but a great deal were squarely on the button in terms of the role of the media as a force for good.ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â
Chris Collingridge of The Star won News Photography with ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‹Å“Kids learn lesson of hateÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢, while Simphiwe Nkwali of the Sunday Times was made runner-up for his ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‹Å“Pleaded in vainÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢.
The winning entry could truly be said to be worth a thousand words as, in one frame, it said so much about the madness of xenophobia. The inclusion in the shot of children laughing mockingly at an older woman refugee from the other side of a red fence adds a poignancy and despair about the next generation,ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â said the judges.
In the Feature Photographic category The StarÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s Jennifer Bruce impressed the judges with ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‹Å“Desperate, they board the 6.10 to safetyÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢.
The runner-up was Alon Skuy for ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‹Å“What the hell is going on?ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢ and ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‹Å“10inTEN Your hate attacks in 10 minutesÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢ for Jozi Weekly ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬Å“ The Times.
Many papers appear to be running multi-picture spreads, and the photographers involved were therefore able to enter a portfolio that told a story on the same subject.ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â
The new category for Sports Photography elicited captivating entries across a wide range of sporting activities and was won by RapportÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s Deaan Vivier for his ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‹Å“Dis weer die ou Bulle!ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢ entry.
In second place was CornÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â©l van HeerdenÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‹Å“ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢n Lemoen ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‹Å“n dagÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢ in Beeld.
It was noteworthy that the best range of pictures came from a wide range of sports, including the minor ones.ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â
Mail &GuardianÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s Jacqueline Steeneveldt, Ricky Hunt and Sukasha Singh won the Presentation and Layout category for their ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‹Å“Mob NationÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢ series, while Robin Crouch of The Witness came second for ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‹Å“90-year walkÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢.
"Big stories call for special design, and the leading entries rose to the challenge with striking front pages and good follow-through.ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢
The prize winners were presented with a Mondi Shanduka Premier Award of R15,000 cash, a trophy and a certificate.