The Guardian’s Lawrence Wins Golden Pen Award

Golden-Pen-AwardTHE Guardian Correspondent in Enugu, Mr. Lawrence Njoku made the organisation proud Friday, when he was adjudged the first runner up in the Nigerian Breweries Golden Pen contest.

According to the Chairman, Board of Directors, Nigerian Breweries, Chief Kolawole Jamodu, the theme of this year’s awards is focused on Education and Youth empowerment because a nation’s success is tied to its educational commitment.

He said his company initiated the award to promote professionalism and integrity in the media.
“We are not only here to reaffirm our age long partnership, but to recognise excellence, promote creativity and reward hardwork,”
 he said

The event witnessed dignitaries from the journalism profession, including the Executive Governor of Abia State, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu and Human Resource Director, Nigerian Breweries, Mr. Victor Famuyibo.

Njoku, who was first runner up under the Golden Pen Reporter of the Year Category, took home a cheque of N300, 000, a plaque and a Samsung S5 phone, while the second runner up, Mr. Mojeed Alabi of New Telegraph, got a plaque, N200,000 and a Samsung S5 phone. The winner, Mr. Anthony Akabueze of Tell Magazine got a plaque, cheque of one million naira and an Iphone 6.

Chairman of Jury, Dr. Yemi Ogunbiyi, who spoke on the criteria for judging the stories, said that originality and creativity, use of resources, layout of headlines, clarity, news value and social responsibility and value of the work were used in judging the entries.

In the photojournalists category, the clarity of the picture, motive, news value, dramatic nature, creativity, placement and size of photo were considered.

Meanwhile, Stanley Ogidi of The Punch came third in the photojournalism category, while Isaac Ayodele of The Nation and Godwin Irekhe of the New Telegraph got second and first positions respectively. In the third category of the award, Canice Opara of Business World bagged the award.

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