Award categories are as follows:
Best Economic Reporting Award
(Print, Radio and Television) This category recognises informative and objective reports on various macro-economic fundamentals and aspects related to the Zambian economy at large. The reportage must involve expert voices as well as the ordinary citizen as the final beneficiary. Reportage may Examples of coverage considered under this category may include (but not limited to) unemployment, supply and demand, growth, inflation, as well as considerations for monetary or fiscal policy and international trade among others.
Best Business and Capital Markets Reporting Award
(Print, radio and television) This award is aimed at creating awareness about business, entrepreneurship the Zambian capital markets and will recognize reportage that is informative, accurate and presented creatively. The reportage must shade light on developments in the business and capital markets sector as well as how the capital markets operate and benefit the country, citizens and the corporate world.
Best Insurance Reporting Award
(Print, radio, television) The category recognises innovative and informative reportage and news coverage on insurance as well as its impact on economic development as it helps to foster a good environment for business and safeguards investments. The prospective winners will be expected to demonstrate excellent research and balanced, factual presentation of the various types of insurance as related to the particular story under consideration
Best Standardization Reporting Award
(Print, radio, television) The category recognises informative, factual reportage on issues around the importance, promotion and enforcement of standards for various products and services in Zambia as provided for under the Standards Act. The reportage is expected to innovatively disseminate information on need for adherence to standards in relation to the welfare of the consumers at large.
Best Telecommunications Reporting Award
(Print, Radio and Television) The Best Telecommunications Reporting award is meant to recognize reportage that highlights the benefits of the telecommunication in Zambia, seeks to promote access to telecommunication through addressing issues of policy, laws and the economic environment in Zambia.
Best Anti-Corruption Reporting Award
(Print, Radio and Television) This award is aimed at creating awareness about corruption in Zambia and will recognize reportage that is informative, accurate and presented creatively while bringing out corruptive activities and their effects on the economy.
Best Hospitality and Tourism Reporting Award
(Print, Radio and Television) This award category recognises reportage that promotes tourism in Zambia. This could include Zambia’s tourism destinations, attractions, tourism products, tour operators, festivals and events, and marketing activities or campaigns that promote tourism. Articles must show how the campaign or activity positively impacted and/or increased tourism or raised the profile of tourism in Zambia.
Best Shelter and Habitation Reporting Award
(Print, Radio and Television) This award recognises journalistic excellence in housing, shelter or habitation reporting in Zambia. This award is based on journalistic excellence including newsworthiness, understanding and analysis of issues impacting the housing/shelter situation in Zambia.
Best Social Protection Award
(Print, Radio and Television) This award recognizes in depth reporting on policies and programs designed to reduce poverty and vulnerability by promoting efficient labour markets, enhancement of peoples capacity to manage economic and risks, such as unemployment, exclusion, sickness, disability and old age. The reportage in this category is expected to be factual, accurate and sensitive.
Best Land Management Reporting Award
(Print, Radio and Television) This category recognises coverage that is innovative and analytical, and seeks to promote pro-poor land policies and laws, access and ownership of land and transparency and accountability in land administration in Zambia, with a view to protecting land tenure security for Zambians.
Best Environmental Reporting Award
(Print, Radio, Television) This award will recognise reporting on environmental issues in Zambia including pollution, forestry, fisheries, conservation and climate change in a creative manner.
Best Water and Sanitation Reporting Award
(Print, radio, television) This category aims to reward innovative and informative reportage on water and sanitation in Zambia in relation to general welfare. The winning report will be expected to disseminate well-researched information on the regulation of the water and sanitation sector, challenges, opportunities as well as consumer rights.
Best Energy Reporting Award
(Print, Radio and Television) The purpose of this award is to help encourage journalists to report creatively and correctly about Energy issues. This reportage could be on alternative means of energy such as bio-mass, geothermal energy, sun, wind and rain. It should also include investments made in this area and how they affect and influence the country’s development.
Best Agriculture Reporting Award
(Print, Radio and Television) This category aims to recognise innovative reporting on agriculture and related issues. Entries in this category should highlight the importance and contribution of agriculture to the Zambian economy, challenges and the general welfare of farmers in Zambia. The entries should be informative and have factual information.
Best Health Reporting Award
(Print, Radio and Television) The award will recognize reporting that is innovative around health related issues at various levels in Zambia.
Best HIV/AIDS Reporting Award
(Print, Radio and Television) This award will recognize reporting that is innovative around issues of HIV and AIDS prevention, promoting positive living and adherence to treatment, voluntary counselling and testing including access to treatment facilities.
Best Gender Reporting Award
(Print, Radio and Television) The Best Gender Reporting Award will acknowledge reportage that addresses gender disparities, encourages equality, discourages abuse of one gender by the other and explains to the audience the true meaning of gender and how it can benefit the country. Its main purpose is to address gender disparities and the violence that the country is now experiencing especially against women and the girl child.
Best Sports Reporting Award
(Print, Radio and Television) This award will recognize excellent reportage in the area of sports that espouses the attributes of creativity and factual reporting/cross check. The category is open to reportage on any sports discipline and not only soccer.
Best Photo – Journalist Award
(Television Photo-Journalism and Still Photo-Journalism) This award is aimed at recognising best pictures both television and still. The picture or shot must be innovative tell a story about issues affecting the Zambian people. The picture must be of high quality and meet minimum professional video/still picture standards.
Best Radio Documentary Award
(First, Second and Third Prizes) This category is for Community Radio Producers. Documentaries submitted must be of 30 minutes duration, original works. Documentaries must have been produced in English.
Best Labour Relations Reporting Award
(Print, Radio, TV) This category recognises informative and objective reportage on labour matters while highlighting policy and legal challenges/developments. The reportage under this category should feature a variety of voices and disseminate accurate information on labour conventions and laws. The reportage must shade light on issues surrounding labor in Zambia, knowledge of labor laws by organizations and what various organizations are doing in order to be in line with the labor laws that have been set. The category includes reportage on employment and the issues around unemployment in Zambia.
Best Child Labour Reporting Award
(Print, Radio and Television) The Best Child Labor Reporting award is meant to recognize reportage that aims at dealing with child labor .This category focuses on the mitigations, expositions and regulation surrounding Child Labor in Zambia. The reportage should highlight the levels of child labor in Zambia, also giving expert information on the places and industries practicing child labor in the country.
Best Sexual Reproductive Health Reporting Award
(Print, Radio, TV) This award is for informative reportage on sexual reproductive health issues in Zambia. The category recognises reportage that helps to disseminate relevant information aimed at curbing stigma and stereotypes on sexual reproductive health. Reportage in this category is expected to be factual, accurate and sensitive.
Best In-depth Reporting Award
(Radio)This category recognises in-depth reportage by radio journalists, using the tools and skills of investigative reporting to highlight a particular issue in a story on any given sector. The story should cover issues in depth and be informative and well balanced. Various formats are acceptable under this category, including radio packages and/or short features.
Most Interactive Community Radio
This award aims to appreciate a deserving community radio station that provides platforms for interaction and increased citizen participation on various issues. This category considers specific programmes and radio stations will be expected to enter a specific talk radio programme that is consistent and prioritises audience participation.