SOUTHERN EYE correspondent Nonhlanhla Sibanda was on Friday presented with the Youth Voice Award by the Youth Empowerment and Transformation Trust (YETT) at the organisation’s 10th anniversary celebrations.
An official from the organisation, Libson Chingwenjere said Sibanda won the award ahead of other journalists for her positive coverage of youth issues.
“Nonhlanhla paid special attention to gender in her reporting,” he said.
“She covered six stories on youth issues and generated her own motivational pieces over event-based stories.”
Chigwenjere said the organisers felt Sibanda adhered to journalistic standards of integrity, balance and fairness by allowing the youth ample space to speak.
YETT programmes officer, Samantha Moyo, said the organisation had assigned an independent media monitoring institution to assess media coverage in Harare, Bulawayo, Mutare and Masvingo from June to October.
A total of 14 newspapers and newsletters, and five radio stations, spanning more than 100 articles were monitored.
Winners were selected on the basis of consistency, depth of material content, relevance of published articles, originality and creativity.
The selection committee also paid special attention to regional and gender balance.
The other nominees in the media category are Ruvimbo Chaibva (Masvingo Mirror) Kundai Marunya (Harare News), Ashton Bumhira (Youth Online, Youth Forum newsletter) and Zororai Nkomo (ZiFM).
YETT is a youth networking organisation committed to the full participation of young people in sustainable development through advocacy and capacity building of youth organisations in Zimbabwe.