For the first time ever, stories published on Television Malta’s electronic site – tvm.com.mt – have won all the awards for electronic journalism in the 19th edition of the Malta Journalism Awards organised by the Institute of Maltese Journalists. PBS journalists and producers carried off nine awards for reports and productions broadcast on TVM, Radju Malta and tvm.com.mt. Seven of the nine awards were won by News Centre journalists.
The works of PBS journalists have received awards in the 29th edition of the journalism awards handed out by the Institute of Maltese journalists. An independent panel of judges awarded the journalistic efforts of five PBS journalists in seven categories.
Mario Xuereb was the recipient of three awards, among which for a television script in the features category for the documentary L-Internati Maltin fl-Italja, for cultural journalism on radio and for the best use of the Maltese language. And for the first time ever, TVM won the categories in electronic journalism with two awards for stories carried on tvm.com.mt – an article by Glen Falzon and a cultural article by Keith Demicoli. Brandon Pisani won the category for broadcast journalism with the best footage.
The award for broadcastjournalismm – television script in the news category was won by Antonia Micallef.
PBS contributors won two other awards. Professor Andrew Azzopardi won the category for broadcast journalism – human interest stories on TVM 2. Alvin Scicluna, who produces various programmes for PBS, won the category for travel journalism.
There were 20 categories in this edition, covering print, broadcast and electronic journalism. The judging panel evaluated 128 submissions.
Veteran journalist Laurence Grech, a former editor of The Sunday Times of Malta, was the recipient of the Gold award sponsored by the Tumas Fenech Foundation for Education in Journalism.
During the ceremony President George Vella expressed satisfaction that the Institute of Maltese Journalists and its members are preparing to fall in line with the world charter on journalistic ethics. This document, proposed by the International Federation of Journalists, enshrines ethical principles, among which that a journalist informs in a researched manner, is loyal to the public and free from every interference. President Vella stated that when these principles are implemented, journalists can instil the importance of strong values in tomorrow’s generation.
The IGM Chairman, Yannick Pace, announced that the Institute has started studying the possibility of becoming a union, adding that Malta is one of the few countries which does not have a union for journalists. Mr Pace further stated the Institute will continue working towards this aim becoming a reality.