by Wallace Mawire
Environment Africa has awarded prizes to journalists in Zimbabwe for outstanding environmental reporting in the media in 2011-12.
The awards were presented in partnership with News-day and Rainbow Towers Group (RTG).
Jeffrey Gogo of the Herald newspaper was awarded the overall winner’s prize for his piece titled:ICTs critical in mitigating impacts of climate change.
According to the organizers, in the article, the writer dealt with the subject in a sensitive way.
“The story introduced the reader to something new, analyzing how ICTs could be harnessed to respond to climate change related impacts,” according to the citation.
Gogo also clinched the prize for the most consistent winner.
“The winner for the category has received numerous awards and widespread praise for his work on the financial and business sector, but his career in the last few years has been marked by the persistence and courage of his reporting on environmental issues,” according to the judges.
Gogo was presented with $3000, a trophy and a certificate.
Another Freelance Journalist, Patrick Musira, was awarded for the best print category on his piece focusing on wetlands preservation.
He was awarded for highlighting how the massive construction of houses and business premises on Harare’s fragile wetlands is threatening the capital’s biodiversity and other environmental benefits of floodplains.
His piece is titled; Harare’s precious green spaces being submerged in concrete.
He was presented with $1000, a trophy and a certificate.
Phineas Gutu of the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) was awarded for the best electronic media Reporter.
He was presented with $1000, a certificate and a trophy.