On Thursday, Kenya’s Principal Secretary, State Department of Energy, Dr. Eng. Joseph K. Njoroge, officially launched the third edition of the Energy Journalism Excellence Awards (EJEA).
The intention is to generate a high level of awareness around the country’s energy matters in a comprehensive manner that it is unbiased and factual.
All local based journalists who are directly employed and those practicing as freelancers, are encouraged to take part.
Energy journalism competition
The EJEA award is organised by the Ministry of Energy and Petroleum and all the utilities within the energy sector.
Njoroge said: “The Ministry of Energy and Petroleum is pleased to reward Journalists who excel in reporting objectively and demonstrate better understanding of various aspects in the energy sector.
“Through their reports, we manage to reach out to the public with information that makes people understand and support the development activities undertaken by the sector institutions.”
According to a statement released on behalf of Kenya Power, this edition of EJEA award is preceded by two other competitions where winners were awarded certificates, trophies and study tours to international destinations, with best practices in geothermal and nuclear energy development, to boost their knowledge of the sector.
Media credited for active role
Kenya Power acting managing director & CEO, Dr. Ken Tarus said that the Company continues to support the award with the aim to further the conversation about energy within the sector, the government and the people. He underscored the critical role played by the media in this process.
In preparation for the launch and upcoming award ceremony, 7 regional workshops that engaged over 300 journalists and editors have been held to sensitise and encourage journalists to participate in the competition.
The workshops provided a general understanding on Kenya’s energy sector and the role of the key utilities in electricity and petroleum in addition to the policy and regulatory framework within the industry.
Journalists have until 7th April 2017 to submit entries which will be judged and winners announced thereafter.