Nat Nakasa Award: entries open


    The Print Media South Africa Awards Committee, South African National Editors’ Forum and Nieman Society of Southern Africa are now accepting nominations for the 2010 Nat Nakasa Award for Media Integrity.

    Named for Nat Nakasa, a prominent and respected South African journalist and writer who died in exile, this annual award recognises any media practitioner – journalist, editor, manager or owner – who has:

    • shown integrity and reported fearlessly
    • displayed a commitment to serve the people of South Africa
    • strived tenaciously to maintain a publication or other medium despite insurmountable obstacles
    • resisted any censorship
    • shown courage in making information available to the South African public
    • and/or any combination of the above.

    The award is open to all journalists from all media platforms: community, regional and national newspapers, magazines and online. Nominations close on 28 May 2010.

    Previous winners of the award are, however, not eligible for entry. The winner will receive R20 000 in prize money and a certificate.

    Past winners of the Nat Nakasa Award

    1998 – Jon Qwelane
    1999 – Mzilikazi wa Africa
    2000 – Joint winners: Mathatha Tsedu and Wolfram Zwecker; special mention: Baldwin Ndaba
    2001 – Mzilikazi wa Africa (Sunday Times investigations team), Andre Jurgens and Jessica Bezuidenhout
    2002 – Justin Arenstein (African Eye News Service); special mention: Elise Tempelhoff (Beeld) and Martin Welz (Noseweek)
    2003 – Debbie Yazbek (The Star); special mention: David Macfarlane (Mail & Guardian)
    2004 – Buks Viljoen (The Lowvelder)
    2005 – Alf Kumalo
    2006 – Guy Berger
    2007 – Jacques Pauw
    2008 – Max du Preez
    2009 – Greg Marinovich

    The winner will be announced at the Nat Nakasa Award ceremony in Johannesburg on 24 July 2010.

    Prize Money: R20 000
    Deadline: 28 May 2010

    If you know anybody who fits the definition above, please submit your nomination before 28 May 2010, accompanied by a motivation of 300 words, to:

    or to:

    Second Floor, 7 St Davids
    St Davids Office Park
    Tel: +27 11 484 3624
    Fax: +27 11 551 9650

    For attention: Malesedi Dlamini