PREMIUM TIMES is known for offering the fastest breaking news and the deepest investigative reports about Nigeria
Nigeria’s leading investigative paper, PREMIUM TIMES, has been named finalist in the Special Award category of this year’s One World Media Awards.
It rewards the most outstanding coverage of the developing world and recognises the unique role of journalists and filmmakers in increasing cultural understanding and promoting fairness and justice worldwide.
“From stories highlighting our common humanity to investigations that uncover hidden issues to reports that give a voice to the voiceless, the Awards are distinctive in that they recognise and encourage the vital work of journalists in this field,” organizers say of the award.
“The aim is to increase the exposure and scope of international coverage to support inclusive development, good governance and democracy worldwide.”
This year’s edition of the awards received a record number of entries on a diverse range of topics from around the world, organisers say. Winners will be named and honoured at an elaborate ceremony in London on May 6.
At the ceremony, winners will be named out of the three finalists already announced for the 11 categories of the awards. The categories are International Journalist of the Year Award; New Voice Award; Radio Award; Press Award; Digital Media Award; Popular Features Award; Documentary Award; Student Award; Corruption Reporting Award and Special Awards.
Finalists in the Special Award category are PREMIUM TIMES, Uks, a Pakistan-based publication dedicated to the cause of gender equality and women’s development, and Video Volunteers, an Indian media organization equipping folks in underdeveloped areas with video journalism skills, and enabling communities to expose underreported stories and take action to right the wrongs of poverty, injustice and inequality.
The Special Award, open only to media based in the developing world, is given annually to an independent media organisation whose outstanding media content has made a real impact on people’s lives.
“The purpose of the award is to demonstrate the positive value of media to society,” organisers say.
PREMIUM TIMES and the two other finalists in this category of the award were chosen from a large pool of candidates which was later narrowed down to a long list of 10.
Others on the longlist are radio, televison, and newspapers from Asia, Africa, and Latin America.
Leanne Dmyterko, Events, Communications & Administration Manager, One World Media, said judges had very difficult deliberation before deciding on finalists and the eventual winner which will be announced at the award ceremony on May 6.
He remarked that “this is truly a tribute to the quality of talents in the paper, the ethical force of their journalism, the love for their country, and the spectacular evidence of what young people can do to take their country back from corruption, misrule, and impunity.”
PREMIUM TIMES is an independent Nigerian investigative newspaper reputed for exposing official corruption, human rights abuses and government inefficiency and the reign of impunity in the land.
The paper, which began publishing in late 2011, is known for offering the fastest breaking news and the deepest investigative reports about Nigeria
PREMIUM TIMES has become the number one platform for investigative and multimedia journalism in Nigeria, reporting on issues routinely avoided by older media-particularly on corruption in high places.
It has broken some of the biggest anti-corruption stories in Nigeria in the past two years. Indeed, the paper is the only Nigerian medium (and only one of two from Africa-the other being Mail & Guardian of South Africa) invited by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists to participate in the recent globally acclaimed groundbreaking investigation into tax havens.