This year’s theme is “Your Word”, and promotes the integrity of journalism across all media. The VJOYs prestigious judging panel for the 2017 awards includes first-time convenor Ryland Fisher and judges Mary Papayya, Arthur Goldstuck, Elna Rossouw, Patricia McCracken, Nikiwe Bikitsha, Mathatha Tshedu, Albe Grobbelaar, Megan Rusi and Obed Zilwa.
“We are delighted with the overwhelming amount of interest in this year’s awards, with over 1,000 entries in total received.” said Takalani Netshitenzhe, Chief Officer for Corporate Affairs at the Vodacom Group. “With the high calibre of stories covered over the last year, we have no doubt that the VJOYs’ judging panel is going to have a difficult task in selecting the winners.”
Regional Awards dates are:
· Durban – 17 October
· Bloemfontein – 18 October
· Johannesburg – 24 October
· Port Elizabeth – 25 October
· Cape Town – 26 October
The VJOYs have a history of honouring excellence in journalism across a range of categories. Applicants have entered work produced between 1 June 2016 and 31 July 2017. Awards are given for the best journalist in a range of categories in five regions nationally, with the process culminating in a national awards ceremony in Johannesburg on 16 November.
The awards are regarded as one of the highest accolades for South African journalists. The VJOYs are a means of recognising skill in the all-important arena of news and information dissemination. Winning a Vodacom Award has become a prestigious career achievement, with the overall national winner set to receive a prize of R100 000.