2016 NMMA award: 10 categories dropped

•As assessors beg

Chairman,  Board of Trustees (BoT) of the Africa foremost media excellence scheme, organisers of the Nigerian Media Merit Award (NMMA), Mr Vincent Maduka, at a press conference to announce the commencement  of the assessing of entries for the  24th edition of the  NMMA,  said 10  categories were dropped  this year from the regular 53 categories due to lack of sponsorship of the dropped categories.

He named some of the  categories as the Beatrice Bassey Best Female Newspaper of the year,  NPA  Maritime Reporter of the year, Intercontinental Capital  Market Reporter of the year,  Aviation Reporter of the year  and six other categories.

He added that the board of assessors, made up of  24 highly educated personnel from Television, Radio, academia and other professions,  received 648 entries this year, as against the 886 entries submitted last year,  which indicated a drop in entries this year.

He said there was 523  entries from the print, 67 entries from the Radio Stations and 47 from Television stations

The chairman, panel of assessors, Professor Ralph Akinfeleye, a lecturer at the University of Lagos, Akoka, said  from the  45 categories for  this year, 33 awards were  for the print category, six awards for the Radio category and six awards for the Television category.

He added that the  criteria to be used to select the winner  from each category was that the winners  must score up to 70 per cent and if no entrant score up to 70 per cent, there would be no winner in that category, as this would be done to meet international standard.

Mr Maduka officially  handed the entries to the chairman, panel of assessors, to begin the process of selecting the winners for each category. No date and venue have been fixed  for this year’s award.

The organisers, therefore, called on corporate bodies to sponsor  the event and award categories.

in work to select winners