Fourth Sharjah Government Communication Award invites journalists to compete for awards

SHARJAH, 4th September, 2016 (WAM) — Sharjah Media Centre, SMC, has invited submissions from journalists and media professionals to compete in the new ‘Best Press Report/Feature’ category of the fourth edition of the Sharjah Government Communication Award, SGCA, submissions for which are open from 1st October to 20th January, 2017.

Tariq Saeed Allay, SMC Director, said that through its numerous initiatives, the SMC seeks to interact with various media bodies out of its belief in “their vital role and in the importance of integrating roles of media and government institutions.”

He said, “The qualitative developments witnessed by the SGCA, including the expansion of its categories, commensurate with the great role played by media organisations. This helps establish the concept of modern government communication, which aims to strengthen relations and cooperation between the media and government for the service of the community.”

The category is dedicated to journalists who actively engage with their sources in government and semi-government entities in the UAE to deliver meaningful and high-impact reportage. The nominated Press Report or Feature has to be in Arabic or English, and must have been published in 2016. Written in simple language and prepared in a constructive manner to raise public awareness, the report must be easily understood by various age groups and professional segments. It should also provide accurate information substantiated wherever necessary with relevant facts and figures.

Asma Al Juwaied, Manager of SGCA, said, “In order to make the GCA more inclusive and engage with more segments of the industry, the SMC has dedicated a whole category in the upcoming edition to journalists and media professionals. With this, we aim to recognise the important role played by local media organisations and publications in highlighting issues of concern before the public, offering solutions based on the most up-to-date and accurate data.”

She added, “We are confident that the Best Press Report/Feature category will further enrich the GCA and enhance awareness about the award among a wider cross-section of media. It will also generate synergies and opportunities for professional collaboration between media organisations and government entities in the UAE. We believe this will help improve the scope and ambit of government communication in the country.”

Journalists looking to participate can visit the Sharjah government communication initiative website for more details. They can also follow the latest developments about the SGCA on social media platforms.