The executive committee of the Sports Writers Association of Malawi (SWAM) has resolved to exclude itself from media awards of the month-long Rainbow Paints Top VI Netball Series launched on October 18 2012.
â€œOur executive meeting resolved that since SWAM is in charge of the awards, its president, vice-president, general secretary, vice-general secretary, treasurer and national cordinator should not be eligible for the awards to avoid conflict of interest,â€ says SWAM presidentÂ Peter Kanjere in a press statement released on Monday.
Two stand-out journalists in print and electronic media will be awarded at the end of the competition with the best and second-best in each category receiving K20 000 and K15 000 respectively.
The statement says, the awards are, therefore open to SWAM ordinary executive committee members and paid-up members, but in the event that a non-paid-up members wins, automatically SWAM will deduct from their prize money K2 000 membership fee.
â€œSince SWAM advocates for excellence in sports journalism, the selection process will be open and transparent. The winners will be selected based on a number of entries (newspaper cuttings and recordings), quality and consistent coverage of the tournament. SWAM will also be monitoring the coverage,â€ further reads the statement.
Entries can either be submitted weekly to Southern Region Netball League (SRNL) office at BYC or at once in the last week of the tournament.