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FIFTEEN African Journalists have been shortlisted for the 2018 African Climate Change and Environmental Reporting (ACCER) Awards.
Mr. Mithika Mwenda, the Executive Director of Pan African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA) read out the names of the finalists:-

Agbota M. Ernest- Benin
Constantin Pierre Yap- Cameroon
Ekue Madjro KuegahTedjo- Benin
Caroline Gachacha Mucheru-Kenya
Mirabelle Akpaki-Benin.

Demis Mekuriyaw- Ethipoia
Eyong Blaise Okie- Camerron
Happy Njalam'mano- Malawi

Adjinehosu Fulbert- Benin
Soila Kenya- Kenya
Andrew Mtupanyama- Malawi
Gardy Alphonce-Kenya
Anthony Langat- Kenya
Sandrine Nathaline Carole- Morroco
Ekué Kodjo Koudohah- Togo

“The standards of broadcast entries are worrying, even more so the ones that were submitted in French.  Some of the entrants need training in basic story writing skills, to come with good scripts that would go into the organizing the clips for final production.” Judge Terna Gyuse, from South Africa commented in the process of judging.

The Radio entries were of high quality both in English and French, a demonstration that the of Radio is still a dominant means communication in Africa, and that the spread and growth of this medium as the preferred means of communication should be harnessed for both climate change and environmental reporting. Judge Clarisse Umuhire from Rwanda commented at the end of the Judging process.

“They need to embrace the basic rhythms of disciplined thinking and controlled writing. Their predicament is easily compounded by having to address a technical subject like climate change. Proper training for such journalists would do well to combine both the substance of reporting the environment and journalistic skills generally” Mr. Mithika said while announcing the 15 finalists.

More than 315 entries were submitted for consideration in this year’s ACCER Competition. The list of finalists was determined by a panel of judges, reflecting on this year’s theme ‘changing the narrative on environmental challenges in Africa: the case of pollution.

Finalists will be notified of their nominations and invited to attend the ACCER Awards & Recognition Ceremony where the winners will be announced.
Scheduled for October 6th -9th is the ACCER Awards Finalists Academy which is a training and networking workshop for all the finalists in Nairobi, Kenya.
The panel of judges will now focus their attention on the challenging task of selecting the ultimate award winners in each category that will be announced at the Awards Gala on 11th October during the seventh edition of the Climate Change and Development in Africa (CCDA-VII) Conference.

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