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RJRGLEANER dominates PAJ awards

Jamaica Gleaner / Journalists from the RJRGLEANER Communications Group dominated the 2017 Press Association of Jamaica Awards on Saturday night, taking the top prizes of ‘Journalist of the Year’ and ‘Young Journalist of the Year’ in addition to 14 category awards.

Television Jamaica’s Andrea Chisholm was named journalist of the year, while The Gleaner ‘s Syranno Baines was declared young journalist of the year.

Chief judge Patrick Harley said this year, there was a 50 per cent increase in the number of entries in 22 categories up from 143 entries in 23 categories last year.

However, he said there were some concerns about the quality of some entries.

In reporting “some other good news”, Harley noted that this year saw an increase in the number of submissions in the radio category, a year after a decrease had been cited as cause for concern in that area.

“We are not saying that we are satisfied with the number of entries, but we’re encouraged that it is trending upwards again,” he said.

The awards ceremony was held at the Courtleigh Theatre in New Kingston.


Category winners  


Carl Wint Award for human interest feature story  

Corey Robinson – The Gleaner

Andrea Chisholm – TVJ


Best Radio feature/documentary  

Natalie Campbell – IRIE FM


Best TV Feature/documentary  

Vashan Brown – TVJ

Brian Walker – CVM


Ken Dawson Award for videography  

Glenford Campbell – TVJ


Junior Dowie Award for sports photography  

Ricardo Makyn – The Gleaner


Best cover design – newspaper  

Tennesia Malcolm – The Gleaner


Aston Rhoden Award for news photography  

Norman Grindley – The Gleaner


Errol Harvey Award for human interest photography  

Norman Grindley – The Gleaner


Morris Cargill Awards for opinion journalism  

Gordon Robinson – The Gleaner


Excellence in reporting on the environment  

Janella Precius – TVJ


Best news, sports or current affairs blog  

Dennis Jones

Zaheer Clarke


UNICEF Award for reporting on children’s rights  

Giovanni Dennis – RJR


Award for excellence in reporting on health and wellness  

Ryon Jones – The Gleaner


Excellence in reporting on agriculture  

Christopher Serju – The Gleaner


Excellence in reporting on Technology  

Kaneal Gayle – Business Access TV


President’s Award for investigative journalism  

Nationwide News


Hugh Crosskill/Raymond Sharpe Award for sports  

Dania Bogle – The Gleaner

Jordan Forte – TVJ


Hector Bernard/Theodore Seally Award for News  

Kimberley Hibbert – Observer

Giovanni Dennis – TVJ


Carlton Alexander award for business  

Kalilah Reynolds – Nationwide


Young Journalist of the year  

Syranno Baines – The Gleaner


Journalist of the year  

Andrea Chisholm – TVJ

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