OJA to organise press competition

MUSCAT: The Omani Journalists Association (OJA) plans to organise a competition for media persons with a view to develop national capacities in journalism and the field of media to hone the practical skills in a way that contributes to developing journalism. The competition, to be held in four categories, is being organised to encourage the national competencies to increase professionalism in the press and media work.

Awadh bin Said Baqwair, OJA Board Chairman said: “The launch of the OJA press competition will contribute in promoting professionalism and highlighting qualified national cadres in the field of media work, particularly the press cadres. It will also bring out the individual capacities of the male and female journalists.”

He explained that the areas of the competition include the reporting, articles, interviews and press photos.

“We are looking forward to a wide participation of journalists in the different categories which is meant to develop and discover press talents,” he said.

“This competition will be organised annually”, he said. “It will increase competition among persons working in the media sector to develop their skills and carry out their work more professionally. This is the object that OJA seeks to achieve to promote professionalism in the field by conducting different training programmes.” Baqwair added.

To participate in the competition, an individual must send an application to OJA directly. The nominated person is required to be a current member of OJA. The work, through which the member seeks to participate in the competition, should be also published in a local newspaper.

The member should attach his work through which he participates in the competition along with an electronic and a printed copy. In addition, the member should attach his curriculum vitae and two personal photos.

Baqwair indicated that the OJA will honour the top three winners. The first winner in every category shall receive RO 2,000; while the second shall receive RO 1,500 and the third will receive RO 1,000.

The total value of awards would be RO 18,000. Awadh indicated that a ceremony would be held on this occasion to honour the winners of the competition and review their works.

He explained that the jury of the competition will include university professors and specialised experts in the respective professional fields.

Baqwair indicated that Omani Journalists Association will receive the nominations for this competition at the beginning of May at the headquarters of the Association.


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