15 Oct 2016 16:50pm
JOHANNESBURG, 15 OCT (NAMPA) - Cable News Network (CNN) anchor, Zain Asher has called on Namibian journalists to participate in the annual CNN MultiChoice African Journalist Awards (AJA) competition.
Asher was speaking to Nampa in an interview in Johannesburg, South Africa on Saturday ahead of the official announcement of the competition winners Saturday night.
She said participating in the CNN MultiChoice AJA competition would put them a step ahead of other journalists.
The CNN MultiChoice AJA competition is the most prestigious competition for journalists across the African continent.
Award winners are often treated to a months trip to the CNN headquarters in Atlanta as well as electronic equipment such as iPads and laptops.
The journey to the CNN headquarters is the most interesting package for these awards as it exposes journalists to the international world, Asher said.
She went on to say a large number of journalists from Kenya, South Africa and Nigeria tend to enter the competition.
This year, Namibian freelance journalist John Grobler was shortlisted as one of the finalists after he entered the competition.
Grobler is one of the 37 finalists in the 2016 AJA competition.
The competition was founded in August 1995 as a platform to reinforce the importance of the role of journalists in Africas development.
Over 1 600 entries from 38 countries across the continent, including French and Portuguese-speaking Africa, were received this year.
There are 12 awards in the English language category, two awards in the Francophone category and two in the Portuguese category.
Grobler is a freelance journalist based in Windhoek.
He has been doing investigative reporting for the past 20 years with a specific interest in the intersect between organised crime and natural resource exploitation, and is currently working on internationally syndicated rhino poaching.
Grobler was born in Windhoek and studied at the universities of Cape Town and Stellenbosch, and has written for major news outlets such as the New York Times, The Guardian and Al Jazeera, amongst others.