Out of the 33 stories that made it at the preliminary nominations, three were found to have missed some key criteria and therefore disqualified. One previously nominated entry missed out after reassessment.
The stories were not dropped due to substantive contents; new information emerged after a thorough review of all shortlisted nominations leading to their disqualification or removal from the rankings.
A key challenge faced by the judges this year is that they did not conduct their work physically as done in past years due to Covid-19 restrictions. They had to work very hard to assess all the over 200 submissions online.
A review of bids to broadcast the virtual event by the Communications sub Committee also saw Eye Africa TV emerge as winner of the tender process. They will begin work tomorrow Monday into final preparations for the event on October 24th, at the Kairaba International Conference Centre.
Every effort has been made to maintain a credible vetting process for the maintenance of public trust and confidence in the competitiveness of the National Journalism Awards.