The US Embassy in Addis presented Journalism Award today to university students who produced the best journalistic piece in 2013. It is for the second time that the US Embassy, the Public Affair section, gave recognition to students for their excellence in journalism.

The award is meant to encourage students to practice journalism and gain experiences while they are in universities. It is believed that the journalistic skills that students develop during their stay in colleges or universities would help them practice journalism professionally and responsibly after their graduation.

Students from different universities who worked as volunteers on different media presented their work and competed for the award. A jury of five experienced journalists evaluated the journalistic pieces entered for this year’s competition and identified the three winners.

Accordingly, the winners of this year’s journalism award are Etsubdink Hailu from Mekelle University (1st place winner), Endalkachew Abebe from Haramaya University (2nd place winner) and Feven Abreham from Hawassa University (3rd place winner). The students received their awards at the ceremony held at US Embassy in Addis from the hands of Mr. Robert Fost, the head of the Public Affair Section. The first winner received laptop, the second received digital camera and the third winner received a digital recorder. Journalism and communication department heads, community radio managers and family of the award winning students attended the award ceremony. The student journalism award was given to students by the US Embassy for the first time in 2012.

The American Embassy is working with Journalism and communication departments in different universities of Ethiopia. They are providing financial and material supports to Journalism and communication schools in order strengthen journalism practices in this country. Recently, the Us Embassy financially supported two universities to establish community FM radios. Hawassa and Haramaya universities are the beneficiaries.

At the award ceremony, the Embassy donated journalism and communication books for universities running journalism programs.

We hope the embassy keeps on working with us in the efforts we are making to take the troubled Ethiopian journalism get to the right track.

Finally, I would like to congratulate this year’s winners, particularly Feven of Hawassa University who received a third place in the competition. I would also like to call upon Hawassa university journalism students to produce journalistic materials and have it published and then compete for this award which is given every year to students who excel in their journalistic skills.


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