About

Now in its 39th year, this competition applauds and rewards those members of the media who excel in the reporting of Sport in South Africa today.

Over the last few years, SAB has made a commitment to keep these awards in line with best global practice, listening in earnest to the feedback received from the Sports media in South Africa, past judges, entrants and winners to ensure these Awards are reflective of both the local and global media landscape.

The categories for the SAB Sports Media Awards 2019 are:

  • Audio Media Award (Radio and online)
  • Integrated Media Award (Photography, written, video and audio media)
  • Photography Award (Print and online)
  • Video Media Award (Television and online)
  • Written Media Award (Print and online)
  • The Newcomer of the Year (sports journalists with less than two years' experience in the industry in each category)
  • Sports Media Hall of Fame (media who have made a significant contribution to sports journalism for over 20 years).
  • Sports Journalists Journalist of the Year (media peer recognition award)

Entrants for the SAB Sports Media Awards 2019 should submit work produced between 1st October 2018 and 30th September 2019.

Entries open at 08:00 on Wednesday 9th October 2019 and close at 17:00 on Tuesday 15th October 2019.

Winners will be announced at an Awards Evening on Tuesday, 26th November at the Wanderers Club in Johannesburg.

Judging Process

Once the competition has closed, each judge has the opportunity to score the submitted entries for their specific category. These entries are judged according to scorecards that are provided to each judge. Once this process is complete, all judges meet with auditing firm BDO where the final scores are tallied.

The top finalists are then discussed in an open forum and then voting for the overall winners and merit winners is decided upon.

This is done by private ballot.

If there is only one entry in a sub-category, no category award will be given. If the judges believe it is deserving of an award, a merit award will be given.

If the judges believe none of the entries in a sub-category are of a sufficiently high standard, no award will be given.

In the event of a tie a second round of voting will take place with the auditors present.

In the event of a second tie, the convenor gets the casting vote.

The entire process is audited by BDO to ensure it is fair and transparent.

Judging Critera

What the judges are looking for:

  • The overall quality and impact of the work
  • The integrity of the work
  • Tailoring the work for the target audience
  • Relevance of the work
  • Creative flair
  • Style and use of language (where appropriate)
  • Factual accuracy
  • Originality and fluency
  • Firm but fair judgement

All entries will be judged in the original language in which they were published or broadcast.

Categories

The Categories for the SAB Sports Media Awards 2019 are listed below along with the prize monies for the overall winner in each category. Category winners receive a cash prize of R15,000 with the winner of the Photography sub-category Action Shot of the Year and the Newcomer of the Year in each category receiving R5,000.

AUDIO MEDIA

The winners in this category will receive R15,000 each in the following sub-categories: Sports News Reporter, Sports Presenter, Sports Commentator and Sports Producer. Newcomer of the Year will receive R5,000.

VIDEO MEDIA

The winners in this category will receive R15,000 each in the following sub-categories: Sports News Reporter, Sports Presenter, Sports Commentator and Sports Producer. Newcomer of the Year will receive R5,000.

WRITTEN MEDIA

The winners in this category will receive R15,000 each in the following sub-categories: Feature Writer, Columnist of the Year, Sports News Reporter. Newcomer of the Year will receive R5,000.

INTEGRATED MEDIA

The winner of this category will receive R15, 000 each for showing proficiency across at least two media disciplines (with amplification across Social Media channels). Newcomer of the Year will receive R5,000.

PHOTOGRAPHY AWARD

The winner will be the photographer who has consistently produced excellent photographic work over the course of the year. The prize for this category is R15, 000. The Action Shot of the Year will be awarded R5, 000. Newcomer of the Year will receive R5,000.

SPORTS JOURNALISTS’ JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR

This award - a peer recognition award - will be awarded to a person who writes sports news for newspapers, online platforms, magazines or to be broadcast on radio or television. This local journalist must work for a recognised media organisation and be nominated by his/ her colleague.

SAB SPORTS MEDIA HALL OF FAME AWARD

This award is for the person/s who has/have made a significant contribution to sports journalism over 15 or more years.

Past Winners

The SAB Sports Media Award winners for 2018 were:

 

Audio Media Awards

Sports Commentator of the Year:
Thabo Kofa (Lesedi FM)

Sports News Reporter of the Year:
Carl Lewis (Eyewitness News Sport)

Sports Producer of the Year:
Mosibodi Whitehead (Kaya FM)

Newcomer of the Year:
Dalton Motshwane (Thobela FM)

Digital Media Awards

Converged Media:
Antoinette Muller (Freelance)

Audio Media:
Nkululeko Nkewu (Soccer Laduma Radio)

Video Media:
Leila Dougan (Daily Maverick)

Written Media:
Antoinette Muller (Freelance)

Photography Awards

Sports Photographer of the Year:
Kim Ludbrook (EPA)

Action Shot of the Year:
Kim Ludbrook (EPA)

Video Media Awards

Sports Commentator of the Year:
Kaunda Ntunja (SuperSport)

Sports News Reporter of the Year:
Ronald Masinda (eNCA)

Sports Producer of the Year:
Peter Matshele (SuperSport)

Sports Presenter of the Year:
Vaylen Kirtley (SABC)

Newcomer of the Year:
Mbali Nkosi (Soweto TV)

Written Media Awards

Sports Feature Writer of the Year:
Niren Tolsi (The Cricket Monthly)

Sports Columnist of the Year:
Mninawa Ntloko (Business Day)

Sports News Reporter of the Year:
Marizanne Kok (Media24)

Newcomer of the Year:
Luke Feltham (Mail & Guardian)

General Awards

Journalists' Journalist of the Year:
Njabulo Ngidi (Independent Newspapers)

Hall of Fame:
Thomas Kwenaite

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