The main change to this year’s awards will see the removal of the overall category winner (with the exception of the Photography category) in recognition of the specialist skills required to excel in the disciplines represented by the subcategories. The prize money for subcategory winners has been increased accordingly, with all sub-category winners receiving a cash prize of R15, 000.
Two additional categories have been added to this year’s Awards; ‘Sports Breaking News Story of the Year’ and ‘Sports Journalists’ Journalist of the Year’. The ‘Sports Breaking News Story of the Year’ award aims to highlight the sports story that has had an undeniable impact on the sports industry as it stands, written factually by a sports journalist or in collaboration with a sports journalist. While the ‘Journalists’ Journalist of the Year’ is open to the various sports newsrooms to nominate their sports journalist of the year.
The winner of the Sports Breaking News Story of the Year will receive R10, 000 prize money, while the Journalists’ Journalist of the Year – a peer recognition award – will receive a custom designed trophy.
“With each year of the awards, we aim to be better and bigger,” says Robyn Chalmers, Head of Media and Communications at SAB. “In recent years, we have managed to do that by being inclusive and shaping our awards according to the changing needs of the sports industry. This year’s changes are introduced after lengthy consultation with our judges, entrants and other stakeholders and seek to recognize excellence in the many specialist disciplines that make up world-class sports journalism.”
The categories for the SAB Sports Media Awards 2016 are:
- Audio Media Award (Radio)
- Digital Media Award
- Photography Award (Print and online)
- Video Media Award (Television)
- Written Media Award (Print)
- The Newcomer of The Year for sports journalists with less than two years' experience in the Industry.
- Sports Media Hall of Fame
- Sports Breaking News of the Year
- Sports Journalists’ Journalist of the Year