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Journalists from across South Africa were recognised for their award-worthy storytelling when the regional 2022 Vodacom Journalist of the Year (VJOY) winners were announced last week.
News24 journalists in the Eastern Cape, Western Cape and Gauteng won in four different categories and were automatically selected as finalists for the national VJOY Awards in their respective sections.
News24’s deputy multimedia editor Nokuthula Manyathi scooped the award for the best investigative piece in the Eastern Cape for the podcast series and live investigation My Only Story Season 2: Back to School, co-produced with Deon Wiggett, Alison Pope and Sesona Ngqakamba of News24.
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In the Western Cape, News24’s lifestyle editor Herman Eloff bagged the regional award in the lifestyle category for his coverage of The Streaming Wars, exploring how various streaming services have shaped television content distribution.
Meanwhile, News24’s financial reporter Khulekani Magubane scored the regional award for his opinion piece titled Eskom strike: A declaration of war on small business.
In Gauteng, News24 journalists Jeff Wicks and Kyle Cowan were jointly awarded for their investigative journalism covering two major stories: the murder of whistleblower Babita Deokaran and the ongoing Eskom crisis.
The judges applauded Wicks and Cowan for “their tenacity, thoroughness, and excellence in journalism”.

The annual VJOY Awards cover a range of beats, namely investigative journalism, opinion, lifestyle, features, sport, financial and economic news, politics, sustainability, live reporting and breaking news as well as photography.
There are also coveted categories for the Young Journalist award, the Lifetime Achiever award, and a new prize for innovation in journalism.
All the regional award winners are automatically finalists for the national award in their categories and all the national award winners, except for the Young Journalist category, will automatically become finalists for the overall Journalist of the Year Award.
Regional category winners receive R5 000 while national category winners take home R10 000. The overall Vodacom Journalist of the Year winner receives R100 000, and the prize money is shared should there be joint winners.
In addition to the four regional wins, several other members of the News24 newsroom were also commended for their work and entries in various categories.
In politics, News24’s Eastern Cape reporter Malibongwe Dayimani received a special mention for his coverage of the collapse of the Amahlathi Local Municipality in Stutterheim, and his reports on how the EFF tried to woo AbaThembu King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo.
In the breaking news arena, Marvin Charles was commended for his story on the Klawer murder, legal journalist Karyn Maughan was praised for breaking the news of the arrest of the Gupta brothers in Dubai, and Wicks was complimented for his piece on the Rosettenville shootout titled Battlefield.
The judges commended News24’s Catherine Rice for her investigative podcast series The Inge Lotz Story: A Miscarriage of Justice, they complimented Cowan for his analysis and opinion on the Eskom crisis, noting his “deep knowledge of the subject and his excellent use of language to deliver an impressive body of work”. They also applauded News24’s Samantha Herbst for her opinion piece sharing her reflections on filicide in South Africa.
The national VJOY Awards ceremony will take place on 24 November 2022. Click here for more information on the various regional category winners.

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