City Press journalists past and present won big at the annual Media24 Newspapers’ Legends Awards, held in Cape Town on Friday night.
Former editor and editor-in-chief Mathatha Tsedu received a special award from General Manager Afrikaans newspapers Tim du Plessis honouring him as the company’s 2013 “All Time Legend”.
Tsedu, who was editor from 2004 to 2007 and editor-in-chief from 2007 to 2008 and is now Media24’s general manager for strategic projects, was honoured with a standing ovation.
City Press’ Faces of Marikana project, which told the stories of the 44 men who died at Marikana last August, took the Multimedia Journalist of the Year award.
“The Marikana Diaries (the website) was an outstanding multimedia project that brought together a diverse set of skills to tell a vitally important story,” the judges said.
Paddy Harper and Adriaan Basson scooped the Investigative Journalist of the Year Award for Nkandlagate, while a joint Rapport and Media24 investigation into schoolboy steroid use, by Jeanne van der Merwe and Pieter-Louis Myburgh, was the runner-up.
The award for political journalism was named in honour of City Press’ Mandy Rossouw, who died suddenly in March.
Poignantly, Rossouw was the first winner, sharing the prize with her colleague Carien du Plessis for their work in breaking the story of Dr Mamphela Ramphele’s entry into politics and what judges called “the first evidence-based indication in early December that the race for Mangaung” was over and President Jacob Zuma had guaranteed his re-election.
Charl Blignaut was the runner-up in the Scoop of the Year category for his review of Brett Murray’s The Spear, which the judges said “ignited one of the biggest political controversies of
In the Graphic Artist of the Year category, Graphics24’s Jaco Grobbelaar, whose work often features in City Press, took top honours, and cartoonist Daniel Mothowagae was runner-up, showing “how it is possible to make powerful comments at the stroke of a pen”.