Dec 19, 2023 12:46 AM | Article By: Abibatou Ceesay

Kaddy Jawo receiving award

Five MAJaC products scoop the prestigious Gambia Press Union National Journalism Awards held on the 16th, December 2023. The award is meant to honor the outstanding work of journalists in the Gambia.  Eight MAJaC alumni were nominated, and five emerged as winners in various categories.


Famara Badjie, who won the Migration and Human trafficking reporting award,  expressed gratitude to MAJaC for instilling in him the knowledge and skills in journalism, the fruits of which he is celebrating today.


“BBC has an Academy that produced great journalists in England. If there is any equivalent of that in the Gambia, it's MAJaC. Students learn a lot about the trade practically even before practicing. So, seeing some of us who studied at the school winning awards, can only be a surprise to those who don't know about MAJaC”, Famara Said.


Mariama Cham won the Arts, culture and entertainment award category. Cham, who completed her studies at MAJaC in 2019, currently works at EyeAfrica TV. She attributes her success to MAJaC for shaping her journalism career.

“MAJaC is the first institution that has given me that privilege to become the award-winning journalist that I am today. I began my journalism career from the class to the newsroom and it was so tough for me to cope because I had no idea about journalism or how to write stories. MAJaC put me through a rigorous but a very rich curriculum in all aspect of journalism. MAJaC taught me how to become either a print, broadcast and online journalist with the guidance of its professional trainers”, Cham added.


Kebba Jeffang won the Political and Women’s awards while Kaddy Jawo won the Health and Medical award. Their consistent success in winning awards is a testament of the knowlegde gained from MAJaC. 


Lamin Fadera, a sports Journalist who works for AfriRadio, clinched the sports reporting award.

The annual GPU awards continues to recognize the work of Journalists in the Gambia, many of whom are MAJaC products. During the  2021/2022 GPU National Journalism Award, eight MAJaC alumni were nominated for the awards and five won in the various categories. MAJaC continues to produced students who are excelling in the Media and Communication sector in the Gambia. MAJaC's influence is evident in producing award-winning journalists and shaping the media landscape in the Gambia.


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