The General Secretariat of the Arab Journalism Award said that judging process of the award programme for its eighth edition had been completed and three short-listed names in each of the categories forwarded to the governing board for a decision.
Judging committee members, one each representing each of the categories from among the 60 members of the judging committee, held a meeting recently to finalise the names. The members consist of senior journalists and media academics from different parts of the Arab World. They had begun work on the award in February this year.
The heads of the judging committees reviewed the proposed names and ascertained that the process has been completed in the due format. They have also shared the names with members of the committees for all other categories with a view to make sure that the recommendations preceded a process of transparency and professional rigor.
The short-listed names have been referred now to the Governing Board of the award programme for arriving at a final decision on the winners. The board met yesterday to approve the final result, which will be announced later. The board will also take a decision with regard to the winners and two categories of Newspaper Columns and Media Personality of the Year.
The judging process for the journalism awards has been made very rigorous as part of the new strategy to ensure maximum transparency and objectivity in selecting the awardees.
The names of the judges also have been kept a secret and will not be revealed until the announcement of the winners.
Likewise, the judges are not allowed to see the names of the journalists or the publications; they have been given only the entry submitted for consideration without revealing the author or the publication.