A scoop for City Press

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The 2016 Arts Jour­nal­ism of the Year awards – a part­ner­ship be­tween the Na­tional Arts Fes­ti­val and Busi­ness and Arts SA – took place at Nando’s Cen­tral Kitchen in Lorentzville in down­town Joburg on Mon­day, and City Press won big.

The event was a ca­sual af­fair and Nando’s was an ap­pro­pri­ate venue, given its art-filled en­vi­rons. A hand­ful of jour­nal­ists and edi­tors were in at­ten­dance to hear if they had been picked for the top arts writ­ing hon­ours.

Tony Lankester, chief ex­ec­u­tive of the Na­tional Arts Fes­ti­val – held an­nu­ally in Gra­ham­stown in the East­ern Cape – opened the pro­ceed­ings and spoke about the im­por­tance of th­ese awards in high­light­ing arts writ­ing that does more than ex­plain whether a work is good or bad, but also con­tex­tu­alises the work and dis­cusses its sig­nif­i­cance.

The cer­e­mony was brief. John Maytham, who hosts the af­ter­noon drive show on Cape Town-based talk sta­tion CapeTalk, con­vened this year’s panel of judges. The Arts Jour­nal­ist of the Year was awarded to Niren Tolsi.

Maytham men­tioned that more sil­ver awards were awarded than gold this year, adding: “Find­ing the me­dia space and re­sources to do a proper job of cov­er­ing the very vi­brant South African arts scene re­mains a chal­lenge.”

City Press scooped sil­ver awards in re­views and fea­ture writ­ing, with wins by man­ag­ing editor Gayle Ed­munds and #Trend­ing TV editor Grethe Kemp, re­spec­tively. And, for the third year run­ning, City Press scooped the gold or­gan­i­sa­tional award for its work in the arts – a nod to the sup­port the pa­per con­tin­ues to give to the arts in the coun­try.

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