A scoop for City Press
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.