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ITWeb journos scoop awards

ITWeb journalists scooped two category and three runner-up awards at the Telkom ICT Journalist of the Year 2006 awards ceremony last night.

Now in its seventh year, the Telkom ICT Journalist of the Year awards recognise excellence in ICT journalism, and aim to stimulate interest in the ICT industry.

Dave Glazier was named the winner and Kimberley Guest runner-up in the best new journalist category.

Freelancer Brian Bakker won the magazine award for an iWeek cover story, ahead of runners-up Duncan McLeod of FM and Helene le Roux of Engineering News.

Damaria Senne and Nicola Mawson were joint runners-up in the online category. The winner was Hilton Tarrant, of MoneyWeb.

The overall winner was Bronwyn Nielsen for her Carte Blanche expos'e on the cost of Telkom's services, while Lesley Stones of Business Day won the top award in the newspaper category.

Glazier's winning piece was the iWeek cover story, "Crystal ball glazing", which the judges said "displayed insightful analysis of the tricky business of market forecasting" and "was enhanced by excellent research and referencing".

Bakker's winning article, "The industry that cried wolf", which tackled the issues relating to the business of anti-virus software, was commended for "independent insight and analysis [...], clear and concise style".

Xhead = Runners-up

Senne was recognised in the judges' citation as "well known for her ICT reporting". She was named joint runner-up for her ITWeb story, "Wholesale ADSL prices under spotlight", in which the judges found "her smooth-flowing writing style fostered deep understanding of a widely-talked about issue".

The judges described new journalist runner-up Guest's Brainstorm article: "A licence to fail", as "an interpretative article written in a coherent and straight-forward manner, enabling easy understanding".

Mawson's article: “Priority skills fall off the radar”, was cited as "a concise and insightful piece" that displayed "diverse spread of voice" in tackling the issue of government's plans to alleviate the skills shortage.


ITWeb is South Africa's leading technology-focused publisher, with media products and services that span online, print and events. ITWeb online reaches over 80 000 readers a month and services a large client base through its Virtual Press Office offering. ITWeb's print titles include Brainstorm, iWeek and a series of ITWeb Informatica reference books.