The Forum of Community Journalists is excited to announce the finalists of the AVBOB FCJ Excellence Awards for 2023 and this year many new names appear for the first time.

After almost six weeks of hard work and working through 531 entries, the panel of 24 judges, led by convenor André Gouws, selected the finalists in each category. “While there were slightly fewer entries this year than last year, judges were impressed with the quality of work entered and the deep dedication shown by community journalists across the country,” says Gouws.

“Not only are community journalists the local watchdogs, but they help communities thrive by reporting on all that is happening, from sport to social events and supporting local businesses. Newsrooms are small and community journalists work very hard. We, as the judges, can see that. What is more important, however, is that people in your communities see and appreciate what you do for them. Never under-estimate the important roles that you play,” Gouws concluded.

“A huge word of thanks goes to André and his panel of adjudicators for this huge task that they faced. We are grateful to them. I also thank everyone who entered, because without your entries, we do not have a competition,” says Ben Burger, Executive Director of the FCJ.

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