Arab Journalism Award
The Arab Journalism Awards Reward Talent, Inspire Excellence and Motivate Creativity
The Arab Journalism Awards (AJA) was launched in 1999 as per the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. The awards aim to develop the Arab press landscape and foster creativity among Arab journalists through honouring excellence and innovation.
Arab Journalism Awards additionally seek to promote the constructive role played by the media towards the society through recognising contributions of journalists in communicating the Arab perspective to the world.
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum appointed Dubai Press Club as the Secretariat of the Award. In its role, DPC was mandated to establish the Awards and put in place a system that ensures its integrity, objectivity and comprehensiveness amidst the evolving dynamics of the Arab world.
In developing the award system Statute project, DPC assigned the executive management of the awards to an independent board.DPC is also associated with the Arab Journalists Union as part of its endeavour to emphasize the phenomenal reach of the Awards in the Arab region and engage Arab media persons with expertise, efficiency and repute.
The chairman of the AJA Board of Directors is a leading media person who influences decision-making, while the Board includes an elite group of Arab journalists, academics, intellectuals and professionals.
Keeping in pace with the dynamic shifts in the journalism sector, the Arab Journalism Awards has witnessed - and continues to witness- several review and development stages.
The categories of the Arab Journalism Awards include:
- Best Columnist
- Investigative Reporting
- Young Talent Journalism
- Cultural Criticism
- Political Journalism
- Economic Journalism
- Specialized Journalism
- Sports Journalism
- Photo Journalism
- Outstanding Cartoon Works
- Best Press Interviews