January 25, 2006

NEWS | Arts Journos Form Association

Arts Journos Form Association
Zimbabwe Standard (Harare)
22 January 2006

ARTS and entertainment journalists from Zimbabwe's print and electronic media have formed an association, the Arts Journalists Association of Zimbabwe (AJAZ).

The association seeks, among other things, to bring together journalists involved in arts and entertainment. The association is expected to work closely with the National Arts Council of Zimbabwe and the Zimbabwe Union of Journalists, among other interested stakeholders and partners.

It would also be used for discourse on issues of common interests among journalists and stakeholders in the arts industry, thus harmonising relations and contributing to the development of the industry not only in Zimbabwe, but internationally.

Ajaz is also expected to promote the idea of annual arts. Instead of having a blanket award, the awards would be split into different. In the long term, the association hopes to work towards enhancing journalists' understanding of the arts through capacity building workshops.

Tich Hwingwiri, general manager of Elephant Hills hotel, is the patron of the association.

Last week arts and entertainment journalists met in Harare to map the way forward. Among the major issues discussed at the meetings were sponsorship, membership, association constitution, elections for a substantive leadership and objectives. The next meeting will be on the 28th of this month at Jazz 105, 12pm.