The Vodacom Awards for Digital Excellence (#VADE) were launched earlier last month on 11th July 2012 as a long term initiative to reward, support and develop local online media for outstanding work in the digital space.
These awards were designed to be fair, transparent and most importantly, non-discriminatory. The criteria and scoring system has been clearly laid out and communicated in different media channels to make the selection process as transparent as possible.
The first 10 fellows recognized, were selected based on this stringent scoring criterion (listed below). Now that the fellowship has taken foot, please stay tuned for announcement of the next phase of #VADE, where we look to recognize more people for their exemplary work in the digital space.
Until then, we commend the online community for the handwork they have put in to make the digital space reflect the vibrancy of Tanzania. Power to you.
SELECTION CRITERIA: VODACOM AWARDS FOR DIGITAL EXCELLENCE
Promotes the creation and/or distribution of original local content
Upholds the tenets of free expression and an open and fair media
Demonstrates regular audience through readership, engagement, reputation and traffic.
Shows promise for important future advances
Potential for fellowship to facilitate subsequent creative work.
Shows excellence in narrative, photographic and/or multimedia use
An individual who is a trailblazer in their field and developing the digital sector
Site updated regularly (at least once a week)
Provide a vital or important service
Actively engage with other bloggers
Demonstrate exceptional creativity.
Show innovative use of medium
Use of multiple tools or platforms
Demonstrate expertise in a given field
Site should be at least six months old