MU Student Wins “2014 Student Journalism Award”

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Addis Ababa, 2 July 2014 (WIC) – Mkelle University 2nd year  student of  Journalism and Communication, Etsubdink Hailu, has won the “2014 Student Journalism Award”.

The competition was organized by the U.S. Embassy in Addis Ababa and it’s open for applicants from all Universities and colleges in Ethiopia.

Topping out herself  and Mekelle University in the first place winner, Etsubdink is followed by Endalkachew and Feven of Haramaya and Hawassa Universities respectively.

A panel of judges, including practicing journalists, reviewed the entries and judged them based on content, presentation, use of resources and research materials. 

Mr. Robert Post, Public Affairs Counselor in the U.S. Embassy, said that it was so tough for the judges to identify the three winners among all competitors. The winners’ works, hence, speak of the bright future of the Journalism profession in Ethiopia, he added.   

Now in its second round, the competition aims to encourage students to gain practical experience in journalism that can be applied to their future careers.

“Etsubdink’s success at national level is a testimony to the continuous efforts we have been making to ensure quality education,” said Ato Mebrahten G.mariam, head of the department of Journalism and Communication, MU.  

According to, all contestant students submitted stories that were published or broadcast in public or private media outlets. And, Etsubdink’s report was part of the weekly FIDEL radio program which broadcasts on F.M 102.2 on Saturdays from 4:00 – 5:00 p.m (10:00 – 11:00 l.t).