Lovin Malta was recognised for its exemplary work in the field of journalism during the 30th Edition of the IĠM’s Malta Journalism Awards.
The prestigious event saw 18 awards handed out to Malta’s leading journalists and media houses, with Lovin Malta awarded five out of the 18 awards, the most any single media house obtained.
2019 saw an unprecedented political crisis hit the island, with protests engulfing the capital city by the end of the year, and damning revelations about some of Malta’s elite being released by the media. It proved just how essential proper journalism is for the sake of this democratic nation.
This awards ranged from best online journalism, an area Lovin Malta has long excelled at, to best use of the Maltese language, an award that many did not see coming.
1. Best Opinion/Editorial
Jon Mallia received the Best Opinion/Editorial award for his poignant videos released as thousands of Maltese people needed a strong, intelligent and clear voice to turn to following shocking revelations that rocked the country.
2. Best Specialised Journalism
Johnathan Cilia was handed the Best Specialised Journalism award for ‘My Life Is Pastizzi’, a behind-the-scenes cultural feature on the dying art of the pastizzara and the problems the iconic food so central to the Maltese psyche will face in the coming years.
3. Best Online Journalism
Lovin Malta received the Best Online Journalism award for its holistic coverage of the late 2019 political crisis that led to the collapse of the Joseph Muscat administration. This included days of constantly updated live blogs, exclusive scoops and detailed analysis of the latest developments.
4. Best Use of the Maltese Language in a Broadcast
Great use of the Maltese language is highly regarded by the IĠM, with the institute awarding Jon Mallia for best use of the Maltese language in his Jon Jispjega and Kaxxaturi features, where he regularly displays the incredible versatility of Maltese.
And in typical Jon Mallia fashion, his acceptance speech had to include some highly accurate words and punchlines.
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5. Most Promising Journalist
Lovin Malta Editor Julian Bonnici was given the Most Promising Journalist award, recognising the key work he undertook in 2019 and his rise in the Maltese journalistic field. Having covered the political crisis scene closely over the last few years, 2019 saw Bonnici get closer to the story than ever, before being promoted to Lovin Malta’s editor in 2020.
Other key awards, such as Best Feature as well as the prestigious Gold Award, went to the Xarabank team and host Peppi Azzopardi.
And the award for Best Investigation of the Year went to Times Of Malta’s Herman Grech and Jacob Borg for the stellar work they conducted in regards the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia and the political and business ties to its planning.
Lovin Malta CEO Christian Peregin thanked the entire team for their dedicated work throughout 2019 that garnered over a quarter of the IĠM’s awards this year.
Cover photo background: Nigel Mifsud