December 19, 2020 – By the decision of the Croatian Journalists’ Association’s members, the journalist of the year for 2019 is Đurđica Klancir of the net.hr portal. The Otokar Keršovani Lifetime Achievement Award was posthumously awarded to Mladen Kušec, the Croatian Radio and Television journalist and editor.
As the Croatian Journalists’ Association reports, on their 110th birthday, journalistic awards were given for the best works published in 2019. The awards were presented in nine categories, and eight journalists were awarded.
With 194 votes, journalist Đurđica Klancir from the net.hr portal was named a journalist of the year for 2019.
“In my thirty years of journalism, I went through a lot from a novice journalist to the editor-in-chief in several newsrooms. I have been fired several times for advocating for true journalism. I must say that sometimes it is difficult to find an editorial office that would accept journalists with a firm, clear, and honest attitude. Therefore, I thank my editorial staff net.hr and its editor-in-chief who allowed me to start again as an ordinary journalist and to show that knowledge and skills cannot be lost,” said Klancir. She added that we should be brave and not become shadows but fair and honest journalists.
Andrej Dimitrijevic from Telegram, who received 162 votes, and 24sata journalist Ivan Pandzic with 133 votes, were also nominated. In total, 118 journalists competed, while 506 journalists voted, and 27 ballots were invalid.
The Otokar Keršovani Lifetime Achievement Award was posthumously awarded to Mladen Kušec, journalist and editor from HRT, who died last month. His son Goran received his award. Mladen Kušec was an exceptional individual who, in his journalistic career of more than half a century, has almost imperceptibly preserved all the features of “eternal” journalism – one that is curious, that notices, that researches, deepen,s and refines.
Croatian Journalists’ Association awarded more Croatian journalists:
Marija Jurić Zagorka Award for Written Journalism – Goran Gerovac, editor and columnist at Večernji list
Marija Jurić Zagorka Award for Radio Journalism – Mirjana Radulović, journalist at non-profit radio community Radio Rojc, Pula
Marija Jurić Zagorka Award for Television Journalism – Silvana Menđušić, RTL Television
Award for cinematography Žarko Kaić – Zoran Marinović, cameraman and reporter of Nova TV
Marija Jurić Zagorka Award for Internet Journalism and Jasna Babić Award for Investigative Journalism – Andrej Dimitrijević, journalist at Telegram
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