The decision was taken at the forum’s annual general meeting last week and it is to recognize “work that raises the quality of journalism in the country”.
A statement by the EFN said the funds raised at a dinner late in September in celebration of the International Day of Universal Access to Information will be used to support the operations of the media ombudsman.
“Information about the categories for entries, the closing date and the date of the awards ceremony will be communicated to journalists early next year” the statement read.
This announcement comes nearly a decade after the last such awards were held in 2010, when they were still being hosted under the auspices of the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA).
Then, awards were presented in categories such as best feature writer, best community reporter, best columnist, journalism photographer of the year, best news photo, best feature photo, and best sports photo.
Criteria for awarding the best journalists included accuracy and balance, creativity and fairness, significance and effectiveness, enterprise and ingenuity, quality of writing and mastering of style, quality of research and sources used as well as adherence to journalistic standards and ethics.
Past winners include veteran freelance journalist John Grobler (Journalist of the Year 2007) and 2010 best community reporter Die Republikein’s Des Erasmus for his piece on "Erongo"