The tour comes right on the heels of the call for nominations for the award in line with the new structure of the award, which not only did away with or merged some of the old categories, but also added new ones such as young talent and online journalism.
The General Secretariat of the award, based in Dubai Press Club, revealed that the promotion tours would consist of three phases, the first of which was already kicked off within the UAE. The second phase, starting tomorrow, will cover Qatar, Syria and Lebanon while the third one will take the DPC delegation to countries of North Africa, such as Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria and Egypt.
During the tour, the delegation will hold numerous meetings across the spectrum of the Arab media to persuade various media organizations to maximize their participation in the award program in terms of submitting entries from journalists of all hues.
Meanwhile, the General Secretariat has already begun receiving entries from journalists across the region. It is expected that the number of entries this year will far exceed that of last year, which was well over 3000 entries. The last date for receiving entries is January 14, 2010.
The constitution of the judging panels is currently underway, which will see the appointment of around 60 judges with five or six adjudicating in each category. The names of the judges will be revealed only on the day of the distribution of the awards.
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