Ministry of Finance and Mass Media has decided to annually conduct the Presidential Media Awards in appreciation of the effort ofthe journalists in establishing an excellent media culture in the country and to evaluate their qualitative contribution therein.

All journalists / Heads of Media institutions are hereby invited to submit their creations published / broadcast / telecast in print, electronic and web media during year 2017.

Submission of Creations

Presidential Media Awards is organized at national level to evaluate media articles and eligible creations in Sinhala, Tamil and English languages can be submitted for awards.


  1. Articles and reports published / broadcast / telecast for the first time in newspapers, radio, television and websites from 01.01.2017 to 31.12.2017 will be considered for awards. Repeated programs will not be considered.

  2. Only the creative work published / broadcast / telecast in local media can be submitted.

  3. Creative work submitted for awards should be original and they should be submitted through the Heads of Media institutions as far as possible. Or else journalists themselves can independently submit their creative work upon confirmation of originality.

  4. Media category and the language of the creative work should be clearly indicated in the application.

  5. One candidate can apply for more than one award category. Maximum three creative works can be submitted for one award while separate applications should be forwarded for each creation.

  6. Heads of institutions or Editors may submit creations published / broadcast / telecast in their newspaper / channel /website on behalf of the owner of the creation.

  7. (a) Duly completed applications submitted for newspaper category should be enclosed with the original article or a certified copy of the original article.

    (b) Applications submitted for radio category should be enclosed with a playable DVD of the program.

    (c) Applications submitted for television category should also be enclosed with a playable DVD. Creations submitted in data format will be rejected.

    (d) Applications for the web category should be submitted along with a certified printed copy and it is mandatory to mention the Hyperlink in the respective place of the google sheet opened by the Ministry of Finance and Mass Media.

  8. Applications submitted for every event in above (a), (b), (c) and (d) categories along with the DVD / certified copies should be sent under registered post in an envelope mentioning ‘Presidential Media Awards – 2018 and the Event No (as listed in the leaflet) on the top left hand corner. Creations could not be sent under registered post may be personally handed over. Applications for (07) (a), (b), (c) and (d) above will be accepted only from 10.00 a. m. to 3.00 p.m. on weekdays and the applications will be closed at 4.00 p.m. on 31st August 2018

  9. Incomplete applications will not be entertained. Application and the leaflet can be downloaded from . Creative work submitted along with applications will not be returned after evaluation.


Additional Secretary (Development & Planning)
Ministry of Finance and Mass Media
No. 163,
Kirulapone Avenue,
Colombo 05

You may contact Director (Development) via 011-2513644, Assistant Secretary (Development) via011-2513451 or Development Division via 011-2513737 for more details.

Dr. R. H. S. Samarathunga
Ministry of Finance and Mass Media

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