2017 Norbert Zongo Journalism Award for African Journalists


Norbert Zongo National Press Centre, based in Burkina Faso is delighted to invite applicants for its competition. This competition  is primarily for journalists who have also met the eligibility criteria for this program.

 About the Award: The Norbert Zongo investigative prize is an award of excellence to reward the best works of investigative journalism.The Prize is opened to all the professional journalists of Africa regularly employed in press or collaborating with African press.

Application Deadline: 30th August 2017

Eligible Countries: African countries

To Be Taken At (Country): Burkina Faso

Type: Contest

Eligibility: Works must be published or broadcast between May 3, 2015 and May 3, 2017

The competition will be in three categories : News Papers, Radio and Television. 
Newspapers – send the original and a copy of the story. 
Television – send 2 DVD copies of the story or a file. 
Radio – send 2 audio CDs of the story or a file.

Selection Criteria: 

  • The professionalism of the author (through the respect of deontology) ;
  • “search for information” strategies ;
  • Relevance and originality of the covered subject ;
  • Interest of topic approached (can it be exploited) ;
  • Evidence of the difficulties encountered by the author (checking the various sources of information for reliability)
  • The editorial style (concrete, lively and accessible to everyone)


  • The members will be chosen by the Norbert Zongo National Press Center, among highly skilled professionals of communication, famous defenders of the freedom of the press and human rights, established reputation on the African continent.
  • It will consist of five (05) to seven (07) members

Number of Awards: 6

Value of Award: The winner of every category will receive a diploma, a trophy and One Million CFA francs (1.000.000 CFA).

First prize of any category : the “GOLD SEBGO” 2013
The jury will attribute the award of excellence : SEBGO GOLD (pen name of Norbert Zongo) to the best work of the three awards. The winner will receive an additional sum of one million (1 000. 000) CFA francs, a diploma and a trophy symbolizing “SEBGO GOLD.”

How to Apply: The application must include :

-  a declaration of candidature on a plain paper with a complete indication of the identity of the candidate (last name, first names, pseudonym) ;
-  a certificate of the media confirming his membership or his collaboration with the media which have published his work
-  a C.V of the candidate, bearing his photograph
-  a handwritten and signed declaration authorizing the Norbert Zongo National Press Center to use his name, his voice, his images and the whole of the work in case he is a winner, without any compensation and on all media supports, within the framework of publicity and public relations or information on the Prize.

Visit the Program Webpage for Details

Award Providers: Norbert Zongo National Press Centre,

Important Notes: The works in French or English can be sent by e-mail to cnpress@cnpress-zongo.org or cnpnzongo@gmail.com and originals by regular post, the postmark authentic.

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