African Fact-Checking Awards 2017

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applications are currently invited for the African Fact-Checking Awards 2017. The Awards, now in their fourth edition, are the only awards on the continent set up specifically to honour the best, non-partisan fact-checking journalism by working and student journalists on the continent. In their first year, 2014, the awards were won by two journalists from Ghana, and the runners-up came from Kenya and Zambia. In 2015, the winner came from Nigeria and runner-up from South Africa.

In 2016, they added a category for reports published in Francophone media. The awards were won by journalists from Cameroon and Cote d’Ivoire, with runners-up from Nigeria and Swaziland. In 2017, they’ve added a student category. As fact-checking continues to become an essential skill for any mainstream journalist to acquire, they hope that journalism schools around the continent will want to enter their students for these important awards.

Since launching the awards, Africa Check has run them in partnership with the African Media Initiative (AMI) with support from the AFP news agency and the Shuttleworth Foundation. This year, the awards will be held in partnership with the Global Investigative Journalism Network, at the GIJN conference in Johannesburg, South Africa in November 2017.

Categories

  • Awards for working journalists
    • Best fact-checking report by a journalist in Anglophone media
    • Best fact-checking report by a journalist in Francophone media
  • Awards for students
    • Best fact-checking report by a student journalist published in Anglophone campus media or blog
    • Best fact-checking report by a student journalist published in Francophone campus media or blog

Prizes

To honour this year’s awards winners and runners-up, they are offering the following prizes:

  • $2,000 each for the winner of the best fact-checking report by a journalist
  • $1,000 each for the two runners-up in Anglophone and Francophone media
  • $500 each for winner of the best report by a student journalist in Anglophone and Francophone media

Eligibility

  • If you work for an African media house or are studying journalism at a journalism college on the continent, you can submit your report published or broadcast between September 1, 2016 and August 31, 2017 that fact-checks an important claim made in public debate or the media;
  • Entries for this competition must be the original work of the individual or team identified in the entry form as the author.

Judging Criteria

Entries must be true fact-checking reports that focus solely on investigating fairly the accuracy of a claim made in public debate.

Criteria for judging entries:

  • The significance for wider society of the claim that was investigated
  • How well the claim was tested against the available evidence
  • How well the piece presented the evidence for and against the claim
  • The impact that the publication had on public debate on the topic

Application Process

Entries are now open and can be submitted until midnight GMT on August 31, 2017. For more details please contact

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