August 18, 2016

African Fact-Checking Awards for African Journalists

African Fact-Checking Awards 2016

Program(s) Offered: Journalism
Program Level: Contest
Provider: Africa Check; African Media Initiative
Country to Study in: Kenya

Scholarship Description
The African Fact-Checking Awards, that each year honour journalism by Africa-based media in the new and exciting field of fact-checking, are in their third year, and are growing.

After receiving entries from journalists in just a handful of countries in its first year, the African Fact-Checking Awards hopes this year for entries from journalists in at least 20 countries, and have created awards for reports published in English and in French.

So if you are working as a reporter for an Africa-based media organisation, please get in touch if you publish or broadcast a report between 1 September 2015 and 31 August this year, exposing a false claim on an important topic made by a public figure or institution in Africa.

African Fact-Checking Awards

To be eligible for the award, the entry must be an original piece of fact-checking journalism first published or broadcast between 1 September 2015 and 31 August 2016, by a media house based in Africa.

The work may be published in print or online, broadcast on the radio or television or published in a blog.

Reports published by Africa Check are not eligible for the competition.

Candidates may enter more than one report if they so choose.

Selection criteria:
A six-member jury of eminent journalists from across Africa will be announced in July.
All entries sent into the competition before midnight on 31 August 2016 will be judged on the following four criteria.
  • The significance for wider society of the claim investigated
  • How 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
Eligible groups
Citizens of ALL African countries

Participating Institutions
Any work published by ANY media house in Africa -- in print or online, on radio or television broadcast, or published in a blog

Number of awards
Three (3) awardees will be granted

Scholarship benefits
This year we are increasing total prize money to $6,000. The winner of the awards for best fact-checking report by a journalist working in English, and best fact-checking report by a journalist working in French, will each take away a prize of $2,000. And two overall runners-up will take away prizes of $1,000 each.

Method of Application
Entries for this competition must be received by the organisers via the online entry form in either French or English. No other means of sending in entries is allowed. Applications are open for journalists interested in submitting fact-finding stories they have investigated and reported between 1 September 2015 and 31 August this year.

Interested participants should visit the official award webpage (link to it is below) for complete information on how to apply.

All applications must be submitted before midnight on 31st August, 2016

The names of the winners and runners-up will be announced at a ceremony to be held in Nairobi in October.

The African Fact-Checking Awards are operated in partnership with the African Media Initiative, the largest media industry body on the continent.

For democracy to function, public figures need to be held to account for what they say. The claims they make need to be checked, openly and impartially. Africa Check is an independent, nonprofit and non-partisan organisation started in June 2012 which assesses claims made in the public arena using journalistic skills and evidence drawn from the latest online tools, readers, public sources and experts, sorting fact from fiction and publishing the results.

Its website is partnered with the School of Journalism at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa to support the training of journalists on how to check facts asserted by politicians and other media outlets.

Application Deadline: 31 August 2016
Open to International Applicants: Yes

More Scholarship Information and Application

Related: Scholarships in Kenya for International Students

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