African Fact-Checking Awards Open, Receiving Entries

Anim van Wyk, Editor, African Fact Check
Anim van Wyk, Editor, African Fact Check

Entries are open for the African Fact-Checking Awards 2018 edition for Africa-based journalists. The African Fact-Checking Awards each year honours journalism by Africa-based media in the emerging field of fact-checking and is now in  its fifth year, and continues to grow.

This year’s awards are grouped into four categories: the fact-check of the year & runner-up (for a single piece of work); fact-checking series of the year & runner up (for a body of work); fact-check of the year by a student & runner-up (a single piece of work done by a journalism student); and fact of the year (most striking statistic first published or broadcast that year – voted for by readers).

The winners of the awards for best fact-checking report and best fact-checking series will each go away with a prize of $2,000 while two runners-up will take home prizes of $1,000 each. The winner of the award for best fact-checking report by a student journalist will take away a prize of $1,000 and the runner-up will scoop $500. The names of the winners and runners-up will be announced at a ceremony to be held in Johannesburg, South Africa, in October.

To be eligible for the awards, an applicants’ entry must be an original piece of fact-checking journalism first published or broadcast between September 1, 2017 and August 15, 2018 by a media house based in Africa or produced as coursework.

Applicants 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.

For the student category, the candidate must also have attended a journalism school in Africa at some period between September 1, 2017 and August 15, 2018.

Entries can be published or broadcast in any language but for them to be considered, if they were not originally done in English or French, a translation into English or French must be provided.

Applications close on August 15, 2018

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