African Journalists Awards Open for Entries


CNN International, in partnership with MultiChoice has announced the opening of entries for the CNN MultiChoice African Journalist 2014 awards competition. It is therefore calling for entries from journalists creating contents targeting African audiences.

The 2014 competition for African nationals is open to journalists working in any medium. The competition will recognize excellence in the following categories: Culture Award, The Coca-Cola Company Economics and Business Award, GE Energy and Infrastructure Award, Environment Award, MSD Health and Medical Award, News Impact Award, Mohamed Amin Photographic Award, Press Freedom Award, Sport Reporting Award, Francophone General News Awards (electronic and print media), and Portuguese Language General News Awards (electronic and print media).

Finalists in the 2014 competition will participate in a finalists’ programme that will include a media forum and networking opportunities with senior journalists, editors, business leaders and media owners from across the continent, culminating in a gala awards ceremony later in the year. An independent judging panel will choose the overall winner.

The overall winner of CNN MultiChoice African Journalist 2014 awards will also have the opportunity to participate in the CNN Journalism Fellowship at CNN Headquarters in Atlanta.

The Executive Vice President and Managing Director of CNN International, Tony Maddox, said: “Since the very beginning, these Awards have discovered and rewarded superlative African journalism across the continent.

“With even more of Africa’s storytellers now able to share their work with us, we expect even more outstanding entries. The categories this year also perfectly mirror the reality of today’s Africa’s multi-platform media scene. As Africa’s leading news provider, we’re delighted to play our part in supporting the excellent journalism these Awards yield annually,” he added.

Speaking on the awards, Imtiaz Patel, Group CEO for MultiChoice South Africa, said: “MultiChoice South Africa is proud of our continued involvement in these awards. We are particularly proud to play a role in amplifying the voice of journalists across the African continent; it’s vital that the stories of Africa and its people are heard across the world. We look forward to hearing the stories as told by the entrants into the 2014 competition.”

The deadline for submission of entries is June 6, 2014.

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