The African Press Organization (APO), has announced the opening of entries for its 2014 Media Award.
The APO Media Award coming up in September 2014 is open to African journalists and bloggers, whether directly employed or freelancers, working in the continent of Africa who have produced a story that has been broadcast or published in English, French, Portuguese or Arabic in the form of a printed publication, a television feature, a radio story, a website or a blog and whose primary audience is based in Africa.
The first-place winner of the APO Media Award will receive: $500 a month for one year; a laptop; one intercontinental flight ticket to a destination of his or her choice; and one year access to over 600 airports VIP lounges worldwide. The second-place winner will receive $300 a month for one year, while the third-place winner will receive $200 a month for one year.
The award, according to the organisers, celebrates brilliant and inspiring stories about Africa. The subject matter may comprise a single topic or a variety of subjects, including; business, economy, technology, agriculture, health, energy, gender, logistics, tourism, motoring, aviation, not-for-profit issues, diplomacy, environment, mining, entertainment and more.
Stories must have been broadcast or published between January and August 2014. Entries are judged on content, writing, analysis, creativity, human interest and community impact.
All stories must be submitted in electronic format such as:
a) Print: upload the scan(s) of the published article.
b) Radio: upload the SoundCloud link ( https://soundcloud.com).
c) Website: upload the URL.
d) TV: upload the YouTube link.
TV material must first be uploaded to YouTube (www.youtube.com) and radio material to SoundCloud (www.soundcloud.com) before submission.
The deadline for entries is September 1 , 2014. Finalists will be announced on September 15, 2014 and the winners will be announced on September 29, 2014.
Interested applicants can visit www.apo-opa.com for more information.