Applications Invited for 2024 African Fact-Checking Awards

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Noko Makgato, Executive Director, African Check

The African Fact-Checking Awards, now entering its 11th year, has opened applications for the 2024 cycle, inviting journalists, journalism students, and professional fact-checkers from across Africa to apply.

Entries must demonstrate that a claim about an important topic relevant to Africa is either misleading or incorrect and should have been first published or broadcast between July 1, 2023, and July 14, 2024.

The prestigious African Fact-Checking Awards programme features three distinct categories, each designed to recognize outstanding contributions to fact-checking. These are: Fact-Check of the Year by a Working Journalist, Fact-Check of the Year by a Professional Fact-Checker, and Fact-Check of the Year by a Student Journalist. These categories celebrate excellence in investigative journalism and critical analysis, highlighting efforts to uphold accuracy and transparency in reporting across Africa.

Winners in the working journalist and professional fact-checker categories will be awarded $3,000 each, while runners-up will receive $1,500. The student journalist category winner will receive $2,000, with the runner-up receiving $1,000. The deadline for submissions is midnight GMT on July 14, 2024.

To qualify, entries must adhere to specific eligibility criteria, including being the original work of the entrant, addressing a claim relevant to Africa, and having been published or broadcast within the specified timeframe. Entries must be submitted via the official entry form and must be in English or French, with translations provided for entries in other languages.

Entries will be judged based on their significance to society, the rigor with which claims are tested against available evidence, the clarity and accessibility of the presentation, and the impact of the fact-check on public discourse. Judges retain the right to reclassify entries if necessary and expect participants to accept their decisions as final. Winners may also be required to engage in media activities to discuss their winning entries.

For detailed terms, category descriptions, and submission guidelines, interested applicants are encouraged to visit the official webpage of the African Fact-Checking Awards 2024 at https://www.examplelink.com.

This initiative not only celebrates excellence in fact-checking journalism but also promotes accountability and transparency across the African media landscape, fostering a culture of integrity and accuracy in reporting.