Award for Excellence in African Storytelling: Call for Entries


The International Centre for Journalists (ICFJ) in conjunction with ONE and the Elliott family call for entries for the inaugural 2017 Michael Elliott Award for Excellence in African Storytelling.
The annual award is to honour an emerging journalist who tells important stories through quality reporting.
The contest is open to journalists working for print, broadcast and online news media based in Africa. Only English-language submissions or translations will be accepted.
Applicants who are in the early stages of their career must submit a well-reported piece or series that reflects top-notch storytelling about important issues in Africa.
Applicants can also feature stories; in-depth, investigative or explanatory pieces; multimedia reports or documentaries.
The award winner will receive a $5,000 cash prize to pursue an in-depth reporting project. The winner will also spend time in U.S. newsrooms to learn new skills and receive mentorship from ICFJ, helping to catalyze additional reporting that engages and empowers Africans; and the winner will be recognized at ICFJ’s Board Dinner in New York on May 31, 2017.
Applicants should submit their entries online by 11:59 p.m., U.S. Eastern time, Monday, January 30, 2017.
Further details about the Award can be found on the program page. Enquiries should be directed to Alyssa Mesich ( or 202.349.7623.)