MFWA Calls for Entries for Second Edition of Regional Media Awards

Sulemana Braimah, MFWA Executive Director
Sulemana Braimah, MFWA Executive Director

The Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) is calling for entries for the second edition of the West Africa Media Excellence Conference and Awards (WAMECA) which is slated for October 12 and 13, 2018 in Accra, Ghana.

The Awards Ceremony will also honour West African journalists who have produced compelling works which have had a significant impact on society. The Awards are opened to journalists from print, electronic and online media in Anglophone, Francophone and Lusophone countries in West Africa.

WAMECA is an initiative of the Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) to promote media excellence in the sub-region. The Conference will deliberate on key challenges to media development and explore ways in which stakeholders can effectively support the media to promote good governance, regional integration, and peace in West Africa.

WAMECA 2018 will honour outstanding works of journalism in West Africa in the following categories: Telecoms Reporting, ICTs Reporting, Oil and Gas Reporting, Banking and Finance Reporting, Business and SMEs Reporting, Environmental Reporting, SDGs Reporting, Investigative Reporting, Anti-Corruption Reporting, Human Rights Reporting, Health Reporting, ECOWAS and Regional Integration Reporting, Peace and Security Reporting and Photo Journalism.

Applicants must be West African, working with and for media organisation(s) based in West Africa. An Entry for the Awards must have been published or broadcast between the period January 1 to December 31, 2017.

Interested applicants should upload published works via the entry form, here. The entry should be an original work published through a media outlet in West Africa and must show the date of publication/broadcast and the medium in which the work was published. Applicants may submit entries to a maximum of two categories. For each category, a maximum of two entries is permitted.

Finalists for the awards will be hosted at West Africa Media Excellence Conference on October 12-13 2018, where the awards ceremony will be held. The Conference will feature sessions on topical journalism issues and also provide opportunities for networking among journalists, editors, and experts from West Africa.

The deadline for the submission of the entries is on June 30, 2018, at 17.00 GMT. Finalists for WAMECA 2018 Awards will be announced on September 11, 2018.