Are you a reporter or presenter working for an Africa-based media house? Has a report you published or broadcast exposed a misleading claim from a public figure or institution?
These awards, sponsored jointly by Africa Check and the AFP Foundation, the non-profit media training arm of the AFP news agency, are the first to be set up specifically to honour the works of African journalists who expose misleading claims made by leading public figures and powerful institutions around the continent.
A winner, who will receive a prize of two thousand euros, and two runners up who will each receive one thousand euros, will be announced at a ceremony to be held in Africa in November 2014.
How to enter
If the piece you wish to enter for the competition is not online, but print or broadcast, send a link to a PDF of the piece or a recording of the broadcast.
Entries are now open and will close at midnight GMT on 31 August 2014. The winner and runners up of the award will be announced in November 2014.
The competition criteria
A six-member jury of eminent journalists from Europe and Africa will be formed to judge the entries. The names of the panel will be announced here.
To be eligible, entries must be original pieces of journalism that investigate a claim made by a public figure or institution in Africa and must expose it, based on the best available evidence, as wrong or misleading.
The piece must have been published or broadcast for the first time by a media house based in Africa between 1 September 2013 and 31 August 2014.
The work may be the work of an individual or a team. It may have appeared in print, online or on radio or television. It may have been first published or broadcast in any language but to be eligible, a version in either French or English must be presented alongside the original. An individual may offer up to two entries for the competition.
The entries for the competition will all be judged on the following four criteria.
- The significance of the claim- What impact it could have had if not exposed?
- The approach to the evidence – Was evidence for and against the claim examined in a non-partisan manner?
- The presentation – How clearly was the evidence presented?
- The challenges faced and overcome in assessing the claim – How hard was it to fact-check the claim?
Current staff of Africa Check and the AFP news agency may not apply for this award.
The winners to be announced in November
A winner, who will receive a prize of two thousand euros, and two runners up who will each receive one thousand euros, will be announced at a ceremony to be held in Africa in November 2014. The decision of the jury shall be final.