Winners and runners-up of the 2017 African Fact-checking Awards held at Wits University Great Hall. Picture: Daylin Paul.

Now in their fifth year, the African Fact-Checking Awards are the only awards that each year honour journalism by Africa-based media in the emerging field of fact-checking.

They continue to grow.This year, we received over 150 entries from more than 20 countries, from Ethiopia and Egypt in the north to South Africa and Zimbabwe in the South.

Entries closed at midnight GMT on 19 August 2018 and are now being evaluated by an international jury. The winners and runners-up will be named at a ceremony in Johannesburg in late October.

The judging process

The entries will be judged on the following four criteria:

  • The significance for wider society of the claim investigated
  • How the claim was tested against the available evidence.
  • How well the piece presented the evidence for and against the claim
  • The impact that the publication had on public debate on the topic.

The shortlist will be unveiled in mid-September 2018 – do be on the lookout!.

Fact of the year

Pssst – you can still vote for the Fact of the year – which is the most striking statistic published on between September 2017 and August 2018. Voting closes 5 October 2018.