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Rewarding Journalistic Excellence in Africa [$7,000+] | Africa Fact-Checking Awards | Wirkish, 2021

Deadline: August 1st, 2021

Now in its 8th year, African Fact-Checking Awards, the longest-running awards programme that honours fact-checking journalism by the media in Africa, is currently accepting entries from Journalists and Journalism students across the continent for its 2021 edition.

To qualify, the entry must be an original piece of fact-checking journalism first published or broadcast on any date from 23 August 2020 to 31 July 2021, by a media- or independent fact-checking organisation based in Africa. The work may be published in print or online, broadcast on the radio or television or published in a blog. 

In the student category, the entry must be an original piece of fact-checking journalism first published or broadcast in a blog, student publication or by a media- or independent fact-checking organisation based in Africa.

Entries should expose a claim on an important topic, that originated in or is relevant to Africa, as misleading or wrong.

What counts as a fact-checking report?

If you are thinking about entering the African Fact-Checking Awards, a word of advice: don’t submit a traditional news report.
Great traditional reporting is important but what they want is a great piece of fact-checking journalism.
Find out what they’re looking for.

The categories include:

  • Fact-Check of the Year by a Working Journalist
  • Fact-Check of the Year by a Student Journalist
  • One runner-up in each of the two categories above 

The winner of the working journalist category will get a prize of US$3,000, while the runner-up will be awarded $1,500. The winner of the student journalist category will get a prize of $2,000, and the runner-up $1,000. 

Candidates can only enter for the awards in one category per year, but can submit more than one report if they choose. Students must have attended a journalism school at some period between 23 August 2020 and 31 July 2021 and be younger than 35.

Reports already published by Africa Check are not eligible for the competition.

Entries will be judged based on the following criteria:

  • Significance
    The significance for wider society of the claim/statement investigated. How much does the topic matter to society at large and how serious could the consequences be if the claim wasn’t fact-checked?
  • Testing
    How was the claim tested against the available evidence? Fact-checkers must take a long, hard look at the claim/statement that was made. Fact-checking entails rigorously sifting through the publicly available evidence for and against the claim. This should be done in a way that is fair to the person or institution who made the claim and strict in assessing the evidence.
  • Presentation
    How well does the piece present the evidence for and against the claim? A good fact-checking report is structured in such a way that it’s understandable and makes the topic accessible to the widest possible public. 
  • Impact
    The impact that the fact-check had on public debate on the topic. Did it lead to a correction, did it have significant reach, or was it shared by other organisations or members of the media, for instance?

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