(CP-Africa)- CNN has officially launched the 2011 CNN MultiChoice African Journalist Awards. According to Tony Maddox, Executive Vice President and Managing Director of CNN International, the CNN MultiChoice African Journalist Awards has been encouraging excellence in journalism across the continent for 16 years and are truly a highlight in CNN’s editorial calendar. “I’m delighted that they continue to grow in stature and prestige, and it’s a humbling experience each year to see and experience such dedication, passion and talent. 2011 promises to be another year of stellar African journalism,” he said.
The Award for journalists across the African Continent is established to reinforce the importance of the role of journalists in Africa’s development and to reward, recognize and encourage journalistic talent across all media disciplines.
Categories for entry:
This year, the competition will recognize excellence in the following categories:
- Arts & Culture Award
- Digital Journalism Award
- Economics & Business Award
- Environment Award
- Free Press Africa Award
- The HIV/AIDS Reporting Award
- Mohamed Amin Photographic Award
- MSD Health & Medical Award
- Print General News Award
- Radio General News Award
- Sport Award
- Television Features Award
- Television News Bulletin Award
- Tourism Award
- Francophone General News Awards
- Portuguese Language General News Award
Who can apply?
The competition is open to African nationals who are professional journalists including freelancers across print, television, internet, photographic and radio. Finalists in the 2011 competition will participate in a four day finalists’ programme that will include a media forum and networking opportunities with senior journalists, editors, business leaders and media owners from across the continent, culminating in a gala awards ceremony in June, 2011. All finalists receive a cash prize and each category winner also receives a laptop and printer. The CNN MultiChoice African Journalist 2011 will receive an additional cash prize and a trip to CNN Center in Atlanta.
Deadline for application: 27 January 2011
Rules of Entry
· The Competition is open to African professional journalists, whether directly employed or freelancers, working in the continent of Africa for African owned media organisations or media organisations headquartered in the continent of Africa and who have produced a story which has been made available as a printed publication or broadcast through an electronic medium (television; radio or website) primarily targeted at and received by an African audience.
* The judges, at their discretion, may also consider entries from African journalists filing stories from African countries for media who, for political reasons, are headquartered outside Africa but continue to produce media primarily targeted at and received by an African audience.
* All entrants must be an African National and be at least eighteen years of age.
* No entry fee is payable
* To continue the development of journalism on the continent, journalists that have been winners in this competition on three or more occasions will be ineligible to enter.
* Each entry must have been first published or broadcast in African media in 2010. Proof of publication must be submitted with your entry. Images that are available for download on agency websites and have not appeared in African media will not be eligible.
* The Competition is held in English, French and Portuguese languages, translations from other languages will not be accepted.
* Applicants are strictly limited to a maximum of two entries across all categories of the Competition.
* The Competition will be judged by a panel of distinguished, independent judges with appropriate knowledge and experience of journalistic practices in Africa. The panel of judges will be determined by TBSEL and/or MultiChoice in its/their sole discretion and will meet in April 2011. Panel members cannot vote on work entered by their organisation, employees or family members.
* Journalists selected by the panel of judges will be taken to a finalists’ programme in South Africa. TBSEL shall pay for and arrange all flights, transportation accommodation and scheduled meals. TBSEL shall also reimburse the finalists for the costs of applying for Visas and any other documentation required for travel, however, all other costs (apart from those highlighted herein and unless advised by TBSEL shall be each finalist’s sole responsibility. Finalists will be expected to be available for the duration of the programme and participate fully in the calendar of events which are expected to take place on those dates as advised by TBSEL.
* One of the category winners will be selected as the CNN MultiChoice African Journalist 2011. Subject to compliance with any legal or immigration requirement as necessary, the CNN MultiChoice African Journalist 2011 Award winner will be offered a return flight and accommodation at CNN Headquarters in Atlanta, USA. No cash alternative is available.
The winners of these prestigious annual Awards will be announced at a gala ceremony to be held in Johannesburg, South Africa in June 2011.
To learn more and/or to send in your application, click here