African Fact-Checking Awards

July 17, 2017
Une traduction pour cet article est disponible en Français

The fourth African Fact-Checking Awards honour the best, non-partisan fact-checking journalism by working and student journalists in Africa.

This year, the awards will be held in partnership with the Global Investigative Journalism Network, at the GIJN conference in Johannesburg, South Africa, in November 2017.

To be eligible, you must work for an African media house or study journalism at an African journalism college.

All submissions must have been published or broadcast between September 1, 2016 and August 31, 2017, and must fact-check an important claim made in public debate or in the media.

Awards include:

  • the best fact-checking report by a journalist in Anglophone media;
  • the best fact-checking report by a journalist in Francophone media;
  • the best fact-checking report by a student journalist published in Anglophone campus media or blogs; and
  • the best fact-checking report by a student journalist published in Francophone campus media or blogs.

Entries must be true fact-checking reports that focus solely on fairly investigating the accuracy of a claim made in public debate. To know what sort of pieces win, take a look at the previous winners.

Judging criteria include:

  • The significance for wider society of the claim that was investigated.
  • How well 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.

 

Prizes include:

  • $2,000 US each for the winner of the best fact-checking report by a journalist
  • $1,000 each for the two runners-up in Anglophone and Francophone media
  • $500 each for winner of the best report by a student journalist in Anglophone and Francophone media

Entries will be accepted until August 31, 2017.

 

For more details, contact: info@africacheck.org