Africa Check is an independent, nonprofit and non-partisan organisation that started its operations in June 2012. This organization evaluates claims made in the public arena using journalistic skills and evidence drawn from the latest online tools, readers, public sources and experts, sorting fact from fiction and publishing the results. They ‘re also in the business of training journalists on how to check facts.
The African Fact-Checking Awards, in partnership with the Global Investigative Journalism Network, will honour the best, working and student journalists on the continent.
The awards will be held at the GIJN conference in Johannesburg, South Africa in November 2017 .
The African Fact-Checking Awards however, calls on reporters who work for an Africa-based media organisation, or students studying journalism in Africa.
If you work for an African media house or studying journalism at a journalism college on the continent, you can submit your report published or broadcast between 1 September 2016 and 31 August 2017 that fact-checks an important
Entries must be true fact-checking reports that focus solely on investigating fairly the accuracy of a claim made in public debate. To know what sort of pieces win, take a look at the previous winners.
To be eligible for the award, the entry must be an original piece of fact-checking journalism first published or broadcast between 1 September 2016 and 31 August 2017, by a media house based in Africa. The work may be published in print or online, broadcast on the radio or television or published in a blog. Candidates may enter more than one report if they so choose.
Reports published by Africa Check are not eligible for the competition.
Criteria for judging entries:
- 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
Citizens of ALL African countries
Any work published by ANY media house in Africa — in print or online, on radio or television broadcast, or published on a blog
Number of awards
1). Awards for working journalists
- Best fact-checking report by a journalist in Anglophone media
- Best fact-checking report by a journalist in Francophone media
2). Awards for students
- Best fact-checking report by a student journalist published in Anglophone campus media or blog
- Best fact-checking report by a student journalist published in Francophone campus media or blog
This year the total prize money has been increased. To honour this year’s awards winners and runners-up, Africa Check is offering the following prizes:
- $2,000 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
Method of Application
Entries for this competition must be received by the organisers via the online entry form in either French or English. No other means of sending in entries is allowed. Applications are open for journalists and students interested in submitting fact-finding stories they have investigated and reported between 1 September 2016 and 31 August this year.
Interested participants should visit the official award webpage (link to it is below) for complete information on how to apply.
The names of the winners and runners-up will be announced at a ceremony to be held in Nairobi in October.
Application Deadline: 31 August 2017
Open to International Applicants: