Michael Elliott Award for Excellence in African Storytelling

Michael Elliott Award for Excellence in African Storytelling

Michael Elliott Award for Excellence in African Storytelling

The Michael Elliott Award for Excellence in African Storytelling, collaboration between the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ), the ONE Campaign, and the Elliott family, honors up-and-coming journalists in Africa who strives to strengthen people's voices and illuminate the transformational change taking place on the continent.

Thanks to the award’s many donors and the generous support of The Economist, ICFJ is pleased to announce that in 2021 they are expanding the competition to honor two award winners who published groundbreaking journalistic work.

This prestigious annual award honors an emerging journalist in Africa who strives to strengthen people's voices and illuminate the transformational change taking place on the continent.

Award Information

The two 2021 winners will also receive a $5,000 cash prize.

Eligibility Criteria

  • The contest is open to English-speaking journalists working in Africa for print, broadcast and online news media. Applicants must have no more than 10 years of journalism experience.
  • Applicants must submit one published piece that exemplifies Africa through thoughtful reporting and excellent storytelling.

    They are looking for impactful investigative or explanatory pieces, especially those that illuminate transformational change in Africa.

  • A copy of the published story or broadcast clip must be submitted in English.

    Works in other languages must include English translations. We welcome submissions from print, broadcast or digital journalists. Multimedia submissions may include web, audio, video, visual or mixed media.

  • The submitted story must be published between December 1, 2019, and December 1, 2020.

    For more information and application details, see; Michael Elliott Award for Excellence in African Storytelling

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