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African Fact-Checking Awards

Organisation: Africa Check

  • Eligibility criteria:
    – Eligibility criteria depends on categories, please find all criterias below.
  • Type of funding: Awards
  • Target countries: Africa
  • Application language: English, French

Entries for the 2022 awards are now open to journalists, journalism students, and a newly added category of professional fact-checkers – across the continent.

The African Fact-Checking Awards, the longest-running awards program honoring fact-checking journalism by the media in Africa, are in their ninth year.

The fact-check should conclude that a claim about an important topic, originating in or relevant to Africa, is either misleading or wrong.

The awards have three categories, with honors going to a winner and a runner-up. The categories are:

  • Fact -Check of the Year by a Working Journalist
  • Fact-Check of the Year by a Professional Fact-Checker
  • Fact-Check of the Year by a Student Journalist

Eligibility Criteria

Fact-Check of the Year by a Working Journalist

  • Only journalists who do not work for fact-checking organizations are eligible to enter in this category.
  • The entry must have been published or broadcast for the first time by a media- or independent fact-checking organization based in Africa on any date from 1 August 2021 to 15 July 2022.
  • The work may be published in print or online, broadcast on the radio or television, or published in a blog.

Fact-Check of the Year by a Professional Fact-Checker

  • Journalists, fact-checkers or researchers who work for fact-checking organizations or organizations aimed at uncovering dis- or misinformation must enter in this category.
  • The entry must have been published or broadcast for the first time by a media- or independent fact-checking organization based in Africa on any date from 1 August 2021 to 15 July 2022.
  • The work may be published in print or online, broadcast on the radio or television, or published in a blog.

Fact-Check of the Year by a Student Journalist

  • To enter the student category, candidates must be from Africa and younger than 35 by 15 July 2022.
    Student candidates must have been enrolled as a student at a university, college or other tertiary institution at some period from 1 August 2021 to 15 July 2022.
  • This category excludes part-time students who are working as professional fact-checkers or journalists. Such candidates must enter one of the other two categories.
  • The entry must be an original piece of fact-checking journalism, produced as course work or first published or broadcast on any date from 1 August 2021 to 15 July 2022
  • The work may be published in a blog, student publication or by a media- or independent fact-checking organization based in Africa.

See here to learn more and apply.

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Status: Open

Type:
  • Awards and Prizes

Funding Size: $1,000 - $3,000

Deadline: 15/07/2022

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