Outstanding African journalists are invited to apply for the seventh annual African Fact-Checking Awards, this award is currently the only awards program that honors journalism by Africa-based media in the expanding field of fact-checking.
About African Fact-Checking Awards
Application for the 2022 African Fact-Checking Awards, which is the longest-running awards program that honors fact-checking journalism by the media in Africa, is now open. Both Journalists and journalism students across the African continent can enter the awards, which are currently in their eighth year.
African Fact-Checking Awards seeks to promote the practice of fact-checking and making accurate information available to citizens of all countries across Africa.
This will go a long way in helping the public make informed decisions about important issues related to their health, education, politics, and more. Furthermore, this will eventually strengthen democracy and improve the quality of life across the continent.
Details for the African Fact-Checking Awards
- Application Deadline: July 15, 2022 midnight GMT.
- Eligible Countries: African countries
- To be taken at (country): Kenya
- Type of program: contest
- Number of Awardees: 4
- Value of Award: The winner of the best fact-checking report by a working journalist will receive a $3000 prize, while the runner-up will receive $1,500. But the winner of the award for the best fact-checking report by a student journalist will receive $2000 and the runner up gets $1000
How to Apply for African Fact-Checking Awards
In applying for the African Fact-Checking Awards, Interested and eligible participants should
- Visit the awards application form page at: https://forms.gle/A4DN7cf93RGpH9uw5
- You will be required to complete all the relevant fields for the category that you are entering in order to be considered for the awards
- Once that is done, click the red submit button located at the bottom page to submit the application form
Eligibility Criteria for African Fact-Checking Awards
In order to qualify for these awards:
- The awards require that Entries must first be published or broadcast from August 1, 2021, to July 15, 2022.
- Also, African Fact-check must have concluded that a claim about an important topic, originating in or relevant to Africa, is either misleading or wrong.
- Applicants can only enter for the awards in one category per year but can submit more than one report if they choose.
Selection Criteria for African Fact-Checking Awards
Please note that all entries will be judged on the following four criteria:
- The impact of the claim investigated on the larger society
- The ways in which the claim was tested against the available evidence
- To what extent does the piece present the evidence for and against the claim
- Also, what Impact does the publication have on public debate on the topic?
For Africa Check to effectively win the fight against false information, it has to be with the support of the public, civil society, the media, and governments to increase the quality of the information in Africa. You can get involved by;
Watching and listening for important claims that need to be fact-checked, you can submit the information to Africa Check or simply fact-check them yourself using the tips and guides shared.
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