CNN International and MultiChoice this week officially launched the CNN MultiChoice African Journalist 2015 Awards, welcoming entries from all African nationals based in Africa and creating content for an African audience.
“It’s with immense pride that we celebrate the 20th anniversary of the CNN MultiChoice African Journalist Awards. Twenty years of encouraging excellence in journalism across the continent has made these the very best awards honouring the journalistic profession in Africa. I’ve witnessed first-hand the tremendous growth in stature and prestige of the competition, and 2015 promises to deliver another year of outstanding work,” said CNN international executive vice president and managing director Tony Maddox.
MultiChoice Africa chief executive officer Tim Jacobs added that they continue to be amazed by the extraordinary talent of the continent’s journalists and remain committed to contributing to the development of media in Africa.
“These awards have reached the remarkable milestone and are recognised as the most prestigious media awards on the continent; this celebration parallels our own celebration of 20 years of MultiChoice operations in many countries. We look forward to another year of great stories which showcase journalistic excellence,” Jacobs said.
The competition, which has grown in size since its inception in 2005, saw Kenyan journalist Joseph Methenge walk away with the top prize for 2014 for work ‘Images of Terror’, which appeared in Kenyan daily The Standard, selected from entries from 38 nations across the African continent.
‘Images of Terror’ documented the moments of terror experienced by Westgate Mall shoppers in Kenya, when the mall was attacked by unidentified gunmen in September 2013.
This year’s competition, open to all journalists working in any medium, will recognise excellence in a list of categories. An independent judging panel will then choose an overall CNN MultiChoice African Journalist 2015 winner.
The categories are:
Culture Award, Dow Technology & Innovation Reporting Award, Economics & Business Award, Features Award, Francophone General News Award, GE Energy & Infrastructure Award, Mohamed Amin Photographic Award, MSD Health & Medical Award, Portuguese Language General News Award, Press, Freedom Award, Sport Reporting Award, The African Development Bank Environment Award, The Coca-Cola Company News Impact Award.
Finalists in the 2015 competition will participate in a finalists’ programme that will include a media forum and networking opportunities with senior journalists, editors, business leaders and media owners from across the continent, culminating in a gala awards ceremony later in the year.
The overall winner of the CNN MultiChoice African Journalist 2015 award will have the opportunity to participate in the CNN Journalism Fellowship at CNN Headquarters in Atlanta.
Submissions for this year can be done via the entry form on the website africa.cnnjournalistaward.com.