African Awards for Students and Journalists


African Awards for African Students and Journalists

The African Fact-Checking Awards, now in their fourth edition, are the only awards on the continent set up specifically to honour the best, non-partisan fact-checking journalism. By working and student journalists on the continent.

After receiving entries from journalists in just a handful of countries in its first year of 2014, the African Fact-Checking Award has continued to grow with many more countries sending in entries.

So if you are working as a reporter for an Africa-based media organisation, or if you are studying journalism in Africa, please get in touch to apply for the African Fact-Checking Awards if you fulfill the criteria below.


If you work for an African media house or are 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 claim made in public debate or the media.

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.

Candidates may enter more than one report if they so choose.

Reports published by Africa Check are not eligible for the competition.

Selection criteria:
Criteria for judging entries:

  • The significance for wider society of the claim that was investigated
  • How well you test the claim 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

Application Deadline: 31 August 2017

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