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(2024) The Michael Elliott Award for Excellence in African Storytelling
2024 The Michael Elliott Award for Excellence in African Storytelling, presented by the Elliott family, the ONE Campaign, and the International Centre for Journalists (ICFJ), is now accepting entries.
This award recognizes emerging journalists in Africa dedicated to amplifying voices and shedding light on the transformative changes unfolding across the continent. Submissions must showcase groundbreaking journalistic work published between December 1, 2022, and December 1, 2023. Winners will be chosen based on the excellence of their articles and the tangible impact of their work on communities. Exceptional entries across all media are encouraged, particularly those showcasing analytical skills alongside outstanding writing abilities.
Established in honor of Michael Elliott, a remarkable editor, philanthropist, and former ICFJ director, the Award pays tribute to the influential role of storytelling in bearing witness to and enhancing the human condition. Elliott’s distinguished career included editorships at The Economist, Newsweek, and Time, culminating in his role as CEO of ONE. In 2016, he articulated a vision to create an award uniting his belief in exceptional journalism with a commitment to progress in Africa. This prestigious annual accolade recognizes emerging journalists in Africa dedicated to empowering voices and spotlighting transformative change on the continent.
Previous recipients of the award include outstanding journalists such as Mercy Juma and Dorcas Wangira from Kenya, Kiki Mordi, Abubakar Ibrahim, Zainab Bala, and Adekunle Adebajo from Nigeria, Farai Shawn Matiashe from Zimbabwe, and Bernadette Vivuya from the Democratic Republic of Congo. An esteemed international jury, comprising media leaders from the US, UK, and Africa, will be responsible for selecting the winners. All applicants will be notified of their status by the spring of 2024 through communication from ICFJ.
Benefits on 2024 The Michael Elliott Award for Excellence in African Storytelling
The winners will receive a $5,000 cash prize and a personalized award certificate.
The winners will have an extraordinary opportunity to spend two weeks Internship at The Economist headquarters in London.
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. We are looking for impactful investigative or explanatory pieces, especially those illuminating 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. They 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, 2022, and December 1, 2023.
Eligible Regions: Open for all English-speaking journalists working in Africa region
The application form for the 2024 cycle is available here. The deadline for applications is January 31, 2024.