Call for Entries – CNN MultiChoice African Journalist of the Year (Deadline May 30, 2014)

10171815_10152371069156963_38054282648937170_nApplications for the 2014 CNN MultiChoice African Journalist of the Year Competition is currently accepting entries. Journalist are required to submit their best work/story from 2013 for consideration. The deadline for entries is 30th May 2014, after this date, the online entry form will be closed.

Since its launch 16 years ago, The 2014 CNN MultiChoice African Journalist Competition “encourages, promotes, and recognises excellence in African journalism” across all media disciplines. The award seeks to build recognition for the importance of journalism on the continent. All finalists 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. Winners will be offered the opportunity to participate in the CNN Journalism Fellowship at CNN Headquarters in Atlanta.

Competition Information

Who Can Enter?

The Competition is open to African professional journalists, whether directly employed or freelancers, working in the continent of Africa who have produced a story which has been made available as a printed publication or broadcast through an electronic medium (television; radio or digital platform) whose primary audience are based in Africa.

Please click here to read the rules of the competition.

What the Judges are looking for

Our panel of independent, highly respected and experienced judges are in pursuit of excellence. They will be looking for entries which:

  • Tell the story in a balanced, comprehensive and objective manner.
  • Demonstrate journalistic integrity and resourcefulness.
  • Communicate the story in a way that makes the topic accessible and relevant to their audience.
  • Display well organised research and insight.
  • Was broadcast or published, in English, French or Portuguese, between January and December 2013 with proof supplied.

The Prizes

The journalists selected by our panel of judges will enjoy an all-expenses paid finalists’ programme of networking activities and workshops, culminating in the Gala Awards Ceremony. Each finalist will receive a cash prize, with each category winner also receiving a laptop computer and printer.
The CNN MultiChoice African Journalist 2014 Award winner will be selected from the category winners and will receive an additional cash prize and will have the opportunity to participate in the CNN Journalism Fellowship at CNN Headquarters in Atlanta.

How to Enter

  • English, French and Portuguese entries are to be submitted using the online entry form (
  • You can only enter a maximum of 2 stories across all categories. Please carefully review your work of 2013 and enter your best story/stories in the most suitable category. You may enter a maximum of 2 stories, either both into a single category or 1 each into different categories.
  • Fill in all the details requested on the entry form and upload all requested information.
  • Ensure you upload a copy of your up-to-date Curriculum Vitae and any background information on your entry/entries, that you feel relevant.
  • All story materials must be submitted in electronic format:
    a) Print – Please include the PDF scan(s) of the published article. The text of the article must be legible. Maximum file size: 5 MB – Allowed format: PDF only.
    b) Radio – Upload the SoundCloud link (SoundCloud is an online audio distribution platform that enables its users to upload and share their originally-created sounds).
    c) Digital – Working weblink (url) (screenshots of websites are not accepted)
    d) Photo – Upload the photo(s) as well as a scan(s) of where the photo(s) was (were) published. Maximum file size: 10 MB – Allowed extensions: png gif jpg jpeg.
    e) TV Material – Upload the YouTube link (YouTube is a video sharing platform).TV pieces are to be initially uploaded to YouTube ( and radio pieces uploaded to SoundCloud ( If you are not a member of these sites, you will need to register with these in order to upload the video or radio pieces. Once you have the link to these, you will need to provide the link in this online entry form when you input your story details.


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