AIJC African Investigative Journalist Award ($5000 Prize)

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All African journalists are invited to submit entries for the inaugural AIJC African Investigative Journalist of the Year Award.

AIJC African Investigative Journalist Award

The Award, supported by Absa, recognizes outstanding examples of investigative reporting from Africa that reveal untold stories, hold the powerful to account, question those in public life and serve the public interest. The prize is $5 000.

The Award is open to all journalists or teams of journalists working in any media for stories from and about Africa published or broadcast in African media between 1 June 2022 to 1 June 2023.

Entries close at 14H00 on 15 September 2023. The award ceremony will be held at the African Investigative Journalism Conference in Johannesburg, Nov 20-22 2023.

Entries close at 14H00 on 15 September 2023.

The rules

The Award recognizes the best example of investigative reporting from and about Africa over the year ending end-June. The Award can be made to a journalist or a team of journalists working in any medium. It can be for a single story or a series of stories published or broadcast in Africa in the previous year.

Winners will be chosen by a panel of judges who have the discretion to set and use criteria they consider to be appropriate and reasonable. They will take into account:

  • The originality of the story and the revelations it contains
  • The investigative work that went into it, particularly inventiveness and persistence or courage
  • The impact of the story, particularly in relation to public service

No individual journalist or organization can be part of more than two entries. Each entry may consist of no more than five stories.

How to Enter | AIJC African Investigative Journalist Award

Please read How to Enter, below, carefully to avoid being disqualified for non-compliance.

Entries must include:

  • An electronic copy of the entry material as published/broadcast. If the original is reduced in size it must be accompanied by a readable Word/PDF version.
  • A 100-word biography and high-res photo of each entrant.
  • A high-res copy of the publication/broadcaster’s
  • A short motivation for the entry (maximum 500 words), including any background the judges should be aware of, an indication of the impact of the story, and details of any significant challenge to the accuracy or fairness of the entry such as published letters, corrections, retractions, formal complaints or court cases. This motivation is critical and judges should be informed of the finer detail that went into the investigation, for example, accessing hard-to-come-by documents or innovative problem-solving. The judges want to know the smart and hard work that went into the story, the risks taken, its originality, context, and impact.
  • Broadcast entries must include a transcript and a short video clip of the story for publicity

Do not include material from outside the competition time frame, though where relevant these can be referred to in your motivation.

It would be helpful – but not essential – if entries in languages other than English can be provided with a translation.

No late entries will be accepted. Entrants will receive an acknowledgment of their entry within 72 hours.

Questions and queries about the awards should be directed to

The organisers retain the right to use any material in the winning entry for publicity and promotional purposes relating to the awards and undertake to give full credit to the individuals and the media involved.

How to Apply | AIJC African Investigative Journalist Award

Click on this link to Apply

Click on this link to visit the official AIJC African Investigative Journalist Award website for more information.

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