African Fact-Checking 2023 Awards For Journalistic Excellence In Africa

African Fact-Checking 2023 Awards For Journalistic Excellence In Africa

When

Jun 30, 2023    
12:00 am

Event Type

The African Fact-Checking Awards, the longest-running awards programme honouring fact-checking journalism by the media in Africa, are in their tenth year.

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Entries for the 2023 awards are now open to journalists, journalism students, and professional fact-checkers – across the continent.

Eligibility Criteria

To qualify, entries must have been first published or broadcast in the period from 1 July 2022 to 30 June 2023. The fact-check should conclude that a claim about an important topic, originating in or relevant to Africa, is either misleading or wrong.

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To be eligible, entries for this competition must:

  • Be the original work of the individual or team identified in the entry form as the author.
  • Expose a claim on an important topic that originated in or is relevant to Africa as misleading or wrong.
  • Be an original piece of fact-checking journalism first published or broadcast on any date from 1 July 2022 to 30 June 2023.
  • Be received by the organisers before midnight GMT on 30 June 2023. Late entries will not be accepted.
  • Be received by the organisers via the official entry form. No other means of sending in entries is allowed.
  • Fact-checks can be published/broadcast in any language, but entry forms must be completed in either English or French. However, should the fact-checking report not be in English or French, a written translation must be submitted with the entry.
  • By submitting an entry, the entrant confirms that they are the authors of the work, and that in the case of any dispute about this, this is entirely the entrant’s responsibility
  • Reports published by Africa Check are not eligible for the competition.
  • Judges reserve the right to move an entry from one category to another.
  • Candidates can only enter for the awards in one category per year, but can submit more than one report if they choose.
  • Should the entrant win a prize in the awards, we will send the money to a bank account to be nominated by them.
  • At the shortlisting stage a representative of the jury may seek clarification on some points.
  • Entrants who are found to be unethical about any aspect related to their entry will be disqualified.
  • Entrants must agree to do media interviews and/or reports about the awards if they win.
  • Entrants for the awards must agree to accept the judges’ decision as final.

Benefits of African Fact-Checking Journalistic Excellence Award

The awards have three categories, with honours going to a winner and a runner-up. The categories are:

  • Fact-Check of the Year by a Working Journalist 
  • Fact-Check of the Year by a Professional Fact-Checker
  • Fact-Check of the Year by a Student Journalist
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The winners of the working journalist and professional fact-checker categories will each get a prize of US$3,000. The runners-up will receive $1,500. The winner of the student journalist category will be awarded $2,000, and the runner-up $1,000.

Entries are judged based on the following criteria:

  • Significance: The significance for wider society of the claim/statement investigated. How much does the topic matter to society at large and how serious could the consequences be if the claim wasn’t fact-checked?
  • Testing: How was the claim tested against the available evidence? Fact-checkers must take a long, hard look at the claim/statement that was made. Fact-checking entails rigorously sifting through the publicly available evidence for and against the claim. This should be done in a way that is fair to the person or institution who made the claim and strict in assessing the evidence.
  • Presentation: How well does the piece present the evidence for and against the claim? A good fact-checking report is structured in such a way that it’s understandable and makes the topic accessible to the widest possible public.
  • Impact: The impact that the fact-check had on public debate on the topic. Did it lead to a correction, did it have significant reach, or was it shared by other organisations or members of the media, for instance?

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