Apply for AMDF 2020 Journalist of the Year Award

AMDF 2020 Journalist of the Year Award

DEADLINE: WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 2020 ― Africa Media Development Foundation (AMDF) has called for applications from interested professional, or freelance journalists in Africa for its 2020 Journalist of the Year Award.

The Award is open to professional journalists from Africa, who have published stories on either radio, tv, online, or print media targeting African audience.


  • Each piece of work submitted must be an untold story from Africa and focused on Africans
  • The piece must reflect high-quality journalism work, highlighting major issues in the story, as well as skills of the entrant in terms of quality of writing and logical presentation.
  • The piece should have been first published or broadcast in an African medium, or Africa focused medium, between 1st September 1, 2019 and August 30, 2020.
  • All submitted works must be in the English Language.
  • A maximum of one entry will be allowed per entrant.
  • Past awardees are not eligible to submit entries.
  • AMDF Employees and their immediate family members are not eligible to participate in this competition.
  • The journalist with the most outstanding work amongst the finalists will be selected as the 2020 AMDF Journalist of the Year.
  • By sending an entry to this competition, you agree to grant AMDF a royalty-free licence to use your submitted works for any purpose deemed appropriate for the development of the Award concept, the AMDF and the media in general.


  • Send a URL (web link) of the published work, alongside other required documents – hard copies are not acceptable.

The submitted package should include the current CV of the journalist who bears by-line of the story, a high-resolution passport photograph, a cover statement of not more than 400 words on the story; explaining the background of the work: identifying the issues, what led to the topic, any unusual experience encountered in the cause of the work and also describing challenges to the content of the story that was not reported in the original work.

 The Winner will be presented with the Award at the 2020 Africa Conference on Development Journalism (#ACDJ2020) holding in December. 



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