DEADLINE: June 30, 2023.
Africa Check has announced that entries are now open for the 2023 African Fact-Checking Awards. The longest-running awards programme celebrates fact-checking journalism in the African media and has invited journalists, journalism students, and professional fact-checkers to submit their applications.
The African Fact-Checking Awards was established in 2012 to promote accuracy in public debate and the media in Africa. The awards recognize excellence in fact-checking journalism and are a vital instrument for promoting fact-checking in Africa.
The awards have three categories – Fact-Check of the Year by a Working Journalist,
Fact-Check of the Year by a Professional Fact-Checker, and
Fact-Check of the Year by a Student Journalist.
Winners and runners-up in each category will receive prizes ranging from $1,000 to $3,000.
According to Africa Check, in 2022, the awards received 190 entries from 24 African countries, and this year, more entries are anticipated.
To qualify for participation, entries must have been first published or broadcast between July 1, 2022, and June 30, 2023, and must conclude that a claim about an important topic, originating in or relevant to Africa, is either misleading or false.
The benefits of participating in the awards include receiving recognition and exposure for their work, as well as the opportunity to showcase their fact-checking skills.
The African Fact-Checking Awards play a crucial role in promoting fact-checking in Africa, where access to verified information can be a challenge. By recognizing and rewarding those who work hard in the pursuit of accuracy, the awards encourage others to follow in their footsteps and uphold the highest standards of fact-checking.
The deadline for entries is midnight GMT on June 30, 2023.
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