The International Center for
in collaboration with ONE and the Elliott family seek entries for the inaugural 2017 Michael Elliott Award for Excellence in African
Storytelling. Mike served as a distinguished editor at The Economist, Newsweek and Time before becoming CEO of ONE. Earlier this year, he had spoken of his dream to establish an award that would bring together his belief in great journalism with his commitment to progress in Africa.
The annual award in his name will honor an up-and-coming journalist who tells important stories through quality reporting. Applicants, who are in the early stages of their career, must submit a well-reported piece or series that reflects top-notch storytelling about important issues in Africa. Submissions can include feature stories; in-depth, investigative or explanatory pieces; multimedia reports or documentaries. The contest is open to journalists working for print, broadcast and online news media based in Africa. Only English-language submissions or translations will be accepted.
The award winner will receive
a $5,000 cash prize to pursue an in-depth reporting project. The winner
will also spend time in U.S. newsrooms to learn new skills and receive
mentorship from ICFJ, helping to catalyze additional reporting that engages and
empowers Africans. A distinguished jury will select the inaugural honoree. The winner will be recognized at ICFJ's Board Dinner in New York on May 31, 2017.
Application Deadline: Monday, January 30, 2017.