Michael Elliott Award for Excellence in African Storytelling

The International Center for Journalists (ICFJ), 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.

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Story Information

Please fill out the sections below based on the story you are submitting to the contest. If you would like to submit more than one story, please note that you can submit up to two stories on this form.


Applicants should 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; or multimedia reports or documentaries.

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Professional Work and Personal Goals





Agreement to Program Conditions
I, the undersigned, understand and agree that the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ), as program administrator, is under no obligation to select me or any other applicant for this program. I agree to all terms and conditions of the program and understand that, if selected as a winner, I will be required to participate in the study tour taking place in May 2017.


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