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The 2013 African @StoryChallenge For Journalists

The 2013 African @StoryChallenge For Journalists

African Story Challenge For JournalistsThe African Story Challenge is a new $1 million programme of reporting grants to encourage innovative, multi-media storytelling that aims to improve the health and prosperity of Africans.

The African Story Challenge is a two-year pan-African project that seeks to challenge the media to expand coverage of fundamental issues that matter to Africans. Our goal is to contribute to the building of a strong media sector able to deliver content that matters to the African public.

We aim to inspire a bold form of journalism that seeks solutions and uses innovative, digital and data-driven storytelling tools and techniques.

In doing so the project aims to hold leaders accountable, spur better policies, increase transparency, encourage public engagement and disseminate vital information that will lead to more vibrant communities.


The Competition Has Five Themes

  • Agriculture and Food security
  • Diseases: Prevention and Treatment
  • My Africa 2063
  • Maternal and Child Health
  • Business and Technology


The African Media Initiative (AMI) in partnership with the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ).


A $1 million programme of reporting grants for African journalists will be launched in Addis Ababa during African Union 50th Anniversary celebrations.


Each theme in the competition has its deadline:

  • Agriculture and Food security: 20 June, 2013
  • Diseases: Prevention and Treatment: 23 August, 2013
  • My Africa 2063: 9 December, 2013
  • Maternal and Child Health: 21 February, 2014
  • Business and Technology: 23 May, 2014


  • This competition is targeted at African journalists from around the continent. Entries will be accepted in English, French, Arabic and Portuguese.
  • The competition is open to all journalists aged 18 and above.
  • The competition is open to media organisations, online contributors with demonstrated followings, or affiliated freelance journalists.
  • We welcome entries from African journalists based outside the continent as long as they have an outlet for their stories that is accessible to audiences in Africa.
  • All participants, including freelance journalists, will have to ensure they have at least one confirmed outlet (TV, radio, print or online) for their finsihed work.
  • Proposals would have to address development topics, either answering the specific questions posed by the competition or an original idea. See Themes.
  • Participants can apply in partnerships but if they win, the prize will be divided between the team. There can only be one entry per individual or team.
  • Participants will be selected based on geographic, distribution, format/platform, and editorial criteria.
  • Employees of AMI and ICFJ cannot enter the competition to avoid any conflict of interest.
  • Applications will only be accepted through the organizer’s website. Fill in the online entry form and attach to a proposal of 500 words maximum. You can attach supporting video, audio and images to your application but this is not mandatory.
  • The Judging Criteria are:

#Current content

#Multiplatform treatment

#Stories that create impact


#Analytical & Investigative

#Strong storytelling




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  1. Amatanweze kingsley says:

    Thanks for the good work. But hasn’t this contest word limit? Thumb up! A.M.T

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