African journalist across the continent working in any medium can once again enter for the prestigious journalism competition celebrating its 20th anniversary this year since it first took place in 1995.
After downsizing the number of categories in 2014 from 14 to 11, the CNN MultiChoice African Journalist Awards 2015 is once again expanding, keeping all 11 categories and adding a best features award as well as a technology and innovation reporting award to bring the award categories to 13.
Journalists across Africa can enter in the following categories at www.africa.cnnjournalistaward.com with entries closing on 11 May 2015:
- Culture Award
- Dow Technology & Innovation Reporting Award (new category)
- Economics & Business Award
- Features Award (new category)
- Francophone General News Awards
- GE Energy & Infrastructure Award
- Mohamed Amin Photographic Award
- MSD Health & Medical Award
- Portuguese Language General News Award
- Press Freedom Award
- Sport Reporting Award
- The African Development Bank Environment Award
- The Coca-Cola Company News Impact Award
From these category winners the overall winner will be chosen.
Journalists can enter work that was broadcast or appeared in print between January and December 2014.
The finalists will once again attend a finalists' programme that will include a media forum with senior journalists, editors and business leaders before the gala awards ceremony later in the year which will this year be held somewhere in South Africa.
The CNN MultiChoice African Journalist 2015 winner will have the opportunity to participate in the CNN Journalism Fellowship at CNN Headquarters in Atlanta.
"It's with immense pride that we celebrate the 20th anniversary of the CNN MultiChoice African Journalist Awards," says Tony Maddox, the executive vice president and managing director of CNN International.
"Twenty years of encouraging excellence in journalism across the continent has made these the very best awards honouring the journalistic profession in Africa. I've witnessed first-hand the tremendous growth in stature and prestige of the competition and 2015 promises to deliver another year of outstanding work".
Mark Rayner, chief operating officer (COO) of MultiChoice South Africa says "over the past 20 years this competition has helped journalists throughout Africa tell the stories of our continent to the rest of the world".
"We're proud that our partnership with CNN has given African journalists a voice.We're looking forward to the stories that this year's entrants will bring".