Applications Open for Zimeo Excellence in Media Awards by African Media Initiative


Deadline: 15 September 2016

The African Media Initiative is inviting applications for the Second Edition of the Zimeo Excellence in Media Awards.

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AMI is an umbrella organisation that brings media owners together and seeks to find solutions to perennial problems facing the industry such as the lack of financing and solid business models, as well as difficulties in accessing the advertising market or even just good Internet connectivity. The organisation also aims to spur better journalism through various training programmes, including in data and development journalism.

Priority Areas

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The program recognizes journalism excellence in the following categories:

  1. Gender/Women’s rights
  2. The youth agenda
  3. Maritime economy
  4. Business and finance
  5. Science and Technology
  6. Agriculture and food security
  7. Health
  8. Education
  9. Peace and security
  10. Energy & infrastructure
  11. Extractive industries
  12. Media and digital journalism
  13. Conservation and climate change
  14. African Union Agenda 2063
  15. Sustainable Development Goals Reporting

Eligibility Criteria

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  • The contest is open to professional journalists in Africa reporting or writing for print, radio, TV and digital media.
  • The pan African panel of judges will be looking for entries which:
    • Demonstrate a high quality of reporting/writing in terms of originality, depth, rigour, research, investigative enterprise, innovativeness, clarity, proper sourcing, fairness, accuracy, exhaustive analysis of the context and background and an above average understanding of the subject matter.
    • Are data-driven and use creative digital tools like mapping, crowdsourcing and visualization to help tell the story.
    • Communicate the topic in a way that makes the story relevant and engaging to audiences and that contains evidence of its likely social impact or benefit to society.
    • Provide, where possible, a pan-African perspective.
    • Are multi-sourced.
    • Were broadcast or published between July 2015 and July 2016. Proof of this will be required.

How to Apply

Applications must be submitted in a prescribed format via email.

Eligible Countries

Algeria, Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cape Verde, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Congo, Republic of the Congo, Democratic Republic of the, Cote d’Ivorie, Djibouti, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

For more information, please visit African Media Initiative.

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