Call for entries: ICFJ organizes storytelling contest [Africa]

Posted on Nov 4, 2018 in Investigative Journalism

English-speaking journalists working for print, broadcast and online news media based in Africa can enter this contest.

The International Center for Journalists (ICFJ), in collaboration with the Elliott family and ONE, seeks entries for the 2019 Michael Elliott Award for Excellence in African Storytelling. In its third year, this prestigious award will honor an up-and-coming journalist in Africa who tells important stories through quality reporting. The contest is named after distinguished editor, former ONE CEO and longtime ICFJ board member Michael Elliott.

The award winner will receive a US$5,000 cash prize to pursue an in-depth reporting project. In a special study tour organized by ICFJ, the winner will spend time in U.S. newsrooms to learn new skills and share knowledge. The winner will also complete a two-week internship at The Economist in London, United Kingdom. 

In order to take full advantage of the study tour, applicants must speak English, even if they work in another language.


  • The contest is open to up-and-coming, English-speaking journalists working in Africa for print, broadcast and online news media.
  • Applicants must have no more than 10 years of journalism experience.
  • Applicants must submit one published story that reflects top-notch storytelling about important issues.
  • The submission can be a feature story; an in-depth, investigative or explanatory piece; or a multimedia report or documentary.
  • The published story or broadcast must be submitted in English. Works in other languages must include English translations.

The deadline is Dec. 2.