CNN International and MultiChoice this week officially launched the CNN MultiChoice African Journalist 2013 Awards.
Tony Maddox, Executive Vice President and Managing Director of CNN International, said: “Recent audience research shows that viewing of CNN across Africa is at an all time high. Against this background, we are delighted to be a part of the CNN MultiChoice African Journalist Awards, now in their eighteenth year. The awards represent the very best in journalism from across the African continent, and are truly a highlight in CNN’s editorial calendar. I’m proud that they continue to grow in stature and prestige, and the 2013 competition promises to deliver another year of stellar African journalism.”
Over the past 18 years, the competition has grown in size and status to become Africa’s most prestigious media event. In 2012, a ‘Highlights Programme’ of the ceremony, held in Lusaka, Zambia, was broadcast in 47 African countries, on the Africa Channel in the US, UK and the Caribbean and RTP Africa.
This year, the competition will recognise excellence in the following categories:
Digital Platform Award
The Coca-Cola Company Economics & Business Award
Free Press Africa Award
Mohamed Amin Photographic Award
MSD Health & Medical Award
Print General News Award
Radio General News Award
Television Features Award
Television News Bulletin Award
Francophone General News Awards
Portuguese Language General News Awards
From these category winners, an independent judging panel choose the overall winner – The CNN MultiChoice African Journalist 2013.
Finalists in the 2013 competition will participate in a finalists’ programme that will include a media forum and networking opportunities with senior journalists, editors, business leaders and media owners from across the continent, culminating in a gala awards ceremony later in the year.
All finalists receive a cash prize and each category winner also receives a laptop and printer.
The CNN MultiChoice African Journalist 2013 will receive an additional cash prize and will have the opportunity to participate in the CNN Journalism Fellowship at CNN Headquarters in Atlanta.