AMNH Excellence in Health Journalism Awards

At the ceremony, Africa Media Network on Health (AMNH) will host its inaugural AMNH Excellence in Health Journalism Awards ceremony to honour journalists who have demonstrated outstanding merit in health reporting.

The award ceremony and gala dinner would convene representatives from government, media and civil society to honor five selected journalists from countries where AMNH is currently active – Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Malawi and Zambia.

The event will provide an opportunity to underscore the critical importance of quality health journalism through the remarks of a prominent event host as well as award speeches. The AMNH will also launch its new Model Curricula for Journalism Education – a certificate in health reporting.

  1. To celebrate high-quality health journalism in Africa
  2. To improve the quality of health reporting in Africa
  3. To motivate journalists and media houses to prioritise reportage on health-related issues
  1. Television
  2. Radio
  3. Print
  4. Online (blogs & online newspapers)

Judges will be looking for stories/topics focusing a wide range of health systems strengthening; universal health coverage; health financing; health governance; human resources for health, including community health workers (CHWs); health policy and implementation issues; sexual and reproductive health and rights, health systems research and access to medicines.

Relevance of the coverage

  • The focus must be on stories or topics in, about or related to a developing country
  • Include the voices and views of people in/from developing countries

Quality of the coverage

  • Well-crafted, structured and engaging
  • High production and editorial values
  • Distils and presents complex topics to the target audience in an understandable way

Originality and creativity

  • Explores new angles on familiar topics
  • Substance and accuracy of the coverage
  • Well-researched, accurate, analysis and balanced reporting

Impact and reach of the coverage

  • Demonstrates the actual impact or potential to catalyse change.
  • May have prompted additional media coverage or policy change – change of law or increased budgetary allocation towards health.

1.0   Time frame

Entries may be submitted any time from 12 noon Wednesday, December 19, 2018 to midnight on Thursday, February 4, 2019 (EAT).

2.0        All entries must have been broadcast or published between January 1, 2018 and December 31, 2018.

2.1       Material must be supplied as follows:

  • Stories should be pdf format or, if digital, a direct website link to the story
  • Videos should be mp4, or mov format.

2.2       Entries and information contained within any entry must have been obtained legally and must not infringe any copyright or other intellectual property rights, must not be defamatory or breach any privacy law, and must not breach any other law or regulation. Eligibility for all award categories will be at the sole discretion of AMNH.

2.3       Entrants must be members of Africa Media Network on Health.

2.4       All entries must be in English or Swahili.

2.5     only two stories can be entered in each category.

Overall winner

  • Scholarship for 2 weeks training in health reporting at Amref International University
  • Trophy
  • A certificate
  • Opportunity to attend an international health conference

Category award

1st position

  • Scholarship for 2 weeks training in health reporting at Amref International University
  • Trophy
  • Opportunity for a media tour
  • A certificate

2nd position

  • Scholarship for 2 weeks training in health reporting at Amref International University
  • Trophy
  • A certificate

3rd position

  • Scholarship for 2 weeks training in health reporting at Amref International University
  • Trophy
  • A certificate

The judging panel will select only from the nominated individuals. Nominees will be scored based on:

  • Relevance to the award category.
  • Quality and originality of shared content.
  • Judges decisions are final.

For any clarification, please contact:

Hezron Owuor

Event Coordinator

Amref Health Africa – Headquarters

P.O. Box 27691 – Code 00506

Nairobi, Kenya

Fax : +254 20 600 9518

Office +254 020 699 4000/4601

Email: Hezron.Owuor@Amref.org

Phone: +254 724 278 948.

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