Fully Funded Michael Elliott Award for Excellence in African Storytelling 2021

The International Center for Journalists (ICFJ), ONE, and the Elliott family are offering The Michael Elliott Award for Excellence in African Storytelling, to honour an up-and-coming journalist in Africa who strives to strengthen people’s voices and improve their well-being in 2021.

The Michael Elliott Award for Excellence in African Storytelling, a collaboration between the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ), theĀ ONE Campaign, and the Elliott family, honours an up-and-coming journalist in Africa who strives to strengthen people’s voices and illuminate the transformational change taking place on the continent. We are seeking a wide variety of topics, not limited to health and social issues, to demonstrate the creative approaches to pressing issues in Africa.

The Award was established in honour of Michael Elliott, an outstanding editor, philanthropist, and former ICFJ director, whose life was a testament to the power of storytelling to bear witness to and improve the human condition. Elliott served as a distinguished editor at The Economist, Newsweek and Time before becoming CEO of ONE. In 2016, he had spoken of his dream to establish an award that would bring together his belief in great journalism with his commitment to progress in Africa.

Worth of Award

  • Due to ongoing travel restrictions as a result of COVID-19, the 2021 program will take place virtually. ICFJ will arrange a series of approximately 10 virtual meetings over the course of the fellowship, featuring media and experts from U.S. and U.K. newsrooms as well as former Michael Elliott Award winners. ICFJ will tailor these sessions to the interests of the award winners.
  • The sessions will include meetings with journalists from prominent international outlets, such as the Washington Post, The Economist, Al Jazeera and others.
  • The winners will be invited to take part in a virtual internship with prestigious media outlets where they will have access to editorial meetings and media experts and share their own experiences with top journalists.
  • To take full advantage of the training opportunities offered, applicants must speak English, even if they work in another language. The two 2021 winners will also receive a $5,000 cash prize.
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  • The contest is open to 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 piece that exemplifies Africa through thoughtful reporting and excellent storytelling.
  • They are looking for impactful investigative or explanatory pieces, especially those that illuminate transformational change in Africa.
  • A copy of the published story or broadcast clip must be submitted in English. Works in other languages must include English translations. They welcome submissions from print, broadcast or digital journalists. Multimedia submissions may include web, audio, video, visual or mixed media.
  • The submitted story must be published between December 1, 2019, and December 1, 2020.
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How to Apply

The application is online via their website. Please click on the link below.

Deadline: The application deadline is Monday, February 15, 2021 at 11:59 EST.


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