The entries for the lsu Elihle awards have closed!

Media Monitoring Africa (MMA) has closed its entries for the 2020 lsu Elihle Awards. Journalists from within the African continent were invited to submit their story ideas involving children. The applications closed at midnight on the 30th of June 2020.


The story ideas will be adjudicated by our distinguished panel of judges which include children and the top six finalists will be announced in August. The journalists behind these will each receive a guaranteed
financial support of ZAR 10 000. MMA will also offer support to the finalists to develop their concepts. Individual journalists must take sole responsibility to approach a media house and form an agreement to publish/broadcast with the media house in question should their story idea be selected as part of the top six.

The final stories will be ranked once they have been published or broadcast, and the final cash prizes will be awarded: ZAR 25 000 (Overall Winner); ZAR 15 000 (2nd place); ZAR 10 000 (Third Place).


MMA Director William Bird said,”As we deal with the global COVID-19 crisis we have seen how the importance of people having access to quality journalism has become increasingly essential in their daily lives. At the same time we are seeing news media facing an equal crisis of sustainability and fewer journalists. We also know that in a crisis it is the most vulnerable whose views and voices need to be heard and protected.

Around our continent it is children who are the most marginalized and yet their issues and stories that involve them have the greatest potential for change and to build societies that are just, fair and equitable. The lsu Elihle awards recognizes the difficult context and seek to reward journalists who have the best story ideas so that not only can we ensure quality journalism, we can develop as an essential service, but also ensure that stories about the most vulnerable and precious members of our society can be told”.


We would like to thank everyone who has applied, these awards have gained a huge traction across the African continent. We are thrilled this year to have received more than a hundred entries from 20 different countries around the continent.

Ten days left for the lsu Elihle Awards entries!

Media Monitoring Africa (MMA) encourages African journalists to enter for the child-centered awards as entries close in ten days. All story ideas are to be submitted by midnight on the 30th of June 2020.

Story ideas can be targeted at any mainstream news medium such as TV, Radio or Online. The top six ideas will be selected and announced during an awards ceremony in September. The journalists behind these will each receive an award trophy and a guaranteed financial support of ZAR 10 000. MMA will also offer support to the finalists to develop their concepts. individual journalists must take sole responsibility to approach a media house and form an agreement to publish/broadcast with the media house in question should their story idea be selected as part of the top six. 

Once published the top six stories will be ranked to top three and cash prizes will be awarded as follows, R25 000 (Overall winner), R15 000 (2nd place) and R10 000 (3rd place). The fourth cash prize for The Isu Elihle Mandy Rossouw Accountability Category is conditional. It will only be awarded if there is a story (in the top six) that meets the criteria for the category. The amount of money to be awarded for the Mandy Rossouw prize will be determined on the quality of the story published.

Project Coordinator at MMA, Girlie Sibanda says, “It is sad that despite them being the future children are seldom reported on in the media, these awards seek to challenge such stereotypes by making sure that journalists highlight children’s issues in the country and within the continent”.

For more details, terms and conditions as well as the Application Form visit the Isu Elihle Award’s website www.isuelihle.org

For enquiries please contact:

Girlie Sibanda

girlies@mma.org.za

Or

isuelihle@mma.org.za

MMA announces the 2020 lsu Elihle application date!

Media release 

05 May 2020 

Media Monitoring Africa (MMA) announces the application date for the lsu Elihle Awards. This year’s applications will open on the 15th of May 2020.

Translated from IsiZulu to mean “Great Idea”, the Isu Elihle Awards aim to encourage fresh reporting and insightful investigations that seek to give children a voice and highlight the various issues they face across our continent.This is done by inviting journalists from across Africa to submit original child-centred news story ideas for publication or broadcasting in mainstream news media.

Story ideas can be targeted at any mainstream news medium such as TV, Radio or Online. The top six story ideas will be selected and announced during an AWARDS ceremony. The journalists behind these will each receive guaranteed financial support of ZAR 10 000. MMA will also offer support to the finalists to develop their concepts. The final stories will be ranked once they have been published or broadcast, and the final cash prizes will be awarded: ZAR 25 000 (Overall Winner); ZAR 15 000 (2nd place); ZAR 10 000 (Third Place).

Last year’s winner, Thomas Bwire said, “I entered the awards because l wanted to scale up the voices of children because in our reporting as journalists in Kenya or even Africa we don’t tell stories about children in most cases we don’t even get to hear voices of children in our storytelling, we just focus so much about politics and other stories but leave out children in our storytelling”. We courage journalist to start thinking about their story ideas and how they can ethically report on issues faced by an African child while making sure that their voices are uplifted

For more details, terms and conditions visit the Competition Information page on the Isu Elihle Award’s website

For enquiries please contact:

Girlie Sibanda

girlies@mma.org.za

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2019 Isu Elihle Awards winner!

On Saturday, 1st of February 2020, Media Monitoring Africa (MMA) announced the 2019 lsu Elihle Awards winner live on SABC news. “Isu Elihle is an isiZulu phrase that means a “Great Idea” when translated to English, the Awards were launched in 2016 and has been running for four years. The Awards aim to encourage fresh reporting, innovative approaches and insightful investigations that seek to give children a voice and elevate the status of the child all over Africa. In the past two years, the awards were open only for journalists in the Eastern and Southern Africa but from 2018, journalists from all over Africa were included. We are excited to announce the winners: 1st prize and winner of the 2019 Awards goes to Thomas Otieno Bwire, who is an Early Childhood development Journalist from Habari Kibra in Kenya.The overall winner of this year’s organisation’s lsu Elihle Awards is Thomas Bwire, who is awarded for his in-depth coverage of the conditions that children in the Kibera slums are forced to live in. He says the lack of open spaces in the area has led to children not having any place to play, this is bad because play is an important part of each child’s development. Children were also given a voice to reveal how this affects them. Bwire receives a cash prize of ZAR25, 000 after being ranked the overall winner by a panel of judges who are media practitioners. The judges commented on his reporting by saying, ”it is an excellent story that engages those who are involved (children) and seeks out solutions “. Watch the video, ”No play space for children in Nairobi” slums here. The second prize of ZAR15 000 goes to Jamaine Krige & Yeshiel Panchia for their four part series titled, “Scatterings, undocumented, unaccompanied foreign children in South Africa” which was published on Al Jezeera. They looked at the issue of foreign children who arrive in South Africa alone. They explore the lives of these children and how they struggle to get an education in South Africa due to lack of documents. The judges commented on their series saying, “it is a great feature which highlights statelessness, xenophobia, the lack of identity, lack of access to education as a result of being undocumented. The series could have strived to engage more in-depth with those who are in power.”  Read the story here The 3rd prize of ZAR10 000 goes to Athandiwe Saba for her story about education behind bars. It looked at how some children in the criminal justice system struggle to access an education and how this can affect their future. The article “The cracks children fall into when they are in conflict with the law”, was published in the Mail & Guardian newspaper. The judges commented on her in depth reporting saying, “it is a great story which looks at how most children behind bars are unable to access quality education”. Read the story “The cracks children fall into when they are in conflict with the law” here. However there was no Mandy Roussouw category winner this year, even though the stories were great, the powerful were not held accountable in their stories. The Isu Elihle Awards 2020 application date will be announced soon, we call upon journalists from all over Africa to enter the awards. Congratulations to all the winners!