MMA to Announce Top Three Finalists for 2017 Journalism Awards


Isu Elihle Awards Ceremony

Rewarding Innovative Journalism about Children

                                                                                15 September 2017

Which journalist will win R25 000 for their innovative story idea?

Which African countries will be represented amongst the top three finalists?

 On Wednesday 20 September 2017, Media Monitoring Africa (MMA) will announce the top three finalists from the entries submitted for this year’s Isu Elihle Awards.

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 East and Southern Africa to submit original child-centred news story ideas for publication or broadcasting in mainstream news media.

MMA launched the awards last year in partnership with Media Network on Child Rights and Development (MNCRD) in Zambia as well as Save the Children International (SCI). In his keynote address at the time, Director in the Press Council of South Africa said the awards, “…couldn’t have been conceived at a better time than this when the young are again asserting themselves through uprisings like #FeesMustFall and others – all in the tradition of the 1976 Soweto Uprising when the young changed the history of our country.”

For this year’s competition, media professionals from Southern and Eastern Africa submitted their story ideas to the awards competition between 29 May and 30 June to be considered for the coveted prizes to be presented during the awards ceremony. The entries were adjudicated and the top three finalists selected by a panel of media experts, representatives of the various partners and child journalists and media monitors.

SABC’s Morning Live Leanne Manas will deliver the keynote address during this year’s ceremony on Wednesday 20 September at Google South Africa in Johannesburg from 10:00 – 13:00. The event will also be livestreamed on Media Monitoring Africa’s Facebook Page @MediaMattersZA

Each finalist will receive a guaranteed R10 000 to develop his/her story idea for publication. After the final stories have been ranked each will stand a chance to win the following cash prizes: R25 000 (Overall Winner); R15 000 (Second Place) and R10 000 (Third Place).

Seats are limited and by RSVP only.

For more details please contact:

Ayabulela Poro or Girlie Sibanda

Tel: 011 788 1278

Email: or,za

Social Media

Please follow the following accounts on social media for updates during the event:

MMA:   @MediaMattersZA  @MediaMattersZA

SavetheChildren: @ESASaveChildren



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