MMA to Announce Top Three Finalists for 2017 Journalism Awards

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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: ayabulelap@mma.org.za or girlies@mma.org,za

Social Media

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

MMA:   @MediaMattersZA  @MediaMattersZA

SavetheChildren: @ESASaveChildren

MNCRD:   @MNCRDAfrica

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1 Day Left to Enter for Child-Centred Journalism Awards

Media Monitoring Africa will close applications for its Isu Elihle “Great Idea” Awards tomorrow at midnight. Journalists across Eastern and Southern Africa still have a chance to win cash prizes and are encouraged to enter for the competition before the deadline.

MMA has partnered with Save the Children International and Media Network on Child Rights and Development in Zambia for the awards which seek to give children a voice and highlight the status of children on our continent.

Story ideas can be targeted at any mainstream news medium such as TV, Radio or Online. The top three story ideas will be selected and announced during an AWARDS ceremony in September. The journalists behind these will each receive guaranteed financial support of ZAR 10 000. MMA and its partners will also offer mentorship 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).

Director at MMA, William Bird, says “These awards are critical to supporting investigative journalism in newsrooms across the region. We urge journalists to apply and commit themselves to thinking creatively around how to uncover issues facing the marginalised in our society and contribute to investing in our future.”

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

 For enquiries please contact:

William Bird

williamb@mma.org.za

Or

Ayabulela Poro

ayabulelap@mma.org.za

 Tel: +27 (0)11 788 1278

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Isu Elihle Awards

Rewarding Innovative journalism about children

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3 Days Left to Enter for Child-Centred Journalism Awards

Media Monitoring Africa will close applications for its Isu Elihle “Great Idea” Awards at midnight on Friday 30 June 2017. Journalists across Eastern and Southern Africa still have a chance to win cash prizes and are encouraged to enter for the competition before the deadline.

MMA has partnered with Save the Children International and Media Network on Child Rights and Development in Zambia for the awards which seek to give children a voice and highlight the status of children on our continent.

Story ideas can be targeted at any mainstream news medium such as TV, Radio or Online. The top three story ideas will be selected and announced during an AWARDS ceremony in September. The journalists behind these will each receive guaranteed financial support of ZAR 10 000. MMA and its partners will also offer mentorship 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).

Director at MMA, William Bird, says “These awards are critical to supporting investigative journalism in newsrooms across the region. We urge journalists to apply and commit themselves to thinking creatively around how to uncover issues facing the marginalised in our society and contribute to investing in our future.”

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

 For enquiries please contact:

William Bird

williamb@mma.org.za

Or

Ayabulela Poro

ayabulelap@mma.org.za

 Tel: +27 (0)11 788 1278

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Isu Elihle Awards

Rewarding Innovative journalism about children

 www.isuelihle.org

Follow the conversation:

#IsuElihle17

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10 Days Left to Enter for Child-Centred Journalism Awards

Media Monitoring Africa encourages journalists across Eastern and Southern Africa to submit their story ideas for the organaisation’s Isu Elihle “Great Idea” Awards before the deadline at midnight on 30 June 2017.

MMA has partnered with Save the Children International and Media Network on Child Rights and Development in Zambia for the awards which seek to give children a voice and highlight the status of children on our continent.

Story ideas can be targeted at any mainstream news medium such as TV, Radio or Online. The top three story ideas will be selected and announced during an AWARDS ceremony in September. The journalists behind these will each receive guaranteed financial support of ZAR 10 000. MMA and its partners will also offer mentorship 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).

Director at MMA, William Bird, says “These awards are critical to supporting investigative journalism in newsrooms across the region. We urge journalists to apply and commit themselves to thinking creatively around how to uncover issues facing the marginalised in our society and contribute to investing in our future.”

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

 For enquiries please contact:

William Bird

williamb@mma.org.za

Or

Ayabulela Poro

ayabulelap@mma.org.za

 Tel: +27 (0)11 788 1278

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Isu Elihle Awards

Rewarding Innovative journalism about children

 www.isuelihle.org

Follow the conversation:

#IsuElihle17

 Facebook:  MediaMatters Twitter:  MediaMattersZA

Entries Open for MMA’s Child-centred Journalism Awards

South African based media watchdog, Media Monitoring Africa (MMA) invites journalists across Eastern and Southern Africa to enter the organisation’s Isu Elihle Awards and stand a chance to win ZAR 25 000.

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MMA has partnered with Save the Children International and Media Network on Child Rights and Development in Zambia for the awards which seek to give children a voice and highlight the status of children on our continent.

Story ideas can be targeted at any mainstream news medium such as TV, Radio or Online. The top three story ideas will then be selected during an AWARDS ceremony in September. The journalists behind these will each receive guaranteed financial support of ZAR 10 000. MMA and its partners will also offer mentorship 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).

Applications for this year’s awards have been opened as part of National Child Protection Week and will close at midnight on 30 June 2017.

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

For enquiries please contact:

William Bird

williamb@mma.org.za

Or

Ayabulela Poro

ayabulelap@mma.org.za

Tel: +27 (0)11 788 1278

Isu Elihle Awards

Rewarding Innovative journalism about children

 www.isuelihle.org

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Isu Elihle Awards Morning Live Announcement!

On Monday 29 May 2017, Media Monitoring Africa Announced the rankings for the final stories submitted by the 2016 Isu Elihle Awards.

The Awards which were launched in November last year in partnership with Save the Children International and Media Network on Child Rights and Development in Zambia seek to encourage fresh reporting, innovative approaches and insightful investigations that give children a voice and elevate the status of the child in Eastern and Southern Africa.

Watch the Interview with SABC’s Morning Live.

Read the Top 3’s final Stories submitted for the Isu Elihle Awards!

On Monday 29 May 2017, Media Monitoring Africa Announced the rankings for the final stories submitted by the 2016 Isu Elihle Awards.

Louise Ferreira (South Africa) claimed the first prize of ZAR 25 000, for her in-depth journalism which explores the quality of sex education in South African schools.

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Louise Ferreira whose story was published by Mail & Guardian.

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Tanzania’s Abdallah Bakari-Nassoro, lands the second prize of ZAR 15 000 for his story published by the local Guardian which highlighted child domestic and sex work in the country.

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Abdallah Bakari-Nassoro whose story was published by the Guardian.

 

MMA awards the final prize of ZAR 10 000 to Judith Atim from Uganda, whose three-part radio series broadcast by Daily Monitor, exposed the abuse of children in the country’s prisons.

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Judith Atim’s story was broadcast by Daily Monitor.

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Entries for 2017 have been opened. All journalists from Eastern and Southern Africa are encouraged to apply.

Mail & Guardian Awarded Cash Prize for Publishing Top Story!

South Africa’s Mail and Guardian (M&G) has received a cash prize of ZAR10 000 for publishing the top story for Media Monitoring Africa (MMA)’s Isu Elihle Awards. 

Director at MMA William Bird and M&G's Editor Khadija Patel.
Director at MMA William Bird and M&G’s Editor Khadija Patel.

On Monday, 29 May, Director at William Bird congratulated the newsroom and encouraged journalists to enter this year’s competition.

The Awards which were launched in November last year in partnership with Save the Children International and Media Network on Child Rights and Development in Zambia seek to encourage fresh reporting, innovative approaches and insightful investigations that give children a voice and elevate the status of the child in Eastern and Southern Africa.

Louise Ferreira, the journalist behind the top story published by  M&G receives a cash prize of ZAR 25 000 for her in-depth journalism which explores the quality of sex education in South African schools. The story which was published in April was ranked first by a panel of judges including child media monitors, representative partners and media practitioners.

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Louise Ferreira, Winner of the inaugural Isu Elihle Awards

Tanzania’s Abdallah Bakari-Nassoro, lands the second prize of ZAR 15 000 for his story published by the local Guardian which highlighted child domestic and sex work in the country. MMA awards the final prize of ZAR 10 000 to Judith Atim from Uganda, whose three-part radio series broadcast by Daily Monitor, exposed the abuse of children in the country’s prisons.

Applications have been open for this year’s entries as part of National Child Protection Week.  

 

MMA Declares Winner for 2016 Child-centred Journalism Awards

Media Monitoring Africa (MMA) is proud to announce South African based journalist, Louise Ferreira, as the winner of the organisation’s Isu Elihle Awards launched in November last year.

Translated from IsiZulu to mean “Great Idea”, the awards seek to encourage fresh reporting, innovative approaches and insightful investigations that seek to give children a voice and elevate the status of the child in Eastern and Southern Africa.

Ferreira receives a cash prize of ZAR 25 000 for her in-depth journalism which explores the quality of sex education in South African schools. The story which was published by Mail & Guardian in April was ranked first by a panel of judges including child media monitors, representative partners and media practitioners.

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Louise Ferreira has been declared the winner of the 2016 Isu Elihle Awards

One of the judges Phemelo Motene of Talk Radio 702 commended Ferreira’s reporting: “It was wonderful how she addressed the mammoth task of education and sexuality in a manner that could be consumed lightly which I think is very innovative.”

Tanzania’s Abdallah Bakari-Nassoro, lands the second prize of ZAR 15 000 for his story published by the local Guardian which highlighted child domestic and sex work in the country. MMA awards the final prize of ZAR 10 000 to Judith Atim from Uganda, whose three-part radio series broadcast by Daily Monitor, exposed the abuse of children in the country’s prisons.

MMA has partnered with Save the Children International and Media Network on Child Rights and Development in Zambia for the awards. The top three finalists are offered financial support and mentorship to develop their concepts and publish their stories in mainstream news media.

Director at MMA William Bird says, “We congratulate all three finalists on their hard work and encourage other journalists and newsrooms to participate in this initiative.”

The applications for this year’s awards have been opened as part of National Child Protection Week. All journalists and writers from Eastern and Southern Africa are again encouraged to enter the competition before the deadline on 30 June 2017.

For more details, terms and conditions as well as the application form visit the Isu Eihle Award’s website www.isuelihle.org

For enquiries please contact:

William Bird
williamb@mma.org.za

Or

Ayabulela Poro
ayabulelap@mma.org.za

Tel: +27 (0)11 788 1278

Isu Elihle Awards
Rewarding Innovative journalism about children

Follow the conversation:
#IsuElihle17

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2016 Stories Submitted – Adjudication Underway!

The final stories for the 2016 Isu Elihle Awards have finally been submitted. During the month of May, a panel of judges had the difficult job of adjudicating the submitted and published stories. The panel included child media monitors, media practitioners and representatives from Media Monitoring Africa (MMA), Save the Children International, Media Network on Child Rights and Development.

The stories will be judged according to a set criteria which includes: Originality, Inclusion of Children’s Voices, Promotion of Children’s Rights and Quality of Reporting.

In case you need a reminder, these were the 2016 finalists:

  • Judith Atim (Uganda) whose story delved into Ugandan children in conflict with the law and the challenges they face in accessing justice and the conditions of the centres where they are detained.
  • Abdallah Akim Nassoro (Tanzania) who placed the spotlight on child domestic work in Tanzania, its conflict with the law and acceptance socially and culturally and the risks it poses for children in the country.
  • Louise Ferreira (South Africa) who investigated the quality of sex education in South African schools including a focus on bodily autonomy, sexual orientation and consent.

Once the adjudication process is finalised, the winners will be ranked and awarded the following cash prizes: ZAR 25 000 (Overall Winner), ZAR 15 000 (Second place) and ZAR 10 000 (Third place).

The rankings will be announced by MMA at the end of May.

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