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DEVELOPMENT JOURNALISM AWARDS (DJA) 2021

Published on: 6-04-2021

CALL FOR SUBMISSION OF ENTRIES

Every year, Rwanda Journalists Association (ARJ) in collaboration with Rwanda Governance Board (RGB) organises Development Journalism Awards to recognize and promote excellence and professionalism by awarding best-performing journalists and media houses. This year’s event will coincide with the celebration of the World Press Freedom Day on May 3rd, 2021.

In light of the above objective, Rwanda Journalists calls for submission of entries for the 8th Edition of the Development Journalism Awards.
The Award Categories are;

1. Documentary award (Radio/TV)

This is for the best documentary of the year. It rewards excellent journalism on a matter of public interest which could be descriptive, of a human interest nature or based on an interview. This category requires well researched story told in a manner that attracts viewers and listeners and leave them with knowledge or understanding of the covered subject. Image, sound quality and ambiance sound will be also considered. This category is not intended for investigations. It is Open to broadcasters (Radio and TV). Only those shortlisted make it to the final.

2. Feature story award (Online/Print)

This is for the best feature story of the year. It rewards excellent journalism on a matter of public interest which could be descriptive, of a human interest nature or based on an interview. The story must be well researched and written in a manner that attracts readers and leave them with knowledge or understanding of the covered subject. This category is not intended for investigations. It is open to print an online. Only those shortlisted make it to the final.

3. Business reporting award

For the journalist who has done the most to report on matters pertaining to the world of business. The award recognises journalists who accurately interpret the current state of affairs in business and economy and the impact of policies and laws on businesses and business practice on the public. Entries are accepted from Print/online and Radio/TV. Only those shortlisted make it to the final.

4. Investigation journalism award

For the most incisive and revelatory public interest investigation of the year. Collaborative (team) entries from Print/online and Radio/TV are accepted.
The judges will be looking for work which is compelling and which brings significant new information to light and exposes unknown truth on a matter of public interest. Only those shortlisted make it to the final.

5. Best photo of the Year Award

This award recognises a photo which appeared in an online news publication or print and complemented the corresponding written piece in telling the story in a unique and creative manner. The photo should also make it easy for readers to understand the content. Entrants will provide PDFs of the photos as they appeared in article, the original photo in JPEG/PNG format and a supporting statement not exceeding 300 words. Only those shortlisted make it to the final.

6. Sports Reporting Award

The award recognizes a story, documentary or magazine that cover, comment on or investigate the world of sport in a manner that draws attention on a matter of or serving public interest. Collaborative (team) entries are accepted. Only those shortlisted make it to the final.

7. Radio Talk-show of the Year Award

This award recognizes the best talk-show that was aired on Radio during the determined period. The choice of topic, choice of guests/speakers relevant to the topic, hosting and interviewing techniques, engagement of listeners will be highly considered. Only those shortlisted make it to the final.

8. TV Talk-show of the Year Award

This award recognizes the best talk-show that was aired on TV during the concerned period. The choice of topic, choice of guests/speakers relevant to the topic, hosting and interviewing techniques, engagement of viewers will be highly considered. Only those shortlisted make it to the final

9. Community Radio show of the Year

Community radios talk show-hosts are required to submit recordings of one their talk shows which they regard as the best addressing issues in their local communities. The judges will be examining the choice of topic, choice of guests/speakers relevant to the topic, hosting and interviewing techniques, engagement of viewers will be highly considered. Only those shortlisted make it to the final.

10. Health reporting award

This award recognises a journalist’s determination to generate investigative and well-researched stories related to health. Authors of Works which had impact, brought new information to light and which served the public interest in the field of health are encouraged to submit their entries. Only those shortlisted make it to the final.

11. Best story/show (female journalist)

The award recognizes journalistic works by female journalist practicing in Rwanda. This category is exclusive for female journalists who are encouraged to submit one their works (Print, Online, Radio, TV) which they regard as their best broadcast/article published during the determined period. Only those shortlisted make it to the final.

12. Best story of the year

For the outstanding journalist work of the year; winning entries in other categories will automatically be considered for this prize. There is no submission for this prize.

13. Life Time Achievement Award

Instead of submitting journalistic work, media practitioners or others shall nominate journalists who have been in the profession for a considerable period of time whose work, dedication, skills, integrity and service in the profession deserves to be recognized. Entries should be in form of short profiles on candidates detailing their achievements. Retired journalists well as deceased ones can be nominated in this category. An independent panel of judges will select the best candidate who will be recognized in this category.

SECTOR SPECIFIC REPORTING AWARDS

14. Unity and Reconciliation reporting Award

For journalists who have done compelling work on Unity and Reconciliation. Judges are looking for original work on Unity and Reconciliation that has served public interest in terms of promotion cohesion and mutual trust in the Rwandan society. Only those shortlisted make it to the final.

15. Energy Reporting award

For journalists who have done outstanding articles/stories covering the energy sector. Stories and publications which had impact, brought new information to light and served the public interest will highly be considered.

16. Service delivery promotion award

For journalists who have done outstanding articles/stories on Service Delivery. Stories and publications which had impact, brought new information to light and served the public interest in terms of promotion of quality service delivery.

17. Water and sanitation reporting

For journalists who have done outstanding articles/stories covering the water and sanitation sector. Stories and publications which had impact, brought new information to light and served the public interest in terms of promotion of quality service delivery.

18. GBV and Child Abuse reporting

For journalists who have done original, compelling work bringing public attention to GBV and abuse of children.

19. Gender Promotion Award (with focus on Girls)

This category is for TV stories/shows tackling the root causes of gender inequality and exclusion and on reshaping/challenging unequal gender and power relations, discriminatory social norms and policies, in realizing girls’ rights and equality between all children, young people and adults regardless of their gender or other identities.

20. Fighting teenage pregnancy

This category is for Print/Online stories/publications bringing public attention on the issue of adolescent pregnancy, its causes and consequences. Will also be considered under this category best works educating adolescents on reproductive health, strengthening girls’ agency and ability to make autonomous and informed decisions about their reproductive health; and addressing health needs of adolescents (in line with the Committee on the Rights of the Child General Comment No. 15, paragraph 56.

21. Grassroots Reporting Award

For journalists who have displayed in-depth knowledge of reporting on local government issues. Works that had an impact, brought new information to light, and which served the public interest will be highly considered.

SUBMISSION CRITERIA

1. Contestants should be practicing journalists working for an accredited media houses operating in Rwanda;
2. Contestants should submit a copy of valid press cards issued by the Rwanda Media Commission, a signed and stamped recommendation of the media house approving their participation in the competition;
3. Articles or broadcast stories should be submitted in English, French or Kinyarwanda;
4. Eligible works must have been published or aired between September 1st, 2019 and March 30th 2021;
5. For online, entries should be submitted in a PDF the screen shot showing the original format in which the story was published, plus the original link that leads to the story;
6. For print media, entries should be submitted in scanned PDF document showing details including the Newspaper/Magazine Title, date of publication and by-line;
7. Entries should be submitted via the following link: DEVELOPMENT JOURNALISM AWARDS (DJA) 2021. The space allocated for candidates to indicate their names, the title (of the article), date of publication, the publishing media outlet and the competition category should be filled properly;
8. The authenticity of the articles/publications and broadcast entries should be verifiable by the Judging panel;
9. Contestants who submit video and audio items should provide links where their entries can be accessed by judges;
10. A candidate is allowed to compete in only one category and only one article is accepted;
11. Female journalists who competed in other categories are also allowed to compete in the female journalist category award;
12. Entries made in programs, talk show, video and photo categories must be accompanied with a written summary of not more than 300 words;
13. Journalists in print should submit PDF files of their stories/articles as they were published;
14. Journalists in online media should provide links to their articles;
15. Submission of hard copies is not accepted;
16. Entries not responding to the above criteria will be rejected.

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION IS, 19th April 2021 AT 5.00PM

FOR INQUIRIES CONTACT: 0788487899 or 0788314402
Email: arjrwanda2020@gmail.com

Done at Kigali on 6th April 2021

Emmanuel Habumuremyi
Executive Secretary-ARJ

DEVELOPMENT JOURNALISM AWARDS (DJA) 2021
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