Michael Elliott Award for Excellence in African Storytelling 2020

Deadline: Sunday, December 15, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. EST.

The International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) in collaboration with ONE and the Elliott family seek entries for the 2020 Michael Elliott Award for Excellence in African Storytelling. In its fourth year, this prestigious award will honor an up-and-coming journalist in Africa who tells important stories through quality reporting.

This prestigious annual award honors an emerging journalist in Africa who strives to strengthen people’s voices and illuminate the transformational change taking place on the continent. In a special study tour organized by ICFJ, the winner will spend time in U.S. newsrooms in Washington, D.C. and New York City to learn new skills and share knowledge. The winner also completes a two-week internship in London at The Economist’s headquarters in London, United Kingdom.

To take full advantage of the tour and the internship, applicants must speak English, even if they work in another language.

The winner also receives a US$5,000 cash prize. 

ICFJ is now accepting entries for the 2020 award. Apply here.


  • 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 uses top-notch reporting to capture stories of modern Africa. The submission can be a feature story; an in-depth, investigative or explanatory piece; or a multimedia report or documentary.
  • A copy of the published story or broadcast clip must be submitted in English. Works in other languages must include English translations.
  • The submitted story must have been published between Dec. 1, 2018, and Dec. 1, 2019.

A distinguished international jury selects the winner


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