Media Monitoring Africa (MMA) in patnership with Save the Children International (SCI)  and Media Network on Child Rights and Development (MNCRD)  invite all journalists in East and Southern Africa to submit their story ideas in the Isu Elihle (Great Idea) Awards.

The awards are aimed at media professionals that seek to encourage fresh reporting, innovative angles, insightful investigations and those that seek to give children a voice and elevate the status of the child in Eastern and Southern Africa.

To enter the competition, access the application form here

Entries will close on the 3rd of November 2016

Criteria for judging entries:

Please note that both the story idea and the published/broadcasted story will be judged according to the criteria below.

The story idea must give consideration for the best interests of children and the ethical manner in which children are treated and given a voice in the story . Journalists must adhere to ethical practices and principles in the planning and execution of the story as MMA and its partners will not tolerate the violation of children’s rights in the media,   in any shape or form. Please refer to the Editorial guideline and principals for reporting on children

Focus has to be given to  issues that impact children and where children’s voices  and opinions are prioritised.

The story idea must be fresh, innovative, and offer a different perspective to children’s issues. If the story idea is selected as part of the top three, the journalist must be able to produce the story within             reasonable time period.

The story idea could be about an area that is not commonly given a children’s angle such as the economy or economic impact on children, land issues, investment or any other trending news story or topic.

Stories need to highlight possible solutions to problems or issues that children face and where possible, promote solutions offered by children.

Adjudicators will look into the Extent to which a story challenges common negative stereotypes about the roles of children in society, especially within the gender debate. Stories should avoid treating children as homogenous group and should consider how multiple deprivations affect children from different backgrounds.

Stories must not perpetuate discrimination on the basis of: sex, gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, HIV status, disabilities, ethnic identity, gender identity and nationality.

Story must seek the truth and report it accurately and as fully as possible.

Act independently and minimise harm to children.

Story must ensure balanced reporting that is in the best interests of the child and the journalist must listen attentively to children.


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