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Innovative thinking in news about children

Friday 14 October 2016, by SIGNIS

Cape Town, October 14th, 2016 (MMA). Media Monitoring Africa (MMA), a South African based media watchdog, in partnership with Media Network on Child Rights and Development (MNCRD) in Zambia, and Save the Children International (SCI) are offering an Award for innovative children’s reporting.

Media professionals who seek to encourage fresh reporting, innovative angles, insightful investigations and who seek to give children a voice and elevate the status of the child in Eastern and Southern Africa will be awarded and honoured. This call is open to anyone, from seasoned journalist, to fresh young talent, photographer, editor, in print, digital, radio, TV or the web.

All professional journalists based in the East and Southern Africa region are invited to submit story ideas to be awarded cash prizes and with a focus on children’s issues to be considered for the inaugural Isu Elihle Awards. Isu Elihle is a phrase derived from isiZulu which means “Great idea”.

Extensive research conducted by MMA, MNCRD and SCI into the representation of children in the media indicates that children are effectively marginalised and excluded from news media. Director of MMA William Bird says, “Children are also seldom seen as target audiences for news media. In addition, journalists often lack the necessary resources, both time and technical means, to conduct adequate research for stories.”

The Isu Elihle Awards therefore call on journalists to submit their best story ideas focused on issues affecting children as a response to improve the representation of children in the media. Director of MNCRD Henry Kabwe says, “Journalists are challenged to think innovatively and ethically around the representation and inclusion of children in the news in order to contribute to competitive, in-depth and high-quality coverage of children in the media.”

The top three ideas will be selected by a panel of judges and the journalists behind these will be supported by the awards to produce their stories. The top three finalists (to be announced in November 2016) will then be ranked and awarded cash prizes. Journalists are encouraged to explore any topic or issue involving children.

For more details, please visit this website.

Deadline for this project is November 3rd.

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