Norbert Zongo African Prize for Investigative Journalism (PAJI-NZ)

The Centre national de presse Norbert Zongo (CNP-NZ) and the Cellule Norbert Zongo pour le journalisme d’investigation en Afrique de l’Ouest (CENOZO) are launching a call for entries for the Norbert Zongo African Prize for Investigative Journalism (PAJI-NZ).

The PAJI-NZ is aimed at rewarding the work of African journalists in the print, radio, television, and online media, who have carried out high-quality investigations into corruption, organised crime, human rights violations, governance, environmental crime, terrorism, and other issues.

Applicants for the PAJI-NZ must be African journalists employed or working regularly with one or more media organisations; or a non-African journalist who has lived in Africa for at least two years prior to applying and who works in the area of Africa.

The PAJI-NZ will honour journalistic pieces in each media category (print, radio, television, online) and a special award called the “GOLDEN SEGBO” will be for the overall best piece produced in all media categories.

Any content submitted for the PAJI-NZ must have been published between 03 May 2021 and 03 May 2023. The deadline for submissions is August 15, 2023 at 17:00 GMT. Shortlisted candidates will be published on September 15, 2023.

Interested applicants should send an application by email to: [email protected] or [email protected] or by post to: CNP-NZ / CENOZO – 04BP 8524 Ouagadougou 04 / Burkina Faso.

The entry form must include:

A declaration of application giving full details of the candidate’s identity (surname, first names, pseudonym or pen name used);

A copy of the story submitted as a PDF, MP4 video or MP3 audio file or a URL link;

A testimonial from the media organisation confirming that the applicant is currently a member of the editorial staff of the media organisation that published the work;

A curriculum vitae including a photo of the applicant;

For non-African journalists, evidence of at least two years’ residence in Africa on the date of application;

A signed written statement from the applicant authorizing the PAJI-NZ Prize organisers to use the applicant’s name, voice, images, and material submitted, if awarded, without compensation and in all media, for publicity/public relations purposes or for information about the Prize.

The PAJI-NZ winners will be invited to the awards ceremony that will be held from 18 to 21 October 2023 in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, during the 10th edition of the International Festival for Freedom of Expression and Press (FILEP).

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