Application Deadline: January 30th, 2022

The Michael Elliott Award for Excellence in African Storytelling, a collaboration between the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ), the ONE Campaign, and the Elliott family, honors up-and-coming journalists in Africa who strives to strengthen people’s voices and illuminate the transformational change taking place on the continent.

The Award was established in honor of Michael Elliott, an outstanding editor, philanthropist, and former ICFJ director, whose life was a testament to the power of storytelling to bear witness to and improve the human condition. Elliott served as a distinguished editor at The Economist, Newsweek, and Time before becoming CEO of ONE.


  • 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 exemplifies Africa through thoughtful reporting and excellent storytelling. We are looking for impactful investigative or explanatory pieces, especially those that illuminate transformational change in Africa.
  • A copy of the published story or broadcast clip must be submitted in English. Works in other languages must include English translations. We welcome submissions from print, broadcast or digital journalists. Multimedia submissions may include web, audio, video, visual or mixed media.
  • The submitted story must be published between December 1, 2020, and December 1, 2021


  • The winners will receive a cash prize, a $1,000 reporting grant, and a personalized crystal award.
  • One of the winners will complete a two-week internship at The Economist’s headquarters in London, United Kingdom. 
  • Another winner will spend time in U.S. newsrooms in Washington, D.C., and New York City.

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the 2022 ICFJ/ONE Michael Elliott Award for Excellence in African Storytelling

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