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Section 1: Category Awards

The category awards are open to journalists working in any medium (print, radio, TV, online).

Note: Best performers in each medium across all five categories will be decided by the judges and announced on the awards evening as Radio, TV, Print and Online financial journalist of the year. Winners of these awards are selected by the judges and so these awards do not require a separate entry.

The categories are:

  • Business/companies
  • Economy
  • Financial markets
  • Consumer financial education
  • African Growth story

Category Overview Criteria Submission format/eligibility
Business/ companies

Reporting on companies (listed or private), their performance, challenges, leadership, management issues including corporate governance, fraud etc.

Analysis of business trends and issues is included in this category.

Print, online and broadcast are eligible.

  • News value
  • Impact
  • Rigour in reporting
  • Analytical value
  • Originality
  • Integrity
  • Specialist knowledge

One entry per category.

One entry consists of a minimum of three and maximum of five articles, reports, recordings or transcriptions that have been published or broadcast between 1 January and 31 December 2018.

Submitted entries will not be returned.

Economy

Reporting on the economy and political economy and the impact of South African government policy, international policy and events that impact the South African economy.

Analysis of economic and political economical trends and issues is included in this category.

Print, online and broadcast are eligible.

  • News value
  • Impact
  • Rigour in reporting
  • Analytical value
  • Originality
  • Integrity
  • Specialist knowledge

One entry per category.

One entry consists of a minimum of three and maximum of five articles, reports, recordings or transcriptions that have been published or broadcast between 1 January and 31 December 2018.

Submitted entries will not be returned.

Financial markets

Reporting on financial markets, such as equity and fixed income markets, commodities, soft commodities and money markets.

Includes reporting or analysis on capital, merger and acquisitions financing, business and private banking.

Print, online and broadcast are eligible.

  • News value
  • Impact
  • Rigour in reporting
  • Analytical value
  • Originality
  • Integrity
  • Specialist knowledge

One entry per category.

One entry consists of a minimum of three and maximum of five articles, reports, recordings or transcriptions that have been published or broadcast between 1 January and 31 December 2018.

Submitted entries will not be returned.

Consumer financial education

Reporting that displays an obvious and meaningful commitment to educating ordinary South Africans about their personal finances. Topics covered can include savings, investments, debt, retirement, financial planning, budgeting and medical aid.

The entries should succeed in interpreting and presenting complex information in an easy-to-follow and engaging way and should be aimed at a consumer audience.

Ultimately, the work submitted should be judged as directly making a contribution to the betterment of the lives of South Africans by improving their money management and financial planning abilities.

  • News value
  • Impact
  • Rigour in reporting
  • Analytical value
  • Originality
  • Integrity
  • Specialist knowledge

One entry per category.

One entry consists of a minimum of three and maximum of five articles, reports, recordings or transcriptions that have been published or broadcast between 1 January and 31 December 2018.

Submitted entries will not be returned.

Special category:
The African Growth Story

In-depth reporting that specifically covers and highlights the African growth story, which highlights the economic awakening and rise of the continent and the challenges and obstacles to growth.

       

Entries are invited from across Africa. Stories should focus on the growth of the continent in terms of investments, infrastructural development, economic progress and related topics. Stories can be presented from a particular country's perspective, but should reflect on continental issue on the whole.

  • News value
  • Impact
  • Rigour in reporting
  • Analytical value
  • Originality
  • Integrity
  • Specialist knowledge

One entry per journalist (co-authored articles are accepted).

One entry consists of a minimum of three and maximum of five articles, reports, recordings or transcriptions that have been published or broadcast between 1 January and 31 December 2018.

Submitted entries will not be returned.

Journalists from any African country (including South Africa) who are working for media that are produced and distributed in Africa are eligible for entry.

Section 2: Special Awards

Winners in the special awards category are selected by the judges and are not entered for.

The categories are:

  • Best Newcomer
  • Lifetime Achievement
  • Journalist of the year
CategoryOverviewCriteriaSubmission format
Best newcomer

The best newcomer award will be presented for the best entry by a participant entering with experience of three years or less.

  • News value
  • Impact
  • Rigour in reporting
  • Analytical value
  • Originality
  • Integrity
  • Specialist knowledge
  • Story-telling in relevant platform

The award goes to a journalist with experience of three years or less who the judges have identified (through a nomination and debate process) as making a significant contribution through their reporting.

The winner will be the newcomer who displays the most potential and who the judges believe will make a powerful contribution to financial journalism in the future.

The work should be in the areas of business/ companies, economy, financial markets or consumer financial education.

Lifetime achievement

This award recognises the collective value brought to the profession of financial journalism by an outstanding individual in appreciation of consistent professionalism, influential reporting and inspirational contributions.

  • Impact
  • Rigour in reporting
  • Analytical value
  • Originality
  • Integrity
  • Specialist knowledge
  • Breadth and depth of body of work
  • Contribution to industry
  • Contribution to society

Through a nomination and debate process, the judges will identify a journalist who has made the most significant overall contribution throughout the course of their reporting career.

Note that this is a merit-based award which will be made only in years where an outstanding candidate is identified.

Journalist of the year

This award honours South Africa's top financial journalist for the current awards period. It is awarded to the individual who most significantly influenced the way perceptions are formed through the media on financial matters in our country.

  • News value
  • Impact
  • Rigour in reporting
  • Analytical value
  • Originality
  • Integrity
  • Specialist knowledge
  • Story-telling in relevant platform

Based on work submitted, a number of names are tabled to and by the judging panel.

Rigorous debate and analysis of work follows, after which a winner is named.

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