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Section 1: Category Awards

The category awards are open to journalists working in print, radio, TV, online media.

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.

Stories on analysis of business trends and issues can be submitted for 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 must consist of a minimum of three and maximum of five articles, recordings or transcriptions published or broadcast between 1 January and 31 December 2019.

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.

Stories on analysis of economic and political economical trends and issues can be submitted for 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 must consist of a minimum of three and maximum of five articles, recordings or transcriptions published or broadcast between 1 January and 31 December 2019.

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 must consist of a minimum of three and maximum of five articles, recordings or transcriptions published or broadcast between 1 January and 31 December 2019.

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 interpret and present complex information in an easy-to-follow and engaging way for a consumer audience.

Ultimately, the work submitted should help South Africans improve their understanding of money management and financial planning.

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

One entry per category.

One entry must consist of a minimum of three and maximum of five articles, recordings or transcriptions published or broadcast between 1 January and 31 December 2019.

Submitted entries will not be returned.

Special category:
The African Growth Story

In-depth reporting that 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 open to media/journalists 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 must consist of a minimum of three and maximum of five articles, recordings or transcriptions published or broadcast between 1 January and 31 December 2019.

Submitted entries will not be returned.

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

Section 2: Special Awards

Winners in the special awards category are selected at the discretion of judging panel.

The categories are:

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

Best newcomer

The best newcomer award is for the best entry by a participant having 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 nomination and evaluation) as making a significant contribution through their reporting.

The winner should display the high potential and impress upon the judges that they would 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 contribution and value brought to the profession of financial journalism by an outstanding individual. It is awarded in appreciation of consistent professionalism, influential reporting and inspirational leadership and/or other contributions to the profession.

Through nomination and evaluation, the judges select a journalist who has made the most significant overall contribution throughout the course of their financial journalism career.

This is a merit-based award that will be made only when an outstanding candidate is identified. As in all other categories in the Sanlam Awards for Excellence in Financial Journalism, the judge’s decision is final.

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.

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

Based on work submitted, several names are considered by the judging panel.

Rigorous debate and analysis of work follows, after which the judging panel select the winner.

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