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Section 1: Category Awards

The category awards are open to financial journalists reporting business news in print, audio, TV and online media on the following topics:

  • Business/companies
  • Economy
  • Financial markets
  • Consumer financial education
  • Africa Growth Story
  • Broadcast: Audio
  • Broadcast: Television/Video

NB: The two broadcast categories (Audio and Television/Video) are open to African financial journalists based on the continent, covering stories on the Africa Growth Story topic only.

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, radio, and TV media are eligible.

  • News value
  • Impact
  • Rigour in reporting
  • Analytical Value
  • Originality
  • Integrity
  • Specialist Knowledge
  • Writing Quality
  • Audio/TV Production value and visual impact (where applicable)

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 2020.

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 influence the South African economy.

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

Print, online, radio, and TV media are eligible

  • News value
  • Impact
  • Rigour in reporting
  • Analytical value
  • Originality
  • Integrity
  • Specialist knowledge
  • Writing quality
  • Audio/TV production value and visual impact (where applicable)

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 2020.

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, radio, and TV media are eligible

  • News value
  • Impact
  • Rigour in reporting
  • Analytical value
  • Originality
  • Integrity
  • Specialist knowledge
  • Writing quality
  • Audio/TV production value and visual impact (where applicable)

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 2020.

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 for the consumer audience.

Ultimately, the work submitted should contribute to the betterment of the lives of South Africans by improving their money management and financial planning abilities.

Print, online, radio, and TV media are eligible

  • News value
  • Impact
  • Educational/informative
  • Simplification of complex information for ease of reading/viewing/listening and understanding
  • Rigour in reporting
  • Analytical value
  • Originality
  • Integrity
  • Specialist knowledge
  • Writing quality
  • Audio/TV production value and visual impact (where applicable)

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 2020.

Submitted entries will not be returned.

The Africa 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.

The panel invites entries from across Africa. Stories should focus on the growth of the continent in terms of investments, infrastructural development, economic progress and related topics. Stories may reflect a particular country's perspective, but should reflect on the continental issue as a whole.

Print, online, radio, and TV media are eligible

  • News value
  • Impact
  • Rigour in reporting
  • Analytical value
  • Originality
  • Integrity
  • Specialist knowledge
  • Audio/TV production value and visual Impact (where applicable)
  • Stories may reflect a particular country's perspective but should reflect on the continental issue as a whole.

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 2020.

Submitted entries will not be returned.

Journalists practicing in Africa whose work is published/broadcast in Africa are eligible.

Broadcast: Audio

Reporting through the traditional radio or online and platforms on any of the following topics:

  • Business & companies
  • Economy
  • Financial markets
  • Consumer financial education
  • Africa Growth Story

NB: This category is open to journalists from all African countries. Journalists from outside South Africa can enter stories only covering the Africa Growth Story topic.

  • News value
  • Impact
  • Rigour in reporting
  • Analytical value
  • Originality
  • Integrity
  • Specialist knowledge
  • Scripting quality
  • Production value
  • Audio creativity

One entry per category.

One entry must consist of a minimum of three and maximum of recordings or transcriptions broadcast between 1 January and 31 December 2020.

Submitted entries will not be returned.

Broadcast: Television/Video

Reporting through the traditional television medium or on video in other new media (e.g. Twitter, LinkedIn, etc.) platforms:

  • Business & companies
  • Economy
  • Financial markets
  • Consumer financial education
  • Africa Growth Story

NB: This category is open to journalists from all African countries. Journalists from outside South Africa can enter stories only covering the Africa Growth Story topic.

  • News value
  • Impact
  • Rigour in reporting
  • Analytical value
  • Originality
  • Integrity
  • Specialist knowledge
  • Scripting quality
  • Production value
  • Visual impact

One entry per category.

One entry must consist of a minimum of three and maximum of recordings or transcriptions broadcast between 1 January and 31 December 2020.

Submitted entries will not be returned.

Section 2: Special Awards

At their discretion, judges select the winners for these special award categories.

The categories are:

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

Best newcomer

The best newcomer award is for a participant entering with experience of three or less years.

  • Consistent performance in entries for other categories.

The award goes to a journalist with experience of three years or less, who the judges have identified (through nomination and evaluation).

The winner should display high potential in their reporting and contribution to financial journalism in the future.

News topics should cover business/companies, economy, financial markets, consumer financial education, and Africa Growth Story.

Lifetime Achievement Award

This award recognises the collective value brought to the profession of financial journalism by an individual through consistent professionalism, inspirational leadership (including mentorship, influential reporting and management where applicable).

  • ±20 years’ experience in financial journalism on the African continent
  • Citizen of and residing in any African country
  • Proven track record as a practising financial journalist in Africa (may have experience working in other continents)
  • Preferably someone who has retired from financial journalism.

Financial Journalist of the Year

This award honours South Africa's top financial journalist for the current awards period. The individual who significantly influences the public perceptions through the media on financial matters in South Africa receives the award.

  • Relevance and impact
  • Rigour in reporting
  • Analysis
  • Originality
  • Integrity
  • Specialist knowledge
  • Storytelling in relevant platform

Must be a winner in at least one other category.

Must have complied with all the other criteria and eligibility requirements of the other categories.

Nominated or chosen at the discretion of the judging panel.

The awards will be judged according to the below weighted criteria.

CriteriaGuiding questions for judgesNeutral awards weightingSpecific awards weighting

News value:
Relevance, context, breaking news

  • Was the journalist the first to break the news?
  • Did the journalist present a new, fresh and insightful angle on a story?
  • Was the story relevant within the broader societal agenda?
  • Is it contextualised within this relevance?

/20

/20

Impact:
Significance, benefit to society

  • Was it of sufficient significance to have an impact on the public?
  • Did the story lead to action in the broader sense, e.g. from an industry body, group of consumers, government?
  • Did it make a positive contribution to society?

/10

/15

Rigour in reporting:
Depth and breadth, accuracy, reliability, thoroughness

  • Is there evidence of research conducted by the journalist?
  • Did he/she display imagination or resourcefulness in conducting the research?
  • Did he/she consult a wide and balanced range of credible sources?
  • Is there evidence of accuracy?

/20

N/A

Analytical value:
Insight, analysis, interpretation

  • Did the journalist probe the ‘why’ and ‘how’ behind the story?
  • Did the journalist conduct sound and insightful analysis of the subject matter?
  • Did the story indicate that the journalist had an extremely deep knowledge and understanding of the issue or subject matter?
  • Did he/she present this interpretation in a clear, concise and credible manner?

/10

N/A

Originality:
Enterprise, discovery, originality of subject, originality of initiative, surprising angle

  • How original or unique was the subject matter?
  • Did the journalist find an angle which was unexpected?
  • Did the journalist display enterprise and initiative in finding the topic?
  • Did the journalist execute the story in a unique way?

/10

/20

Integrity:
Balance, fairness, independence, transparency

  • Did the journalist present a balanced story by consulting all appropriate sources on all sides?
  • Did he/she give all sources equal weighting in the final report?
  • Was he/she transparent about his/her sources and methods?
  • Are his/her views independent of any third-party agenda?
  • Did the journalist distinguish between fact and comment?

/10

/15

Specialist knowledge:
depth of understanding of subject matter

  • Did the journalist display deep understanding of the subject matter?
  • Did the report/s make a positive contribution to the category (business, economy, financial markets, consumer financial education, the Africa growth story)?

/20

N/A

Storytelling - written:

  • Did the journalist succeed in presenting the topic in an understandable, accessible way?
  • Did the writer display quality and creativity in the use of language? Judge in terms of style, tone, grammar and sentence construction.
  • Did the journalist display a deep understanding of how to use the written word to communicate effectively with readers?
  • Was there a strong, compelling introduction to the story?
  • Was there a well-developed focus and theme?
  • Was the story well-organised and structured?
  • Was the writing lively and engaging?

N/A

/30

Storytelling - visual:

  • Did the journalist succeed in presenting the topic in an understandable, accessible way?
  • Did the reporter make exceptional use of the medium through impactful visuals and other innovative techniques to tell the story?
  • Did the journalist display a deep understanding of how to communicate effectively with viewers?
  • Was there a strong, compelling introduction to the story?
  • Was the narrative clear, concise and grammatically accurate?
  • Was the story well organised and structured?
  • Was the broadcast lively and engaging?

N/A

/30

Storytelling - audio:

  • Did the journalist succeed in presenting the topic in an understandable, accessible way?
  • Did the reporter make exceptional use of the medium through sound and other innovative techniques?
  • Did the journalist display a deep understanding of how to use their voice to communicate effectively with listeners?
  • Did the report have a strong audio impact?
  • Was there a strong, compelling introduction to the story?
  • Was the narrative clear, concise and grammatically accurate?
  • Was the story well-organised and structured?
  • Was the broadcast lively and engaging?

N/A

/30

Criteria Overview

  • Balance or fairness: Stories must strive for balance and attempt to present all sides of a story. On fairness, the story should strive for accuracy and truth in reporting, and not slant in any particular way.
  • Insight, analysis or examination of the context of the story. This includes references to the journalist having probed the questions "why" and "how" behind a story.
  • Originality includes originality of an idea and/or its importance, originality of subject, originality of execution, initiative, surprising angle, interesting subject.
  • Relevance and public impact or benefit of the story, includes relevance to community, public service impact, effect on society, leads to action, challenges and shows value/utility for the reader/listener/viewer.
  • Reporting rigour includes references to information gathering, depth of research or number of sources, thoroughness of reporting, new information and factual detail.
  • Writing and/or storytelling techniques includes writing/broadcasting quality, engagement and emotional impact, vivid presentation, compelling/captured attention, structure/architecture, creativity, style or flair, voice and narrative technique.
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