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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
One entry per journalist (co-authored articles are accepted).
Journalists practicing in Africa whose work is published/broadcast in Africa are eligible.
Reporting through the traditional radio or online and platforms on any of the following topics:
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.
One entry must consist of a minimum of three and maximum of recordings or transcriptions broadcast between 1 January and 31 December 2020.
Reporting through the traditional television medium or on video in other new media (e.g. Twitter, LinkedIn, etc.) platforms:
The categories are:
The best newcomer award is for a participant entering with experience of three or less years.
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).
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.
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.
News value:Relevance, context, breaking news
Impact:Significance, benefit to society
Rigour in reporting:Depth and breadth, accuracy, reliability, thoroughness
Analytical value:Insight, analysis, interpretation
Originality:Enterprise, discovery, originality of subject, originality of initiative, surprising angle
Integrity:Balance, fairness, independence, transparency
Specialist knowledge:depth of understanding of subject matter
Storytelling - written:
Storytelling - visual:
Storytelling - audio: