The African Fact-Checking Awards – the only awards that each year honour journalism by Africa-based media in the emerging field of fact-checking are now in their fifth year, and continue to grow.

In 2017, we received a record number of applications – 159 entries from 25 countries – spanning Ethiopia and Egypt in the north to South Africa and Zimbabwe in the South.


This year, we have added exciting new categories.

  1. Fact-check of the year & runner-up (for a single piece of work)
  2. Fact-checking series of the year & runner up (for a body of work)
  3. Fact-check of the year by a student & runner-up (a single piece of work done by a journalism student)
  4. Fact of the year (most striking statistic first published or broadcast that year – voted for by our readers)

You can enter the awards if you publish or broadcast a report between 1 September 2017 and 15 August 2018, exposing as misleading or wrong a claim on an important topic made by a public figure or institution in Africa.


The winners of the awards for best fact-checking report and best fact-checking series by a working journalist will each take away a prize of $2,000, with two runners-up taking away prizes of $1,000 each. The winner of the award for best fact-checking report by a student journalist will take away a prize of $1,000 and the runner-up scooping $500. The names of the winners and runners-up will be announced at a ceremony to be held in Johannesburg, South Africa, in October.

Criteria for eligibility

Entries must be an original piece of fact-checking journalism first published or broadcast between 1 September 2017 and 15 August 2018 by a media house based in Africa or produced as coursework.

The work may be published in print or online, broadcast on the radio or television or published in a blog. Reports published by Africa Check are not eligible for the competition.

Winner of the new student category, Moussa Ngom attending CESTI, Senegal. Photo: Hyppolite Valdez Onanina

For the student category, the candidate must also have attended a journalism school in Africa at some period between 1 September 2017 and 15 August 2018.

Entries can be published or broadcast in any language but for them to be considered, if they are not originally done in English or French, a translation into English or French must be provided.

Any individual and/or team can put in a maximum of two entries each.

The judging process

All entries sent into the competition before midnight on 15 August 2018 will be judged on the following four criteria.

  • The significance for wider society of the claim investigated
  • How the claim was tested against the available evidence
  • How well the piece presented the evidence for and against the claim
  • The impact that the publication had on public debate on the topic

The judges’ decision is final.

Entries open 1 July and close 15 August 2018 at midnight. Visit Africa Check for more information.