The African Institute for Development Policy (AFIDEP has announced a call for entries allowing journalists in Africa to apply for the second edition of the Emerging Health Technologies (EHTs) Media Award of Excellence.

The EHTs Media Award is open to published and broadcasted works in print, radio, television, and online media and is open to African journalists publishing in African-led and African-based media houses.

Journalist’s entries must be those that were published or broadcast between 1 November 2022 and 30 August 2023.

According to AFIDEP all stories entered should address EHT development issues relevant to Africa, such as ongoing research, regulatory frameworks needed to guide this work, community participation, public awareness and understanding, involvement of African scientists, and equity and benefit sharing.

The award focuses on emerging health technologies prioritized by the African Union (AU) as having the potential to change the trajectory of disease and health in Africa if well developed, tested, and deployed.

The technologies include gene drives and monoclonal antibodies for malaria control, drones, microgrids, artificial intelligence, gene editing, and next-generation medicine.

All entries are required to be in English or French while stories done in local languages should be translated, and the original language indicated.

Categories

 Individuals may submit three entries per category published during the period indicated above to be eligible for the award.

The categories are, Print journalism – Feature/article between 700 and 1,500 words published in a newspaper, magazine, journal or newsletter.

Radio journalism: Documentary or discussion programme between 5 and 45 minutes.

Television journalism: Documentary or discussion programme between 5 and 45 minutes.

Online/new media: Feature/article between 700 and 1,500 words, or audio/visual documentary or discussion programme between 5 and 45 minutes. This must be published in an online-only newspaper, magazine, journal or media house. Submitted files should not exceed 15MB.

Prizes

EHTs Media Award Grand Prize is USD5, 000; print winner will pocket USD2, 500 and runners up USD1, 000. Radio winner will get a reward of USD2, 500 and runner-up USD1, 000.

Television winners will get USD2, 500 and runner-up USD1, 000. The online winner will receive USD2, 500 and runner-up USD1, 000.

Entries should be submitted to the AFIDEP secretariat at htp@afidep.org, copying Pauline.Soy@afidep.org and Adaudo.Anyiam-Osigwe@afidep.org in English before Friday, 15 September 2023. All works submitted must be original and in conformity with copyright requirements

The winners will be announced in December 2023.

The EHTs Media Award is an annual recognition of journalists who contribute to increasing the public’s awareness and understanding of EHTs, and putting them on the agenda of governments in Africa through quality media reporting.

The objectives of the EHTs Media Award are to promote quality reporting of the emerging health technologies being developed for use in Africa, as well as to raise public awareness, understanding, participation, and local ownership of these technologies.