Open the Knowledge Journalism Awards in Africa

Open the Knowledge Journalism Awards in Africa

Deadline: 30-Jun-23

The Wikimedia Foundation has launched the inaugural Open the Knowledge Journalism Awards, to celebrate the contributions of journalists in Africa who prioritize diversity, equity and inclusion in their reporting.

The awards recognize the essential role journalists play in creating well-researched articles that volunteer editors can use as source materials to develop content on Wikipedia and other Wikimedia projects. Their work helps to grow the knowledge base on one of the world’s most visited websites, so that it is more reflective of the topics, events and people that influence the understanding of culture and history through the ages.

African journalists living on the continent are invited to self nominate articles they have written that help expand knowledge about Africa.

  • Africa journalists living on the continent can self-nominate articles they have written under the following categories that have been chosen with the help of Wikimedia contributors in Africa.
    • Arts, Culture, Heritage, and Sports
    • Article topics can include (but are not limited to) the following areas:
      • Advocating for the preservation of local languages, arts, and cultural practices that celebrate Africa’s rich heritage.
      • Showcasing the entertainment industry, including traditional cultural dance and music on the continent.
      • Sports reporting that showcases African sportspersons.
      • Stories about monuments, natural parks, and other geographic areas of interest.
    • Health, Climate Change, and Environment
    • Article topics can include (but are not limited to) the following areas:
      • Climate change and environmental issues affecting the African continent, and how they are being addressed.
      • Reporting on health and wellbeing to improve understanding or raise awareness of/dispel myths and misinformation about prevalent diseases.
    • Women and Youth
    • Article topics can include (but are not limited to) the following areas:
      • Showcasing the various achievements of women in different facets of life, including in politics, economics, business, the development sector, and poverty alleviation.
      • Highlighting issues affecting Africa’s youth, including the impact of migration, unemployment and access to opportunities.
      • Showcasing young people who are making a positive impact on the continent.
    • Digital and Human Rights
    • Article topics can include (but are not limited to) the following areas:
      • Advocating for access to the internet, digital inclusion, and equitable distribution of information.
      • Tackling and exposing the challenges of misinformation and the importance of fact checking on the continent.
      • Highlighting issues that affect the upholding of the rights of numerous marginalized groups on the continent, including (but not limited to), LGBTI+ communities, those excluded due to race, identity, age or physical ability.
      • Highlighting challenges that exist on the continent in meeting the International Bill of Human Rights.
      • Issues affecting children’s human rights, as guided by the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

What they are offering award recipients

  • First-place award recipient: will receive USD 2000, a trophy, a certificate of recognition and an opportunity to join Wikimedians at the African Regional Community Conference, Wiki Indaba, in November 2023. While there, the award recipient will have the opportunity to share more about their experiences as a journalist and some of the challenges and opportunities they see in their work.
  • Second-place award-recipient: will receive USD 1500, and a certificate of recognition.
  • Special Mentions: will be given by the Wikimedia Foundation to an additional four nominees, one in each category.
  • All awardees (including those receiving special mentions) and their work will be celebrated on the Wikimedia Foundation’s website and social media channels.
Award Criteria
  • Geography: Journalists must be citizens of a country in Africa, and primarily reside on the African continent.
  • Relevance: Articles should be about the African continent, and relate to the award categories.
  • Publishing date: Articles should have been published between January 1, 2022 to June 23, 2023.
  • Language: Articles should be published in English.
  • Originality: The articles should be your own original work, with in-depth analysis and/or investigative reporting.
  • Proof of publication: Submissions will be easier to review if you supply proof of the article’s publication in the form of a link/URL.
  • Reliability and accuracy: Articles that are submitted must be accurate and well researched, without seeking to misinform or misrepresent facts. Objective, well researched articles ensure that the information on Wikipedia is accurate.
  • Ethical conduct: Because the Wikimedia Foundation respects human rights, they are looking for articles that are developed with the utmost respect for people. They seek journalists who demonstrate ethical conduct and adherence to journalistic standards.
  • Accessibility: Wikimedia Foundation promotes access to free knowledge. Because of this, articles must be made available for viewing without a paywall.
  • You can submit as many articles as you would like to be considered for this recognition. However, you cannot submit the same article in more than one category. You have to decide which category best represents the contents of the article.
  • There are no fees associated with this nomination process.
  • Wikimedia Foundation staff are not eligible to nominate their own work.
  • The Wikimedia Foundation (in collaboration with volunteer Wikimedia editors), through its discretion, will use these nominations to help identify journalists for this recognition.


  • Awardees announced: November (3–5) at the Africa Regional Community Conference Wiki Indaba.

For more information, visit Open the Knowledge Journalism Awards.

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