African Climate Change and Environmental Reporting (ACCER) Awards 2018 (Fully-funded to COP24 + $1000)

African Climate Change and Environmental Reporting (ACCER) Awards 2018 (Fully-funded to COP24 + $1000)

Deadline: August 5, 2018

Applications are open for the African Climate Change and Environmental Reporting (ACCER) Awards 2018. Launched during the World Environment Day 2018 in Nairobi, Kenya, the 4th Edition of the African Climate Change and Environmental Reporting (ACCER) Awards aims to incentivize and create a critical mass of journalists reporting on the area of climate change and environment.

The ACCER Award recognizes African journalists who have excelled in climate change and environmental journalism. It seeks to encourage constructive environmental reporting focus in African media, both at the policy formulation and implementation level and at the level of public awareness and participation in environmental protection and preservation

The ACCER Awards Finalists Academy (TAAFA) is a stable PACJA’s dynamic and innovative strategic intervention plan. It is a driving force to the already existing training and reward schemes, but, also ensure sustainability of the capacity building project.

Are you a passionate journalist in Africa excited about the health of the planet, future generations and the global discourses around low-carbon, climate resilient green economic development pathways? Have you been following international and local conversations on the impact of climate change and environmental pollution on people, communities and economies? Then you should apply for the 2018 ACCER Awards for cash rewards and full sponsorship to COP24.

2018 Contest Theme

The 2018 ACCER Awards contest theme “Changing the Narrative on Environmental Challenges in Africa: the Case of Pollution” will guide participants’ entries and awards based on how they demonstrate information delivery in the following specified categories:

  1. Print
  2. Radio
  3. Television
  4. Photojournalism
  5. Online (multi-media)

Potential awardees will present direct entries with brief citations demonstrating how their journalism may have practically enhanced access to information delivery in a specified area in either English or French.


  • Cash reward of US$1000
  • Full sponsorship (including return air ticket, accommodation and other living expenses) for UN Climate Change Conference on 3 – 14 December 2018 in Katowice, Poland
  • Fellowship to participate in high-level reporting and training throughout 2019 courtesy of ACCER Awards Partnership.
  • Winners will be announced on 11 October at a Gala Night during the 7th edition of the Climate Change and Development in Africa (CCDA-VII) Conference


  • The competition is open to all journalists from Africa and from established media houses: private or public-sector media.
  • Freelance journalists are also eligible.

Selection Criteria

Award Selection criteria will be based on:

  • Eligibility
  • Originality, structure and quality of writing/broadcast
  • Creativity : use of relevant interviews and examples to illustrate issues
  • Variety of voices/quotes used
  • Fluency (quality of the language- engaging writing/radio style, correct spelling and grammar)
  • Respect of the prescribed submission format


  • Entries must be original pieces written or broadcast in English or French only.
  • Entries submitted in each category MUST be from between January 2017 – June 2018. Articles published outside the indicated time-frame will not be accepted.
  • Each candidate will submit only one print (in word) or audio piece (in mp3 format).
  • All entries are to be submitted in the format below:
    • Print word limit: Maximum 1,200 words
    • Font: Arial, 12 point
    • 5 line spacing
    • Audio pieces: Maximum (5) five minutes
    • TV pieces: Maximum (5) five minutes

Have questions? Please contact PACJA Secretariat at [email protected]

Click here to apply.

For more information, visit ACCER Awards.