Nigeria Health Watch #PreventEpidemicsNaija Journalism Award 2020-2021
Deadline: January 3, 2021
Applications are open for the Nigeria Health Watch #PreventEpidemicsNaija Journalism Award 2020-2021. The award aims to recognize journalists who have had an impact by producing evidence-based and accurate reporting of epidemic preparedness in Nigeria.
Nigeria, just like the rest of the world, is grappling with COVID-19 and journalists have played the critical role of providing public health updates, combating misinformation and supplying entertainment to help people cope with the virus’s impact.
The Nigerian media has proved to be a valuable force in covering issues around the COVID-19 pandemic, providing information, building knowledge about epidemics preparedness, raising awareness about Nigeria’s epidemics preparedness level and what can be done to improve it and, changing attitudes towards epidemics preparedness.
The award will be in four categories:
- Print/Digital news
- Social media
- Print and broadcast journalists and social media influencers are eligible for nomination if they have written an article, produced a radio or television show or written a social media post that meets the following criteria:
- Length of submission
- Written English articles of minimum 650 words in length published in print or digital news platform
- Radio/TV show that is 30 minutes or longer
- Social media post of minimum 350 words in length
- Print and Digital: Must have written and published 2 or more articles on the topics below.
- Radio and TV: Must have produced 2 or more shows on the topics below
- Social Media: Must have published 3 or more posts on the topics below.
- Length of submission
- The nominated article, show or social media post should cover the following and must have been published or aired between the period of December 31, 2019 to December 31, 2020:
- Budget and Funding: Stories that reflect the amount of funding available, funding gaps and appropriate next steps.
- Awareness: Stories that build an Active Citizenship for Health – improve community awareness on infectious diseases while itemizing roles of citizens in demanding increased funding for epidemic preparedness.
Each valid nomination must contain the name of the nominee, verifiable details of the published article(s) or show(s), their media affiliation(s), the contact information (Email and phone number) of the nominee.
For more information, visit Nigeria Health Watch.