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Apply for The African Story Challenge

The African Story Challenge, a project by the African Media Initiative (AMI), the continent’s largest association of media owners and operators, in partnership with the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) was a million dollar programme designed to encourage innovative, multimedia storytelling that covers important sectors in Africa.

The ultimate goal of this programme was to set the standards for building a strong media sector that produces and delivers insightful contents that are relevant to Africans.

The African Story Challenge grants are provided to fund the costs associated with developing the reported idea including travel and equipment costs.

The project was targeted at African journalists from around the continent, irrespective of their official language.

This competition was only open to Africans aged 18 and above, who were in Africa or in the diaspora.

Application Process:

Applications was completed online HERE, by filling in the online entry form and sending attachment of a proposal of no more than 500 words.

The competition was divided into various themes:

Politics: Latest stories developing from Africa’s charged-up political arena

Health – Challenging health conditions affecting Africans

Crime: All the latest scoop on gripping crime stories from all across Africa

Timeless: Stories that stay relevant across ages and generations, learn how they unfold and keep abreast of the recent developments

Business: The development and growth of indigenous businesses across Africa

Profile: Prominent personalities across Africa that are inspiring or otherwise; so long as they are considered relevant in some way.

Life and Style: Africa has a rich and unique lifestyle, get inside one of the most diverse continents on the planet and see how the current wave of change is affecting it.

Culture: The African culture is so diverse that there were a good number of interesting stories coming into this category.

Religion: Africa is a very religious continent and the diversity of various beliefs thriving within the continent made this one of the most interesting categories.

Technology: The latest technological advancements happening across Africa

Travel: Let the stories on this page take you on a journey to the African continent and explore amazing wonders of nature.

Bizarre: Bizarre stories and news articles happening all across the African continent.

Science: Science and technology is fast developing in Africa and these stories tell it as it is.

Food: How Africa is tackling the ever-growing global food crises.

No late submissions will be accepted. See the key dates section HERE for all other deadlines and key dates for when the organizers will contact shortlisted entrants.

Deadline: Vary according to theme.

Prize: $1 million total of grants to cover costs to produce multimedia stories about African topics

Check Out some of the Interesting Stories Below

Travel

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