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#PreventEpidemicsNaija Journalism Awards 2021-22: Nominations Now Open!!!

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Nigeria Health Watch is proud to announce the second #PreventEpidemicsNaija Journalism Awards to celebrate exemplary, evidence-based and accurate reporting of epidemic preparedness in Nigeria.

The #PreventEpidemicsNaija Journalism Awards will honor journalists who have produced coverage in print/digital, audio and video formats that report on all dimensions of epidemic preparedness in Nigeria.

Winning entries will feature great storytelling that — among other strengths — informs on the current state of epidemic preparedness in Nigeria, particularly funding, empowers audiences to demand for more funding for epidemic preparedness, and holds power to account. The judges will recognise work that communicates the many dimensions of epidemic preparedness in Nigeria; that highlights and scrutinizes budgeting and funding for epidemic preparedness in Nigeria; that improve community awareness on infectious diseases and defines the roles of citizens in demanding increased funding for epidemic preparedness.

Exemplary reporting and commentary that provides a model on how journalists should cover epidemic preparedness, will be celebrated.

Journalistic work published or broadcast from January to November 2021 is eligible. Journalists across Nigeria are invited to submit entries. Published submissions from freelancers are also welcome. 

The award will be in 3 categories:

  1. Print/Digital news
  2. Radio
  3. Television

Criteria for Nomination
Print and broadcast journalists are eligible for nomination if they have written an article or produced a radio or television programme that meets the following criteria:

  1. Length of submission
    a. Written English articles of minimum 650 words in length published in print or digital news platform
    b. Radio/TV show that is 15 minutes or longer
  2. Frequency
    a. Print and Digital: Must have written and published 2 or more articles on the topics below.
    b. Radio and TV: Must have produced 2 or more shows on the topics below

The nominated article, programme or production should capture the following and must have been published or aired between the period of January 1, 2021, to November 30, 2021:

  1. Communicate the many dimensions of epidemic preparedness in Nigeria
  2. Inform on the current state of epidemic preparedness in Nigeria, with special focus on funding
  3. Highlight and scrutinise budgeting and funding for epidemic preparedness in Nigeria
  4. Improve community awareness on infectious diseases, empower citizens to demand for more funding for epidemic preparedness and hold power to account.

Nomination Process
Awards nominations can be submitted online here

Journalists, readers, media institutions or interested others such as civil society and academia may submit nominations.

Each valid nomination must contain the name of the nominee, verifiable details of the published article(s) or programme(s), their media affiliation(s) and the contact information (email address and phone number) of the nominee.

Multiple submissions are encouraged

Nomination closes on Sunday, January 2, 2022.

Winners will be announced at an in-person award ceremony on Friday, January 28, 2022.

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