#PreventEpidemicsNaija Journalism Award by Nigeria Health Watch nominations are open. Just like the rest of the world, Nigeria 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.
Nigerian media has proved to be a valuable force in covering issues around the COVID-19 pandemic, providing information, and also building knowledge about epidemics preparedness, raising awareness about Nigeria’s epidemics preparedness level.
And at the same time, what can be done to improve it and, changing attitudes towards epidemics preparedness.
Therefore, Nigeria Health Watch is thrilled to announce the first #PreventEpidemicsNaija Journalism Award which aims to recognize journalists who have had an impact by producing evidence-based and accurate reporting of epidemic preparedness all around Nigeria.
#PreventEpidemicsNaija Journalism Award Categories
The award will be given in 4 categories and they include;
- Print/Digital News.
- Social Media.
The nomination closes on Sunday, January 3, 2021.
This nomination is eligible for both print and broadcast journalists if they have written articles, produced radio or television shows. Or it could even be a written social media post that meets the following criteria;
Length of Submission
- Written English articles with a minimum of 650 words in length published in print or digital news platforms.
- Radio/TV show that is up to 30 minutes or longer than.
- Social media post of a minimum of 350 words in length
- Print and Digital: a 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.
The nominated article, show, or social media post should cover the following topics and must have been published or aired between the period of December 31, 2019, to December 31, 2020, and the topics include;
- Budget and Funding: it should be on stories that reflect the amount of funding available, funding gaps, and appropriate steps to take next.
- Awareness: it should be on 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.
Process of Nomination
The nomination of awards can be submitted online. Readers, media institutions, journalists, or interested others such as the civil society and academia may submit nominations if they are interested and meet the eligibility criteria.
The 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.