Journalists from around the globe are invited to join the most prestigious and hotly contested accolade in South Africa. The Sanlam Awards for Excellence in Financial Journalism have been recognising and rewarding exceptional business journalism since 1974.
Awardees will not only be recognized in cash and in paper but will also receive premier credits from the Financial journalist in the continent. There will be two types of selection for the awardees: the category and special awards.
Category awards are open to journalists working in print, radio, TV, online media. Each contestant should compose under these classifications:
- Financial markets
- Consumer financial education
- African Growth story: The ‘African Growth Story’ category will honour the journalist who best captures the growth story of the African continent. This award is also open to journalists outside of South Africa.
- Best Newcomer
- Lifetime Achievement
- Journalist of the year
To ensure that the screening complies with the categories, an independent panel of judges which includes media experts, an academic and an economist, will judge according to the following criteria:
- news value
- rigour in reporting
- analytical value
- specialist knowledge
- Each submission may consist of a minimum of three and a maximum of five stories.
- Stories for the category awards are defined as follows:
- An individual print article
- A broadcast segment (television or radio)
- An online article
- An audio podcast or online video
- Each entry should include a motivation of no more than 400 words. The motivation should specifically highlight to the judges the entry’s strengths in terms of: news value, impact, rigour in reporting, analytical value, originality, integrity, specialist knowledge and storytelling (refer to the ‘criteria’ section of this website for more detail).
- All print and online articles must be submitted in a single file, preferably in PDF format.
- A live URL should be provided for all online articles, audio podcasts or online videos.
- Unpublished material will not be accepted.
- All print and online articles should be in a font size that is considered reasonably legible. E.g. if a broadsheet article is reduced to fit onto a PDF it can become illegible. Entrants are requested to give this due consideration during the entry process.
- For broadcast entries, entrants should ideally host their own video or audio elements and provide a working URL to a web page from where the video/ audio can be played. Alternatively, an audio CD or DVD (preferably on a single CD or DVD) can be delivered to: Petra Steenkamp, Group Communications, Sanlam Limited, 2 Strand Road, Bellville.
- Broadcast entries should provide scripts or transcriptions if available – or at least a summary of the content – on each of the different recordings.
- Submitted entries will not be returned.