The 2013 APCA Palliative Care Journalist Award for Africa.

The African Palliative Care Association

The African Palliative Care Association (APCA), with funding from the Open Society Foundations (OSF), is pleased to announce the 2013 APCA Palliative Care Journalist Award for Africa.

The award seeks to recognise the best coverage of issues pertaining to palliative care in Africa, meeting the WHO’s definition of palliative care.

The award is open to print, broadcast and online journalists who have reported on palliative care issues in 2012/13. This could include a radio report on a local hospice or palliative care project, a news article addressing the physical, social, psychological and spiritual impact on patients, or a television report on the effects of palliative care on local communities, for example. Reports should demonstrate relevance to local and/or regional communities in Africa.

Submissions in French and Portuguese are also welcomed.

Deadline: July 31st 2013 at 17:00 GMT

Awards: Winners will be presented with their awards during the joint APCA and Hospice Palliative Care Association of South Africa (HPCA) conference to be held in Johannesburg, South Africa from 17-20 September, 2013.

First place award

  • $1,500 and an all-expenses-paid trip to receive the awards at the APCA-HPCA palliative care conference.

Media house award

  • $500 will be awarded to the newspaper/ radio or TV station/ website that carries the winning report.

Runners-up awards

  • Second place
    $750 and an all-expenses-paid trip to receive the awards at the APCA-HPCA palliative care conference.
  • Third place
    $500 and an all-expenses-paid trip to receive the awards at the APCA-HPCA palliative care conference.
  • Fourth place
    $250 and an all-expenses-paid trip to receive the awards at the APCA-HPCA palliative care conference.

Selection Criteria:

A jury of journalists and palliative care experts will assess entries based on the following criteria (in no particular order):

  • Strength of the report in describing palliative care integration into national and regional health systems
  • Newsworthiness
  • Quality of writing, editing and language
  • Originality
  • Objectivity
  • Impact of the report and its benefit to public understanding of palliative care
  • Extent of research undertaken
  • Relevance to local and/or regional communities in Africa.

Rules:

  • Entries are limited to journalists who are working for local, regional or international media organizations. Freelance journalists are also welcome to apply.
  • Print, online, radio and television journalists may apply.
  • Reports submitted to the competition must have been published or broadcast between1 July 2012 – 31 July 2013.
  • Entrants will submit one report only. This can be a news or feature article published in a newspaper, magazine or news website; a television or radio report, or a third party blog on a theme explicitly related to palliative care in Africa.
  • Written articles should not exceed 3,000 words.
  • Radio or television reports should be no longer than 6 minutes.
  • Posts from personal blogs will not be accepted.
  • Public relations material or articles of a promotional nature will not be accepted.
  • Articles and reports in English, French and Portuguese will be accepted.
  • In submitting an entry, the entrant accepts that he or she has read, understood and accepted the competition rules.
  • The APCA administrators and jury are the final authorities for determining whether an entry is eligible.
  • APCA reserves the right to reproduce entries for use in promotional materials and campaigns.
  • APCA does not charge entry fees, or any other fees, in relation to the award.

How to enter:

Click here to complete the online application form.
All entries must be accompanied by a completed application form and entrants should keep copies of all material submitted.

Submissions must be received by 31 July, 2013 at 17:00 GMT. Entries received after this date will be disqualified.

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