CNN African Journalist of the Year Competition 2012

Who can enter?

You must be an African National, working on the continent for African owned, or headquartered, media organisations. Your work must have appeared in printed publications or electronic media that is primarily targeted at and received by an African audience.

What the judges are looking for?

Our panel of independent, highly respected and experienced judges are in pursuit of excellence. They will be looking for entries which:

Tell the story in a balanced, comprehensive and objective manner
Demonstrate journalistic integrity and resourcefulness
Communicate the story in a way that makes the topic accessible and relevant to their audience
Display well organised research and insight
Was broadcast or published, in English, French or Portuguese only, between January and December 2011 with proof supplied
Entries must be received at the collection points by JANUARY 26th 2012, no exceptions will be made. Entries received after this date may be disqualified.

The Prizes

The journalists selected by our panel of judges will enjoy an all expenses paid finalists' programme of networking activities and workshops, culminating in the Gala Awards Ceremony. Each finalist will receive a cash prize, with each category winner also receiving a laptop computer and printer.

The CNN MultiChoice African Journalist 2012 Award winner will be selected from the category winners and will receive an additional cash prize and will have the opportunity to participate in the CNN Journalism Fellowship at CNN Headquarters in Atlanta.

How to enter ?

You can only enter a maximum of 2 stories across all categories. Please carefully review your work of 2011 and enter your best story/stories in the most suitable category. You may enter a maximum of 2 stories, either both into a single category or 1 each into different categories. Please send your entry/entries in one envelope.
Fill in all the details requested on the form (copies accepted), please print clearly and provide all requested information.
Ensure you include a copy of your up-to-date Curriculum Vitae and any background information on your entry/entries, that you feel relevant.
Send 2 copies of your work - Print journalists & cartoonists send the original article and a clean, legible photocopy of the entry; Online please send full URL details (No print outs will be accepted); TV & Radio - please send 2 disks/tapes (DVD/VHS or CD); Photojournalist - please send original photo(s) and CD containing your picture(s).
Get your entry to the collection point nearest to you by January 26th 2012 latest. No extension will be made to this date.

UMapper: an easy mapping tool for journalists on deadline

This ‘freemium app’ allows you to create customizable Flash maps and embed them in your website or on social networks, useful for journalists and broadcasters.

UMapper, founded in 2007, uses maps from sources including Bing Maps, Google, OpenStreetMap and Yahoo, among others. The markers are customizable and you can also add audio clips and your own photos to your map.

Thanks to predefined templates, you can create quick weather maps or display Twitter searches geographically. (Watch the YouTube tutorial before trying this feature. Because you can only see Twitter data in the map editor when you save and preview the map, it can be confusing.)

With a free UMapper account, you can create an unlimited number of public and private maps for personal use and access usage statistics. An upgrade is required for custom maps or commercial use.

UMapper, currently in beta, is a Flash-based application but that may change. Rachel Greenberg, a UMapper project manager, said via email that as Flash becomes more and more unsupported in the mapping space, the company is "looking at numerous alternatives including HTML5."

A number of news organizations use it, here are a few examples of their work:

•National Geographic’s Expedition Blue Planet Map
•the Sacramento Bee’s map of children on welfare
•MTV’s Lil Wayne Breaking News ‘Tracker’

Senior Programme Manager for Media Reform, Rwand Institute for War & Peace Reporting, an international NGO based in London, is currently accepting applications from senior professionals. Click here  - for more info.


“LA FABRIQUE DES CINEMAS DU MONDE” will be composed by talented young filmmakers who are working on their first or second feature film, or who have finished a feature film with support from the Finds Sud Cinéma or the Fonds Francophone de Production Audiovisuelle de Sud. The ten selected directors and their producers will be invited to take part in the programme during the Cannes Film Festival.

The Call for Entries only applies to films in development. For more info on how to apply, click here

1st Edition of Luxor African Film Festival - February 2012

This Festival is run by  Shabab Independent Foundation (I-Shabab), an Egyptian non governmental, and non-profit organization.
The festival has given itself the mission to support and encourage African film productions and partnerships between the countries of the continent through strengthening the humanitarian and political ties between the people of Africa in general and African artists and filmmakers in particular.
For more info, please contact Azza El Hosseiny (Executive Director of Luxor African Film Festival) on Azza.elhosseiny(@)luxoraff.com  or independentshabab(@)yahoo.com

Hot Docs is North America's largest documentary film festival
, and next year it runs in Toronto from 26 April to 6. 10 DFA members will be selected and their travel and accommodation will be covered by the Department of Trade and Industry's EMIA scheme.

The Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA)
is calling for feature, short and documentary entries for its 2012 edition, to be held in April in Nigeria, home to the world’s third largest film industry. The deadline for submissions is 30 December 2011.

Filmmakers across South Africa are invited to enter the DStv Film Talent Celebration competition, launched on 2 December 2011 with a closing date of 29 February 2012. The competition focuses on celebrating the talent of very short-filmmaking in South Africa. A very short film is considered to be between three and ten minutes long.
The competition will be focusing attention on the ability of South African filmmakers to tell wonderful authentic stories through very short films. The competition will be challenging specifically those filmmakers who overcame the limits of time and continued to display their craft as talented story tellers.
For more information click here: