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Saturday, October 24, 2015


The prestigious CNN MultiChoice African Journalist 2015 Competition is now in a landmark 20th year. This year the competition received entries from 39 countries across the continent, including French and Portuguese speaking Africa.

The CNN MultiChoice African Journalist 2015 was awarded to Hyacinthe Boowurosigue Sanou from Burkina Faso.

Included among the 31 finalists from 15 countries are Durban-based Julie Laurenz and Jacqueline Jayamaha, who freelance for, South Africa.

The competition is once again supported by A24 Media, African Development Bank, Dow, Ecobank, GE, IPP Media and MSD (MSD is known as Merck in the U.S. and Canada).

The finalists enjoyed an all-expense paid four day programme of workshops, media forums and networking in Nairobi, Kenya, culminating in a Gala Award Ceremony.

Tony Maddox, Executive Vice-President and Managing Director of CNN International said: “The quality and breadth of entries in this, its 20th, year is testament to the CNN MultiChoice African Journalist Awards’ position as the most prestigious recognition for journalism across the continent. CNN is privileged to be involved in this important initiative to honor the outstanding work across multiple platforms, topics and journalistic disciplines. I salute the finalists for the great work that they have done and look forward to seeing their future achievements.”

The CNN MultiChoice African Journalist 2015 competition is open to African professional journalists, whether directly employed or freelancers, working in the continent of Africa who have produced a story which has been made available as a printed publication or broadcast through an electronic medium (television; radio or digital platform) whose primary audience are based in Africa.
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