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2022 AVBOB FCJ Excellence Awards entries open

The role of the media as a critical facilitator on key societal challenges and in giving marginalised communities a voice on issues that affect them remains an indispensable pillar in a democracy.


The annual AVBOB FCJ Excellence Awards are aimed at encouraging excellence and rewarding meritorious work in local and community print media. The Forum of Community Journalists (FCJ) will be hosting the AVBOB FCJ Excellence Awards and entries are now open for work within the period 1 January 2022 to 31 December 2022!  The closing date for entries (in all the categories) is Monday, 22 May 2023 at 09:00.

 The sharing of trusted and reliable information allows communities to unite on issues, express their frustrations and differences, identify solutions and challenges and move forward together. 

This year the Forum introduces a new category for promising photographers, and encourages young journalists and photographers to enter the ‘Upcoming Photographer of the Year’ category. Photographers with less than three years’ experience qualify to enter this category. 

“This new category and the Alet Roux Award for the most promising young journalist highlights the Forum’s aim to promote excellence in young media storytellers. We hope by extending our junior categories, the future of a credible media is more secure as it encourages youngsters to excel in all spheres of news reportage,” says FCJ Executive Director Marietta Lombard. 

This year’s awards will be held in Cape Town on 4 August 2023. The Top 10 finalists in each category will be invited to attend the prizegiving gala dinner, which will be preceded by the AVBOB FCJ National Training Seminar and AGM. 

Only permanent and regular freelance editorial staff members working for such media in South Africa may enter. Regular freelance means such a person must contribute to their publication at least once a month on average.

 For more information and to submit entries, visit www.fcjonline.co.za or send an email to [email protected]  

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