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Eligibility Rules and Submission Guidelines

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Radio/ Podcast Eligibility Rules and Submission Guidelines Page

To ensure fairness and transparency, please familiarise yourself with the eligibility criteria and submission guidelines outlined below before submitting your entry. We look forward to honouring the impactful work of media professionals in the IGAD community.

  • There is no entry fee.
  • Submissions are open to all journalists, freelance or full-time, and independent content producers based in the IGAD region, and beyond.
  • Submissions must be published or broadcast in media outlets based in the IGAD or beyond.
  • Submissions must have been broadcast or published between January 1, 2023– June 30, 2024.
  • Submissions must cover at least one or more IGAD member country.
  • Applicants must be based in one of the IGAD member countries and must be a citizen of one of the IGAD member countries.
  • Only the categories listed for competition are eligible for any news articles, broadcasts single topic or subject etc.
  • If a story series is submitted, all parts of the story series must be entered into competition.
  • Submission of content in local languages is encouraged, but it must be accompanied by translations and scripts in either of the IGAD official languages (English and French).
  • If a story with a shared byline is submitted, a letter from an editorial supervisor must be provided, detailing each team member’s contribution.
All entries must include the date(s) and place(s) of publication as well as the outlet in which they were published or broadcast.

Detailed information about the competition categories is available here.

  • Applicants may submit one entry only per category. Submission may not be entered into more than one category.
  • Applicants are not allowed to compete in more than two categories.
  • Applicants may submit a maximum of two entries  in two different categories for competition, including one shared byline if any.
  • All submissions must come through the online submission form provided.

  • All entries must be clearly labelled with the name of the participating journalist(s) and story title.
  • All work must be submitted in full audio form. Radio scripts without accompanying sound bites will be disregarded.
  • Emailed entries must be in MP3 format (not under 128 bitrate).
  • Entries must not be longer than 15 minutes
  • Large files should be sent using Google Drive. If you choose to send files using a third party platform, please send an email to (subject: IGADMediaAwards2024)

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