Enter the OFAB Agri-Biotech Journalism Award 2017 to win cash and other prizes

The Open Forum on Agricultural Biotechnology (OFAB) has for 10 years been enhancing knowledge sharing and awareness creation on agricultural biotechnology in seven countries in Sub-Saharan Africa. To commemorate this feat in Uganda, the AATF, in partnership with the UNCST and the Uganda Science Journalists Association (USJA) is organizing the OFAB Agricultural Journalism Award 2017. See details below:

 

CALL FOR ENTRIES

 Agricultural Biotechnology Journalism Award 2017

Entry Date: July 26th 2017

Deadline:  August 26th 2017

 Print/online, radio and television journalists can compete

The Open Forum on Agricultural Biotechnology in Africa (OFAB) Uganda Chapter will this September be celebrating 10 years since its inception. The forum is a collaboration between the African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF), partners and government institutions which form country chapters. In Uganda, the Uganda National Council for Science and Technology (UNCST) hosts the OFAB Uganda chapter secretariat.

OFAB has for 10 years been enhancing knowledge sharing and awareness creation on agricultural biotechnology in seven countries in Sub-Saharan Africa. To commemorate this feat in Uganda, the AATF, in partnership with the UNCST and the Uganda Science Journalists Association (USJA) is organizing the OFAB Agricultural Journalism Award 2017.

Three Uganda journalists who have shown commitment, created awareness and understanding as well as influenced policies will be recognised during a special event in September in Kampala. The Uganda winners will later compete for the overall OFAB Africa contest.

The competition is offered in three categories; PRINT entries in newspapers, online or magazine, RADIO and TELEVISION. Stories must have been published as a single story, three unrelated stories or thematic series in a media house. Excluded are personal blogs.

Works must have been published or broadcast between June 2016 to June 2017.

Stories should be submitted as a link that will be accessible until September 30, 2017, through an active or archived URL, or a PDF or Word (up to 10MBs in size) showing that it appeared in print. It should show the name of the publication, date and byline.

Radio entries must have a link to an MP3 file and additionally upload a text transcript of the broadcast or podcast. Television entries can be spot news or feature stories not exceeding 20 minutes in total. The file must be hosted on YouTube.  Additionally upload a text transcript of the TV broadcast transcript or online video transcript.

If works are submitted in any language other than English, you must provide an English translation. Winning entries will be selected on accuracy, initiative, originality, clarity of interpretation and value of fostering a better understanding of Agricultural Biotechnology and its impact.

 The three winners will receive cash prizes, plaques and participate in the 10th OFAB Anniversary Congress scheduled for 2017 in Kampala, Uganda.

PRIZES

Winner –A plaque, a certificate and Ushs 1,500,000

1st Runners Up –A plaque, a certificate and Ushs 1,000,000

2nd Runners Up –A plaque, a certificate and Ushs 700,000

All entries must be received by 26th August 2017. Entries and accompanying documents should be submitted by email ONLY to ofab@uncst.go.ug and copied to info@uncst.go.ug, info@usja.ug and p.chemonges@uncst.go.ug

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