WAN-IFRA in partnership with Sida, the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, has announced the launch of nominations for the 2018 Women in News Editorial Leadership Award. The award recognizes an exemplary contribution of an Editor to her newsroom and under her leadership, the contribution of her newspaper to society. One outstanding editor from sub-Saharan Africa and one from Middle East and North Africa will be named Laureates in 2018.
The Women in News Editorial Leadership Award will be awarded to two outstanding woman editors who are first amongst their peers in inspiring and paving the way forward for the next generation of leaders. Contenders must possess a proven track record of success within the newsroom, have demonstrated uncompromising editorial integrity throughout their career, and have a strong commitment to the principles of press freedom and its power to promote democracy and good governance.
The 2017 Women in News Editorial Leadership Award was won by Karima Kamal, columnist and contributing editor for Al Masry Al Youm from Egypt and Kenyan journalist Pamella Sittoni, editor of the International Desk for the Nation Media Group and Managing Editor for The East African.
Award recipients to be honored during WAN-IFRA World News Media Congress
The 2018 recipients of the Women in News Leadership Award will be honored during the WAN-IFRA World News Media Congress in Estoril, Cascais, Portugal, from 6-8 June 2018. The winners will receive an all expenses paid trip to attend the World News Media Congress 2018, the premier global annual meeting of the world’s press.
Nomination eligibility and deadline
The Women in News Editorial Leadership Award is awarded each year to one outstanding woman editor in the sub-Saharan Africa region and in the Middle East and North Africa region (MENA), respectively. Eligible nominees in 2018 must be based in the sub-Saharan region of Africa or the Middle East and North African region; hold a senior editorial role as of 1 January 2018; work in a news media role (newspapers, magazines and digital-only); the media house can be any size from across the regions.
Anyone is free to nominate a potential candidate from their markets or from other markets. However, it is desirable that nominations be made by superiors, peers or colleagues in order to maintain the integrity of the nominations.