Each year, the Women in News Editorial Leadership Award will be given to one outstanding woman editor

Each year, the Women in News Editorial Leadership Award will be given to one outstanding woman editor in the sub Saharan region and in the Middle East and North Africa region (MENA) respectively, who are first amongst their peers in inspiring and paving the way forward for the next generation of leaders.

The Award recognises an exemplary contribution of an Editor to her newsroom, and under her leadership, the contribution of her newspaper to society.

  • Who can apply ?

    Eligible nominees must live and work in Sub-Saharan Africa for the African Women in News Editorial Leadership Award and the Middle East and North region for the MENA Women in News Editorial Leadership Award. She must work at a recognised media house (in print or online) AND:

    1- Hold a senior editorial role as of I January 2017.
    2- Work in a news media role (newspapers, magazines and digital-only).
    3- The media house can be any size from across sub-Saharan Africa and the MENA countries.

  • What are the criteria ?

    The Winner will possess a proven track record of success within her newsroom, have demonstrated uncompromising editorial integrity throughout her career, and have a strong commitment to the principles of press freedom and its power to promote democracy and good governance.

  • How will the awardees be chosen ?

    The Women in News Steering Committee will judge the awards. The WIN Steering Committee is made up of eminent news media leaders from sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East and North African region.

  • What will the Award Winners receive ?

    The 2017 recipients of the Women in News Leadership Awards will be honoured at a reception during the World News Media Congress and World Editors Forum in Durban South Africa 7-9 June 2017. The winners will receive a complimentary airfare and free registration to the Congress and the chance to continue their relationship with Women in News in a leadership/mentoring capacity.

  • How to apply ?

    Applications close 1 March 2017. Applicants are encouraged to have a senior person at their media house endorse their nomination.

African Women in News Leadership Award Nomination Form

  • Winning the award has given me the platform to meet, speak to and network with African media leaders on the need to give equal opportunities to female journalists while also making newsrooms gender friendly for them to thrive

    Wendy Nyakurerwa

    Assistant Editorو The Sunday Mail

    The first female editor in the more than 40 year history of the Punch Newspaper, Nigeria. You can read more about Toyosi Ogunseye here.