The Citibank Journalistic Excellence Award competition

Posted on January 30, 2012


The Citibank Journalistic Excellence Award competition
The Citibank Journalistic Excellence Award (CJEA) competition is on. The award which strives to advance quality journalism by recognizing outstanding financial and business reporting across many countries aims at raising quality of financial reporting and business journalism in the world.
Journalists and editors are therefore advised to submit articles on finance or economics that were published within the last calendar year. Articles must be at least 750 words and published between January 1 and December 31 of year 2011.
The competition is open to financial/business journalists and freelancers, primarily with print media (newspapers, magazines), wire services and electronic media (radio, TV).
The CJEA award is informed by the fact that reporting on business, economic and financial issues leads to a more educated public, a more open market places and a better business climate.
The winners will be selected by nominations to be screened by independent panels from which Citibank assembles, whose jury will choose three finalists per country that Citibank operates in for final review by Columbia Graduate School of Journalism. The five panel bench met in Kenya met on January 26th 2012 to agree the criteria for this year’s award.
The most prominent aspect of the award is the winners’ participation in an 8-day business and financial seminar in New York City, to be administered by Columbia Graduate School of Journalism and sponsored by Citibank.
The program is a career-enhancing seminar and offers participants rigorous workshops in the principles of accounting and finance and exposure to institutions, policy makers and other thought leaders in the United States.
MaryAnne Mwaura
Public Affairs Officer, East Africa

More about Citi Journalistic Excellence Award
* The Citi Journalistic Excellence Award began in 1982 as a way to recognize journalists for excellence in financial and business reporting in the markets in which Citi does business around the world.
* The Columbia Seminar gives participants rigorous workshops in the principles of accounting and finance and exposure to a wide-ranging view of financial and economic issues, including those which affect their own countries. Journalists participate in sessions with leading Columbia University faculty members, engage in discussions with senior academicians and policy-makers, and visit key financial institutions and U.S. Government departments. Visits have included the New York Stock Exchange, Standard & Poor’s, Bloomberg Business News and the Federal Reserve Bank. The Seminar also includes a day of events with executives and speakers from Citibank.
* Requirement of English proficiency.
* All entries must include an autobiographical essay written in ENGLISH of no more than 1000 words which describes the entrant’s career as a business journalist and what he/ she hopes to gain from this experience.
* Electronic media (radio or TV) must submit a transcript in addition to the broadcast in video or audio tape.

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