Media Award

The Green Growth Media Award is organised to appreciate outstanding journalists that contribute to advancing and raising awareness about green growth initiatives in Rwanda. The award forms part of the 2018 Development Journalism Awards, which recognize and promote excellence and professionalism by awarding best-performing journalists and media houses. The Development Journalism Awards are organised by the Rwanda Governance Board in collaboration with Rwanda Journalists Association.

The award is a platform to recognise the efforts of the media to report about sustainable development and raise awareness about challenges and opportunities in the environment sector as they relate to green growth. The awards recognise the Top Three journalists/reporters after careful selection by a panel against specific criteria.

The Rwanda Green Growth Media Award will be given during the celebration of the African Day of Information on 7 November 2018. Winners will also be recognised at the Africa Green Growth Forum during an awards ceremony and concert. The awards are led by the Rwanda Ministry of Environment and supported by a range of partners.

Entries should be submitted to Rwanda Journalists Association (ARJ) offices in Remera – Amahoro Stadium – Road KG 17 AV 37. Entries close 5pm, 12 October 2018.

Please direct any enquiries to 0788 586 225, 0728251163 or

Download the call for applications here.


  • Prize: Cash Prize
  • Attendance at the UN Climate Talks in Poland, December 2018


First Runner-up

  • Prize: Cash Prize


Second Runner-up

  • Prize: Cash Prize



  • The Top Ten journalists/finalists will be invited to attend the Africa Green Growth Forum, taking place in Kigali from 26-30 November 2018, during which the winners will be recognised.


  • Media houses/journalists should submit their entries to the Rwanda Journalists Association. Entries may have been aired or published in Kinyarwanda, English or French, and should have been published between 1 September 2017 and 30 August 2018.
  • Works produced by journalists (as writers, editors or freelancers) that were published as sponsored or paid content are not eligible.



  • Applications Open: 21 September 2018
  • Applications Close: 5PM, 12 October 2018
  • Winners Announced: 7 November 2018 at Africa Day of Information (and recognised at the Rwanda Green Growth Concert and Awards on 28 November 2018)


  • Recognise journalists who are advancing green growth in Rwanda
  • Encourage local media to inform communities about opportunities and challenges in the green growth and environment sector
  • Inspire a culture of reporting on green growth and environment in Rwanda and across Africa



To be selected, a journalist must:

  • Be registered with Rwanda Media Commission
  • The stories/reports must have been featured in a registered publication/outlet on either TV, radio, online, or print – or a combination of the above
  • The stories/reports/coverage must have appeared in a registered media outlet

Entries will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Originality of the topic: appeal, timeliness, human interest, topical
  • Relevance to the topic of green growth and Rwanda
  • Professionalism: structure, story development, coherence, balance, flow of ideas, language, style and techniques
  • Ethical consideration: respect for ethical guidelines while reporting on environment and development issues
  • Research efforts: investigation, diversification of sources, use of data
  • Educational value: call to action to the audience
  • The coverage/report must have been published between 1 September 2017 and 30 August 2018
  • The coverage/report must have been published in Kinyarwanda, English or French
  • The coverage/report must not have been produced as a paid advertisement