The fifth annual Taco Kuiper Award is now open for entries. The award celebrates outstanding examples of investigative journalism published or broadcast by South African media during the previous calendar year.
Prize money is R200 000 for the winner and R100 000 for the runner-up.
The 2009 award went to Rob Rose of Financial Mail/Sunday Times for “South Africa’s Madoff”, a series of articles on South Africa’s biggest corporate swindle. Second prize was Carte Blanche for “Chicken Run”.
Previous years’ winners include the Daily Dispatch, Beeld/Burger and Mail & Guardian.
Taco Kuiper was a South African publisher who left a significant part of his estate to be used for the promotion of investigative journalism. His Valley Trust has partnered with Wits Journalism to organise the award and distribute grants to promote investigative journalism.
Print or broadcast journalists or teams of journalists can enter either a single story or a series of related stories dealing with events and issues affecting South Africa, that were published or broadcast during 2010.
Nominations can be made by editors or through the Taco Kuiper nominators.
Deadline for entries: Friday February 25, 2011
Award ceremony: Friday April 15, 2011
For more information, go to www.journalism.co.za/tacokuiper