Media across all genres are acknowledged for their outstanding commitment to excellence in journalism across the country. The Vodacom Journalist of the Year (VJOY) Awards places the highest recognition and will reward excellence among South African journalists who transform society when their Words are crafted to open minds and hearts. These awards will measure the effectiveness of their Word as it speaks truth and uncovers falsehoods. The criteria for the VJOY Awards will evaluate their Word to see if stands the test of time.


THE VODACOM Journalist

of the Year Awards HAVE gained place of pride in the journalistic circles as it advances the careers for our exceptional journalist’s and celebrates their success, hard work and unwavering spirit with attractive prizes.


The competition evaluates the media entries for top talent throughout South Africa, where there are regional awards which then culminate in a national event. Regional winners in all categories will win R5 000 then move on to compete in the National Awards in November. National winners in each category receive R10 000 and the overall national winner of the Vodacom Journalist of the Year will win a handsome prize of R100 000.

YOUR WORD is your honour.

Some of South Africa’s discerning reporters have been recipients of this prestigious award in the past. The Vodacom Awards has a proud history of honouring excellence in journalism across a range of categories and has celebrated top calibre reporting of South Africa’s finest news makers.

Journalists must enter their best achievements for work published in 2016/2017. The judging panel will vote on:

The Lifetime Achiever’s Award which recognises the lifetime contribution made by a single individual to journalism and media in South Africa.

Entries are open from 1 August 2017

Work submitted must have been produced between 1 June 2016 and 31 July 2017.

Entries close at 6pm on 31 august 2017

Participants can also have their entries collected at their desks by Internet Express, a sponsor of the awards, or entries can be delivered to one of five Vodacom regional offices.