Only online entries will be accepted.
No late entries will be accepted.

The Vodacom Journalist of the Year Awards secretariat does not accept responsibility for any entries which are not completed in full.

The Vodacom Journalist of the Year secretariat will retain entries as they are archived for educational and reference purposes. The organising committee may, at its sole discretion, decide to use any entry or entries in the public domain (broadcasting, for example), for the purpose of promoting the Vodacom Journalist of the Year Awards.


Entrants agree to the use of their entries – or any part of them – for this purpose and waive any claim to remuneration for this use.

For all entries uploaded online through the VJOY website, it is compulsory to provide proof, including date of publication or broadcast; name(s) and contact details of the journalist(s) whose work is entered; together with a motivation giving background context to producing the work and any impact it might have had. Where more than one person has worked on a story, it is important to acknowledge everyone and get their permission to enter the competition.

All entrants must start the entry process by registering online on the Vodacom Journalist of the Year website, providing their personal details and information on the piece(s) they submit.


Entrants will then be able to submit your entries online through the VJOY website.

All entries uploaded online must adhere to required technical specifications listed below by media format:


A copy of the broadcast must be uploaded in .wav, .mp3 or .ai format together with a copy of the script.

A copy of the broadcast must be uploaded in .flv .mpg, or .mp4 format together with a copy of the script.

A scan of the published version of the article must be uploaded in .pdf format. Note that this should clearly indicate the dateline and publication name as proof of publication.

Entrants must provide full-page screen shots to prove first usage of the story in digital format, PDF files showing the full text, images and links, and copies of any of the videos used with the story. If the story is still available online, links must be provided on the VJOY website entry form.

Photograph(s) should be submitted in .pdf, .jpg or jpeg (at least 72dpi and 1024 x 768 resolution) in the original colour or black and white in which it was shot. To indicate to the judges the relevance of the photograph(s) to a story or headline, and as proof of publication of the photograph(s), a pdf scan of the published article (clearly showing dateline and publication name) must also be submitted.


  • There is no fee to enter the awards. Any entry not fulfilling the criteria stated herein may be disqualified.
  • All material must have been published or broadcast between 1 August 2018 to 31 July 2019
  • Entries close at midnight, 31 August 2019
  • Proof of publication or broadcast date must be supplied.
  • The content of entries must predominantly cover South African issues. Entries must be produced as well as published/broadcast in South Africa.
  • It is the entrant’s responsibility to ensure entries are complete, legible, audible and/or viewable.
  • A maximum of three entries per category will be accepted from one individual. Applications containing more than three submissions will be disqualified. A body of work may be submitted as one entry but must cover only one subject.
  • An entry must be submitted for only one category even if it fulfils the criteria for two or more categories. This means entrants must choose whether to enter a specific piece or body of work in the Politics or Investigative categories or the Sports, Feature/Lifestyle or Data-Journalism categories, for example.
  • Those entering the Young Journalist category must enter as individuals and must have worked in any newsroom for three years or less. They must submit a portfolio of work (maximum three pieces from within the competition period) together with a strong motivation and a CV. Regional winners will receive a certificate and become finalists for the national Young Journalist Award.
  • The judges reserve the right to move any submission to another category should it be deemed appropriate.
  • All journalists and editors wishing to submit entries must register on the Vodacom Journalist of the Year website before submitting their entry. Editors may enter work on behalf of their journalists but must clearly record the name and contact details of the journalist and/or contributing journalists or producer.
  • Only contributors who participated directly in producing the content of the entry, as shown in the piece's by-line/credits, will be considered eligible entrants of a team entry. The name and contact details of each contributor must then accompany the submission in the credits section of the registration process. Multiple contributors to a winning entry will share any prize equally, whether at regional or national level. This does not apply to the Young Journalist category where entrants must enter in their individual capacities.
  • Any submissions must be entered in the Vodacom region where it was published or broadcast. For example, a piece which was published or broadcast nationally must be entered in the region closest to the journalist's offices, which may not be the region where the reporting was carried out.
  • An entry may not be submitted in more than one region (view regional map) so if a piece has multiple contributors, it cannot be submitted for Gauteng and the Western Cape, for example. Multiple contributors must nominate a region of entry based on where it was broadcast/published or the office location of the majority.
  • Entrants must accompany each entry with background information and a motivation to the judges as to why they believe the submitted material deserves to win the category entered. Include, for example, a description of circumstances and challenges affecting the story's development such as volume of research and/or investigation, time, safety and/or financial constraints, as well as an account of any impact the story might have had.
  • Every entry in each category is eligible for the Regional Awards, provided it complies with all requirements in this list of criteria.

All Regional Award winners (including the Young Journalist category) will automatically become finalists for the National Award in that category. National Award Winners (except Young Journalist category) will automatically become finalists for the overall Journalist of the Year Award.