Wednesday, 09 November 2016 - 16:40 to Saturday, 31 December 2016 - 16:40

The Media Capacity Building Project is announcing the launch of its competition sponsored by Zain Telecommunications.

Zain is offering a smart phone and a laptop for the winner of each category.

Competition Rules and Criteria

1. The closing date for entries is 31 December 2016.

2. There will be three categories, radio; print and text; and broadcast.

3. The judges will be looking for the best piece of original journalism on a subject which is important to the people of Sudan. Competitors are encouraged to let the judges know if their journalism brought about any change, and if so what. Stories should be fair, balanced and accurate.

4. The stories must have been published or broadcast between 1st November 2015 and 31st December 2016, and entries must state the date and place of publication.

5. For radio the judges are looking for a packaged report including sound, voices, and a well told, structured and written story. Duration should be between three to seven minutes. They would also be prepared to consider an exceptional interview or debate where someone was held to account, and the broadcast brought about some change.

6. For the print/text category competitors should be aiming for stories no more than 1500 words, but the judges will consider longer pieces if they can be shown to have had exceptional impact post publication. Weight will be given to original research, strong interviews, well written and structured stories.

7. For the broadcast category judges would like to see packages of no more than six minutes. The packages should be clear, well-structured and show a good mix of pictures, interviews, and well written narration. They would also be prepared to consider part of an exceptional interview or debate where someone was held to account, and the broadcast brought about some change.

8. Whilst recognising that radio and TV involve teamwork, Entrants should have played a significant role in the editorial content of the piece.

9. All entry forms and any links to entries should go to the following e address 

Any queries should go to:

The British Council  

Abu Sin Street                                                                             


The British Council customer service desk will also receive any hard copies of newspapers or entries into the print/text category which must be clearly marked. Broadcast entries should be uploaded to: or

Radio entries to be uploaded or

Entries could also be sent via Whatsapp +2499 125 31 995 

10. Judging will take place in the New Year, and both the names on the shortlist and the final winners will be published. A ceremony is planned for the finalists in January where the winners will be announced.

11. Entries without the competition form will not be accepted.