WASH-JN’s story competition

The West Africa Water and Sanitation Journalists Network (WASH-JN) is a regional network of Journalists reporting the Water supply and Sanitation sector for various mass media in 13 West African Countries– Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Togo.


Its strategic objective include amplifying and  production of compelling reports on Water Supply, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) focusing in particular on poor people’s perspectives in order to achieve increased attention from all citizens and decision makers.


Towards fulfilling this objective, the WASH-JN  hereby invites Journalists to submit compelling WASH stories for publication on the WASH-JN’s blog   www.wash-jn.net.


An Honorarium will be paid for the  best news stories published on the Blog.



The Terms of Reference WASH Story Competition is stated below:

1.       Stories can be in textual, video, photographic or audio format.


2.       Authors of stories should register at the blog www.wash-jn.net to submit stories for publication. Alternatively, visit   https://washjournalists.wordpress.com/wp-login.php and log in using the username ‘washjn’ and password ‘ecowas’.


3.       After successfully logging in,  click on ‘Add New’  under ‘Post’, and submit your stories for review. For audio and video materials, you may submit the URL where it has been published.


4.       Author’s full name and email should be clearly included in all submitted stories.


5.       Stories could be submitted in either English or French languages


6.       Authors of stories must have full copyrights


7.       Stories should  be recently investigated and could have been published in another medium

            Stories should be in any of these two categories:


a.       Category A: Pro poor WASH story

This includes compelling and investigative WASH stories that  highlights general WASH issues including  access, equity and inclusion, transparency, gender mainstreaming, financing mechanism, and good governance, particularly as it affects marginalised groups, the vulnerable and the urban poor in slums in any West Africa country are highly welcomed.


This category is being supported  by Water Aid in West Africa and Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council


b.      Category B: Transparency in WASH story

Compelling and investigative stories that highlight and promote transparency, accountability and good governance in the WASH sector.


This category is being supported  by Water Integrity Network (WIN).


9.       This call for stories is open  for participation by all Journalists in the West Africa region, but participating Journalists will be required to join the National WASH platform if not already a member. Membership forms can be downloaded form https://washjournalists.files.wordpress.com/2012/01/registrationformwashjn.doc


10.   All published stories will be reviewed weekly by a Jury comprising representatives from the WSSCC, WIN, and the WASH-JN and authors of the winning entries will be announced weekly and paid through money transfer the amounts stated below:

a.       Pro poor WASH stories:                        $50  per winning entry

b.      Transparency in WASH stories:          25 euros per winning entry


11.   The decision of the Jury is final and they may choose any number of stories as winning entries per week.


12.   In addition, the author of the news story adjudged to be the best in ‘Pro poor WASH story category’ in the month of January 2012 will be sponsored to  attend the 6th World Water Forum in France in March, 2012.  Funding support for this sponsorship is being provided by the Water Aid in West Africa and Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council .


13.This is also to invite Journalists to submit stories for the WASH Media Awards, http://www.wsscc.org/media/wash-media-awards/2011-2012, Winners will be sponsored to participate to the World Water Week in Stockholm.


14.   For inquiries, send email to : Babalobi@yahoo.com


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