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About the Award
Michael Elliott’s life was a testament to the power of storytelling to bear witness to and improve the human condition. To commemorate his legacy, the Elliott family, ONE and the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) have created the Michael Elliott Award for Excellence in African Storytelling. It will advance the work of an emerging journalist in Africa who strives to strengthen people's voices and improve their well-being. We will issue a call for nominations and carefully vet applications, looking for a demonstrated commitment to social and development issues through quality storytelling. A distinguished jury will select the winner. As part of the award, the winner will spend time in U.S. newsrooms to learn new skills and receive mentorship from ICFJ, helping to catalyze additional reporting that engages and empowers Africans.
About Michael Elliott
A passionate writer and editor with a gift for unravelling complex issues, Elliott shone a light on global development issues and the people at their center. As ONE’s CEO, he lobbied to improve the lives of all Africans. A longtime board member of ICFJ, Elliott championed great journalism as a tool for empowerment. He reiterated this strongly held belief during a speech in July marking his retirement as CEO of ONE. After reciting a poem by Derek Walcott on the tired feet of women lugging coal, Elliott ended his talk with an appeal to his fellow writers “to give those feet a voice.”