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The deadline has been extended for the CNN African Journalist Awards, reports the International Journalists' Network (IJNet).

Nominations for the awards, which aim to support "indigenous African journalists and promote quality journalism throughout the continent," will be accepted through 19 January 2001. All "African professional journalists and technicians, including freelancers, working on the continent for media organisations that are African-owned, or those publishing for a targeted audience within the continent," are invited to apply. Awards categories this year include the African Business Journalism Award; Health and Medical Award; Radio Journalist Award; Print Journalist Award; E-commerce/Internet Award; and the overall CNN African Journalist of the Year Award. Applicants can submit up to three entries in each category, all with proof of publication or broadcast in the year 2000.

Submissions, which will be judged by a panel of experts in African journalism, will be assessed on "the journalists' ability to communicate stories and issues affecting Africa, their ability to make the stories accessible and relevant to their audiences, their use of investigative and research skills and overall technical expertise."

Winners of the awards will be recognised at an awards ceremony in Johannesburg, South Africa, in March 2001. For more information or application materials, visit

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