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AIP Rising Awards: Heritage Brief

April 26th, 2016 | Posted in In The News | No Comments »

“To communicate the truths of history is an act of hope for the future”

“A people without the knowledge of their past, origin and culture is like a tree with no roots.”

“The past is all around us”

Our heritage is not just the sweeping histories of our past leaders, the grand monuments or archaeological artifacts of our landscapes or the cultural traditions that we have preserved for special occasions. Our heritage is in the stories our elders relate, in our own experiences, in the songs we sing and poems we recite to our children, in the local store that was used as a drop ox for struggle leaders or the tree that served as a meeting point for the shapers of our past.

“History is a Greek word which literally means Investigation.”

The AIP Heritage Award calls for detective skills to unearth that story in your community that urgently deserves to be retold – and to combine this with writing and design skills to showcase the story for all.

“The past is never dead. It’s not even past.”

Entries for the AIP Award will be used to compile a history – a compendium of our living, indigenous history that preserves and promotes our nation’s past for the generations to come.

CLOSING DATE 31st August 2016





  1. Entries for the will be judged on a combination of writing skills, use of graphic material and design and layout.
  2. Entrants must be members of the AIP, with a Printer’s Certificate and Company Registration.
  3. All entries must have been previously published and be a minimum of two printed newspaper pages (tabloid).
  4. Entries can be submitted in hard format (published paper copies).
  5. All entries must be original work.
  6. Sources and references do not need to be listed in the article, but all information included must be verifiable unless the author indicates that a statement is hearsay/anecdotal or similar.
  7. All entries must be submitted together with a completed entry form (downloadable from the AIP website www.aip.org.za).

Closing Date: 31 August 2016


Further information:

Louise Vale – 011 713 9128

Mathapelo Diokane – 011 713 9614


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Suggestions for writing a winning entry

  1. Seek out an interesting subject for your article. Remember it may not only be the oral history of the elders in your community, it could be an interesting feature of the landscape or a building that played an important part in your community and your nation. And it’s also not only the ‘generals’ whose history is interesting – don’t forget the stories of the ‘foot soldiers’, the people who played an invaluable role in shaping our nation but whose names may disappear from living memory without your efforts to retell their stories.
  2. Use quotes and interviews – it brings an article to life, giving the readers a sense of people and place. Always place the sentences that do not belong to you in quotes, and quote the speaker.
  3. Write in the active sense rather than the passive sense to add pace to your article.
  4. Use an attention grabbing headline which persuades the reader to read the article AND also highlights the main idea of the article. Good subheadings also make an article more readable.
  5. Include facts and statistics to support your story, but also personal viewpoints as long as they are indicated as such.
  6. Include specific names, places and dates to anchor the article for the reader.
  7. Repeat interesting sentences/quotes in side bars to draw the reader’s attention and place extra/background information in side bars to avoid interrupting the flow of the article.
  8. A picture tells a thousand stories – so place emphasis on stunning illustrative material, including photographs, illustrations/cartoons and graphics. Infographics present otherwise ‘boring’ data in a visually appealing and understandable way (eg use a map and arrows to show the movement of your subject across the country; use timelines to show a sequence of events).
  9. Focus on your layout to make the article readable and visually attention-grabbing – breaking up big blocks of text with sub-headings, sidebars and illustrations
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