The David Astor Journalism Awards Trust

Introduction

The David Astor Journalism Awards Trust (DAJAT) is a London-based human rights charity that works to promote, strengthen and support independent journalism in Africa.

It is named in honour of the late distinguished editor of The Observer newspaper in London for 27 years, from 1948 to 1975, who was a lifelong champion of African development, human rights and other social justice causes. 

Established in 2006, the Trust runs an innovative programme for African journalists focusing on professional development and long-term career support.  The programme currently operates in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda.

We search for and invest in exceptionally promising early-career print journalists working in English with the greatest potential and commitment to excel in the profession.

We also aim to build and sustain a regional peer-support network of these next-generation media leaders to promote good governance, defend human rights, and further socio-political development.