Call for Application: Wole Soyinka 2021 Award for Investigative Reporting

Award for Investigative Reporting – All Nigerian professional journalists or teams of journalists, whether full-time or part-time, are invited to submit their submissions for the 14th edition of the Wole Soyinka Award for Investigative Reporting to the Wole Soyinka Centre for Investigative Journalism (WSCIJ).

To be eligible, a journalist’s work must include reporting on public and corporate wrongdoing, human rights violations, or regulatory agency failures, among other qualifications listed in the article’s body. Furthermore, between the 4th of October 2018 and the 4th of October 2019, the work in question would have been published or transmitted in a Nigerian media outlet.

Wole Soyinka Centre for Investigative Journalism (WSCIJ) Background

The Wole Soyinka Centre for Investigative Journalism (WSCIJ), based in Lagos, Nigeria, is a non-profit, non-governmental organisation dedicated to exposing corruption, regulatory failures, and human rights violations through investigative journalism. Under the moniker Wole Soyinka Investigative Reporting Award, the programme began in 2005. (WSIRA). It was known as the Wole Soyinka Centre for Investigative Journalism until 2008, when it changed its name to Wole Soyinka Centre for Investigative Journalism (WSCIJ).

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The WSCIJ Investigative Reporting Award’s Goals and Benefits

A monetary prize, an award plaque, a certificate of praise, a computer backup hard drive, and an international study visit are all included in the award.

Qualification for the WSCIJ Investigative Reporting Award

The award is open to any Nigerian professional reporter or team of reporters (full-time or freelance), aged 18 and up, who has produced stories primarily targeted at and received by a Nigerian audience online, in print, or through electronic media. The main condition for qualifying is that the work (single work or single-subject serial) must entail reporting on public, corporate, or government corruption, human rights violations, or regulatory agency failure. The narrative should demonstrate a high level of investigation in terms of newsworthiness, the ability to expose or prevent covert operations, public corruption, and a knowledge of human rights issues, all of which should be strengthened by the quality of delivery/presentation/writing. Between the 4th of October 2020 and the 3rd of October 2021, such works shall have been published or transmitted in Nigerian media for the first time.

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Process of Entry Submission

If you’re interested and qualified, please fill the form below.

To apply, go to Wole Soyinka Centre for Investigative Journalism (WSCIJ).

The following items should be included in the package:

  • A summary of the story/series, photograph, or portfolio.
  • The applicant is requested to provide the following in the synopsis:
  • Explain the project’s history, including the issues and significant players.
  • Describe how the topic or caption came to be, any odd circumstances encountered while working on the project, and whether the investigation had any consequences.
  • Describe any issues with the story/series’ substance that were not mentioned in the original work.
  • Include a passport photograph and an up-to-date curriculum vitae for each reporter whose byline appears in the storey (s).
  • Include any relevant background information about the work you’ve submitted (s).

Please send your entries to:

18A, Abiodun Sobanjo Street, Off Lateef Jakande Road, Agidingbi, Ikeja, Lagos, Nigeria.

Online entries must be sent to entries@wscij.org via email.

Visit the WSCIJ website for further information.

Source: Nyscinfo

Updated: October 8, 2021 — 12:38 am

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Stephen Adoga

Stephen Adoga is a trained journalist, researcher, creative writer, content creator, video editor and freelancer. He studied Mass Communication at the Lagos State Polytechnic, Ikorodu, where he acquired requisite training for the practice of journalism. He loves the media. His interest mostly lies in the print medium where his creative writing skill makes him a perfect fit.

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