The Wole Soyinka Centre for Investigative Journalism (WSCIJ) is now accepting entries for its annual award for investigative reporting works that explore the intersection between the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and COVID-19.
The choice of focus areas for the 15th edition of the award programme is due to the fact that COVID-19 has aggravated the problems of poverty, hunger, education, health and inequalities between female and male persons among others, that Nigeria faces as the country marks its 60th independence anniversary.
The award is looking for stories from the print, online, photo, cartoon, television and radio genres of the media, published between October 4, 2019, and October 3, 2020.
Accepted works will be collated and scored based on the quality of investigation, evidence, human rights elements, ethical reportage, courage, individual creativity, public interest, impact and quality of presentation.
WSCIJ will use its award coding system and engage a panel of judges from diverse fields with a good understanding of investigative reporting and its public policy implications.
A pioneering initiative dedicated to promoting investigative journalism, the award was first held in 2005 to build a culture of investigative reporting for Nigeria’s nascent democracy and honour journalists who expose public or corporate corruption, human rights abuses and regulatory failures.
Interested reporters who meet the necessary entry criteria may submit their works on the online portal: www.award.wscij.org.
Entries close on October 24 2020