WSCIJ Invites Entries for the Wole Soyinka Investigative Reporting Award

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Motunrayo Alaka, Centre Coordinator, WSCIJ
Motunrayo Alaka,
Centre Coordinator, WSCIJ

The Wole Soyinka Centre for Investigative Journalism (WSCIJ) is inviting Nigerian journalists or team of journalists, who are either on full-time or part-time employment, to submit entries for the 14th edition of the Wole Soyinka Award for Investigative Reporting. The Centre has also introduced online application option for some categories of the award for this edition.

The annual award seeks to honour journalism works with focus on public and or corporate corruption, human rights abuses, or failure of regulatory agencies, which were published or broadcast between October 4, 2018 and October 3, 2019.

The award is available in six categories namely Print, Radio, Television, Photography, Online, and Editorial cartoon.

For this edition, applicants for the Television, Radio and Online categories of the award can apply through an online application process while the other three categories: Print, Photography and Editorial cartoon, require applicants to submit hard copies, given the nature of entry processing.

For the categories which require entries to be submitted online, the link to the form is https://2019award.wscij.org/award-entry-form/ https://2019award.wscij.org/award-entry-form/.

For hard copy submission, transcripts should be written in English language; Audio entries should be sent in audio CD format, with accompanying script while video entries must be on VCD, with accompanying script. Two copies are required of each entry.

Radio entry applications must be uploaded on SoundCloud and the weblink provided where required on the portal. For television entries, applicants must upload the entry on YouTube and provide the weblink where required on the portal.

Entry is free and all submitted works must be in English Language. The reporter with the most outstanding work(s) amongst the finalists will be selected as the WSCIJ-Investigative Reporter of the year.

All entries received entries will be collated using the award coding system and assessed by a panel of media experts and related professionals with good understanding of investigative reporting. The judges’ board would broadly score submitted stories based on quality of investigation, evidence, human rights elements, ethical reportage, courage, individual creativity, public interest, impact and quality of presentation.

The deadline for the submission of entries is October 24, 2019 by 4pm. All hardcopy entries should be submitted to the Wole Soyinka Centre for Investigative Journalism office, Second Floor, 18A Abiodun Sobajo Street, Off Lateef Jakande Road, Agidingbi, Ikeja, Lagos. More details of the criteria for the call for entries can be found on the WSCIJ website, www.wscij.org.

The full criteria for participating and submitting entries are available online at https://wscij.org/2019award/.

The WSCIJ has, annually, since October 2005, rewarded, promoted and encouraged the development of the culture of investigative reporting in the Nigerian media through the award, which has had thirteen editions and ninety-one finalists.