WSCIJ Receiving Entries for 2017 Awards


DSC3708-bThe Wole Soyinka Centre for Investigative Journalism (WSCIJ) is now accepting entries from Nigerian journalists for the 12th edition of the Wole Soyinka Awards for Investigative Reporting.

This edition seeks to honour journalism works from the print, online, photo, editorial cartoon, television, and radio categories in general. The submitted reports must involve in-depth coverage of clandestine activities on public and or corporate corruption, human rights abuses, or on regulatory failures in Nigeria.

Interested applicants should submitted a maximum of 2 stories that reflect a high quality of investigation in term of newsworthiness, capacity to expose or prevent secret activities, corruption in the public domain, an understanding of human rights implications enhanced by quality of delivery/ presentation/writing and must have published between October 4, 2016 and October 3, 2017.

In addition to the broad categories, WSCIJ in collaboration with Oxfam, an organisation dedicated to working to end the injustices that cause poverty, has included a special prize for reporting agriculture and food security in this year’s edition. The prize, which is part of a larger programme, will serve as an encouragement to reporters who are dedicated to reporting the focus area.

All entries received 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. Judges would broadly score 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 applications is October 24, 2017 by 4pm. All entries, apart from the online categories which must be sent by email to, must be delivered to the Wole Soyinka Centre for Investigative Journalism office, Second Floor, No 18A Abiodun Sobajo Street, Off Lateef Jakande Street, Agidingbi, Ikeja, Lagos.

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