Wole Soyinka Journalism Centre Calls For Entries

Wole Soyinka Investigative Journalism Award

The Wole Soyinka Centre for Investigative Journalism, WSCIJ, has opened entries for the 10th edition of the Wole Soyinka Investigative Journalism award.

A statement recently issued the centre’s coordinator, Motunrayo Alaka, said that the award programme “will honour works that involve reporting on public and or corporate corruption, human rights abuses or on the failure of regulatory agencies.”

“This year”, she said further, the award will “reward outstanding reporters from print, radio, television, online, photography and editorial cartoon categories.”

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Interested journalists are expected to submit stories that have been published or broadcast in a Nigerian media between October 4, 2014 and October 3, 2015.

“Entries will be scored by a panel of judges drawn from the media and related professions who are passionate about investigative reporting. Over all, judges will be looking for ethical reporting courage, individual creativity and public benefit,” Motunrayo stated.

The deadline for submission of entries is 4pm on Friday, 23 October, 2015 and interested journalists can visit www.wscij.org for more details on the award.

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The Wole Soyinka Award for Investigative Reporting was first held in October 2005 to encourage the development of an investigative tradition in the Nigerian media through rigorous scrutiny of human rights violations, regulatory failures and corruption in the public and corporate sectors of the nation’s life.

Initially known as the Wole Soyinka Investigative Reporting Award , WSIRA, the change in name became necessary in 2008 to reflect the intentions of the coordinators to embrace a more robust line of activities that have greater capacity for engendering the right values of investigative reporting in the Nigerian media.

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The Centre is named after Professor Wole Soyinka in recognition of his life-long work in support of the freedom of expression, freedom to hold opinion, and freedom to impart them without fear or favour and without hindrance or interference.