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Call for Application: Wole Soyinka Award for Investigative Reporting 2018

The Wole Soyinka Centre for Investigative Journalism is calling for applications for the 13th edition of Wole Soyinka Award for Investigative Reporting.

Application Deadline: 24th October, 2018 by 4pm

8 by 4pm

Eligible Countries: Nigeria

To be taken at (country): Nigeria

About the Award: The 13th Edition of the Wole Soyinka Award for Investigative Reporting is now open for entries from Nigerian professional journalists or team of journalists, full-time or part-time, with stories published between 4th October 2017 and 3rd October 2018.

An annual event of the Wole Soyinka Centre for Investigative Journalism (WSCIJ), the award, seeks to honour journalism works from the print, radio, television, photography, online and editorial cartoon categories.

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.

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 stories based on quality of investigation, evidence, human rights elements, ethical reportage, courage, individual creativity, public interest, impact and quality of presentation.

Eligible Fields: 

  • Print
  • Radio
  • Television
  • Photography
  • Online
  • Editorial Cartoon

Type: Contest

Eligibility and Selection Criteria: The main criterion for eligibility is that the work (single work or single-subject serial) must involve reporting on public, and or corporate corruption, human rights violation, or on the failure of regulatory agencies. The story should reflect a high quality of investigation in terms of newsworthiness, capacity to expose or prevent clandestine activities, corruption in the public domain, an understanding of human rights implications enhanced by the quality of delivery/presentation/writing. Such works should have been first published or broadcast in a Nigerian media between 4th October 2017 and 3rd October 2018.

An applicant may only submit a maximum of a total of two entries.

Print Entries – Newspaper and Magazine

  • Entrants are required to send the original and a CLEAN Photocopy

Broadcast Entries – Radio and Television

  • 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 CD, with accompanying script.
  • 2 copies of each entry is required

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