Wole Soyinka Centre Invites Entries For Best Investigative Reporter Award


The Wole Soyinka Centre for Investigative Journalism, WSCIJ, has called on journalists across the country to apply for the 2016 edition of its annual best investigative reporter award.

Application for the award is open to Nigerian journalists or team of journalists, full or part-time, with stories published between 4th October 2015 and 3rd October 2016.

The awards, which is in its eleventh edition is focused on works that report cases of corruption, human rights abuses, and regulatory failures.

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Categories for this year’s edition are print, online, photo, editorial cartoon, television and radio.

The call for entries emphasises that the submitted stories should be targeted and received by a Nigerian audience.

Entries will be collated using the entry coding system and judged by a panel of experts from the media and related professions who are keen on investigative journalism.

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Judges would score stories based on ethical reporting, courage, individual creativity and public interest slant.

Applications are to be submitted at the Wole Soyinka Centre office, No 18A Abiodun Sobanjo Street, Off Lateef Jakande Street, Agidingbi, Ikeja, Lagos.

Online entries are to be sent via email to entries@wscij.org.

Deadline for the submission is by 4pm on Monday, October 24, 2016.

The 2007 edition of the Wole Soyinka awards saw Lara Owoeye-Wise, a board member of icirnigeria, emerging winner for the broadcast (TV) category, with her report on the human rights abuses and government failure that followed the Ilado Pipeline Fire incident which occurred in December 2006.