2021 Wole Soyinka Award for Investigative Reporting for Nigerian Journalists.
Application Deadline: 24 October 2021
The Wole Soyinka Centre for Investigative Journalism (WSCIJ) rewards, promotes and encourages best practices in journalism works from the print, radio, television, photo, online, editorial cartoon broad categories as well as from other special categories which focus on themes ranging from regulatory failures, corruption in the public and corporate spheres, and human rights abuses in the country.
The award is open to any Nigerian professional reporter or team of reporters (fulltime or freelancers), 18-years and above, who have published stories either online, in print, or through electronic media, primarily targeted at and received by a Nigerian audience.
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 presentation. Such works should have been first published or broadcast in a Nigerian media between 4th October 2020 and 3rd October 2021.
An applicant may only submit a maximum of two entries. Please submit your applications through the application online portal here.
- Editorial cartoon
Print – Newspaper and Magazine
- Scan and upload a clean and clear original print copy of the story entry in PDF format through the online application portal.
- Provide the e-paper of relevant pages of published work(s) where available.
- URL (web link) for the published work is not acceptable for this category.
- Every entry under this category (single or series) must not exceed 5000 words
Broadcast radio and television
- Provide media organisation’s weblink of entry where available. When absent, upload the entry on SoundCloud for radio or YouTube for television and provide the weblink.
- Ensure the submitted entries have a “cue in” and “cue out” which are linked to the person making the main presentation on the media to prove that what is submitted was done in the media house it claimed to be.
- Include proof of the date and time of publication as documented in the day’s bulletin of the media house for the audio and video uploaded for all radio and television submissions respectively.
In addition to the broad criteria, photo entries will be scored on creativity, impact and technical quality.
- Upload the original photo in the section required on the portal.
For photos published in print, include a clean and clear scanned PDF copy of the full page of the published work showing the date of publication. Entrants are also encouraged to provide the electronic paper copy (e-copy) page(s) for the published work(s) where available.
For photos from media news organisations that publish online, the URL (web link) for the published work must be provided.
- Provide URL (web link) for the published work.
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