The Wole Soyinka Centre for Investigative Journalism (WSCIJ) will open the portal to receive entries for the 17th edition of the Wole Soyinka Award for Investigative Reporting (WSAIR) from Tuesday 4 October to Monday 24 October 2022 by 4pm. The opportunity, is for professional reporters or team of reporters, whether full-time or freelancers, with published stories targeted at the Nigerian audience.
This award seeks to honour works of reporters from the print, online, photo, editorial cartoon, television and radio categories which involve in-depth coverage of clandestine activities on public and or corporate corruption, human rights abuses, or regulatory failures in Nigeria. The stories must be newsworthy, investigative, expose or prevent clandestine activities and corruption in the public and private domain and promote human rights.
Entries will be collated using the award coding system of the WSCIJ and assessed by a panel of media experts and related professionals. Judges will score entries based on the quality of investigation, evidence, human rights elements, ethical reportage, courage, individual creativity, public interest, impact and presentation. Interested journalists should carefully read the entry requirements for each category.
The award has held annually since 2005 and since produced 109 finalists, 56 Soyinka Laureates, and 12 investigative journalists of the year. It has also made 26 honorary decorations for its Lifetime Award for Journalistic Excellence and the Anti-Corruption/Human Rights Defender Awards.
Executive Director/CEO, WSCIJ