Wole Soyinka Award For Investigative Reporting – Applications in progress for Wole Soyinka awards 2022
The Wole Soyinka Centre For Investigative Journalism (WSCIJ) rewards, promotes, and encourages best practices in journalism works that focus on themes ranging from regulatory failures, corruption in the public and corporate spheres, and human rights abuses in Nigeria.
The award was instituted and first held in October 2005 to aid the development of an investigative reporting culture in the Nigerian media. In naming the award after Wole Soyinka, the initiators hoped to bring further attention to Soyinka’s untiring and relentless support for the cause of freedom of expression.
- 1 Wole Soyinka Award
- 2 Wole Soyinka Award Eligibility
- 3 Categories
- 4 Print- Newspaper and Magazine
- 5 Broadcast Radio and Television
- 6 Photo
- 7 Online
- 8 Editorial Cartooning
- 9 Application Process for Wole Soyinka Award Scholarship
- 10 Wole Soyinka Award Application Deadline:
- 11 Judging Process
- 12 Want Latest Updates Like This?
Wole Soyinka Award
- The award includes a cash prize, an award plaque, a certificate of commendation, a computer backup hard drive and an international study tour.
Wole Soyinka Award Eligibility
- Open to any Nigerian professional reporter or team of reporters (full time or freelancers).
- Applicants should be 18 years and above, and have published stories either online, in print, or through electronic media, primarily targeted at and received by a Nigerian audience.
- 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 corruption in the public domain, and 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 October 4, 2020 and October 3, 2021.
- 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 organization’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 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) pages(s) for the published work(s) where available.
For photos from media news organizations that publish online, the URL (web link) for the published work must be provided.
- Provide URL (web link) for the published work.
In addition to the broad criteria, editorial cartooning will also be scored on impact, creativity, and originality.
- For cartoons published in print, provide a clean and clear scanned PDF copy of the full page where the published work appeared with date.
- Upload electronic copy (e-copy) page(s) for the published work(s) where available.
- For cartoons published online, the URL (web link) for the published work must be provided.
Application Process for Wole Soyinka Award Scholarship
- Abrief synopsis of the story/series (maximum 400 words), picture, or portfolio.
In the synopsis, the applicant is expected to:
- Explain the background of the project, identifying the issues and key players.
- Describe what led to the topic or caption, any unusual condition faced in developing the project and whether the investigation had any ramifications.
- Describe challenges to the content of the story/series that were not reported in the original work.
- Include up-to-date Curriculum Vitae for every reporter who bears the by-line of the story with passport photograph(s)
- Include any relevant background information on submitted work(s)
Wole Soyinka Award Application Deadline:
The deadline for this award is 24th October 2022.
- A distinguished judges’ board, which comprises respected persons with suitable knowledge, competencies, and experience in news media practice, investigative reporting, and ethics shall adjudge the competition.
- All entries are coded to disguise media house and reporter’s byline using the WSCIJ entry coding system before dispatch to judges
- Judges’ board members can only assess, score or vote on works to which they have no organizational or family ties.
- Entries detected to have plagiarised content will be disqualified.
- Due to WSCIJ’s commitment to excellence, it will be in order to have categories without a finalist if the entries in such a category are adjudged to have fallen below the expected standard
- The rigorous eligibility and judging process uphold the integrity and reputation of the Wole Soyinka Award for Investigative Reporting 2021 competition.
- The judges reserve the right to disqualify any piece of work and/or finalist if, in the judges’ opinion, there exists reasonable doubt about the authenticity and/or accuracy of the submitted entry and/or the integrity of the finalists based on the set criteria
- WSCIJ award recipients (Soyinka Laureates (winners), runners-up, and commended works) are expected to be persons with high ethical and professional standards. The organization reserves the right to withdraw awards at any point in time based on the misconduct of an award recipient.
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