You can now apply for Wole Soyinka Awards for Investigative Reporting

Wole Soyinka Awards
2019 Award finalists and Honorary award recipients during the 14th Wole Soyinka Award for Investigative Reporting at NECA House, Agidingbi in Lagos.

DEADLINE: OCTOBER 24, 2020 ― Journalists in Nigeria can now apply for the Wole Soyinka Awards for Investigative Reporting (WSAIR). The 2020 edition of the awards, the organisers revealed, will focus on COVID-19 and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

According to a press release issued on Friday, October 2, 2020 by Executive Director/CEO of the Wole Soyinka Centre for Investigative Journalism (WSCIJ), Motunrayo Alaka, the WSAIR, a pioneer initiative dedicated to promoting investigative journalism will receive entries online for the first time, largely due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Alaka added that the application portal will open to receive entries on October 4, 2020, adding that the 15th edition of the awards will reward works that explore the intersection between SDGs and COVID-19 that has exacerbated problems of poverty, hunger, education, health and inequalities between female and male persons among others in Nigeria.

The statement stated that stories from the print, online, photo, cartoon, television and radio genres of the media, published between October 4, 2019 and October 3, 2020 are qualified to apply. The deadline for submission of entries is Saturday, October 24, 2020 by 4pm.

Accepted works will be collated and scored by a panel of judges using WSCIJ award coding system based on quality of investigation, evidence, human rights elements, ethical reportage, courage, individual creativity, public interest, impact and quality of presentation.


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