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Round Seven: Wole Soyinka Awards For Investigative Journalism Begins!

Professor Wole Soyinka’s Center for Investigative Journalism is set to award journalists for their work and reports that has been received by the Nigerian audience. The award is open to professional Nigerian journalist or team of journalists, full-time or freelancers, who have produced a news story published between 26 October 2011 and 3 October 2012 targeted at and received by a Nigerian audience.

This is the 7th edition of the award, and is coming just when an Investigative Journalist, Idris Akinbajo, won the Young Person of The year Award recently at the Future Awards. The Wole Soyinka award will reward and honour the works of outstanding journalists whose news stories expose corruption, regulatory failures and human rights abuses in public and private spheres of the country in the print, radio, television, photo, online, climate change, local government, sports, health and editorial cartooning categories.

The sports and health categories are new categories included which focus on sustainable development, the wellbeing of the country and its future in relation with international realities. Meanwhile the editorial cartooning category aligns with the global acknowledgements of cartoon as a veritable tool of investigative journalism and in response to agitations from journalists in this genre.

Print entries should be an original and photocopy while broadcast transcripts must be written in English language. Audio entries should be sent in Audio CD format, with accompanying script; while video entries on VCD. The photo entries must be well captioned in English with the original photo, original copy of the published work and photocopy; while the editorial cartooning entries must include original copy of the published work with photocopy; and URL for online entries.

The entries will be scored by a judges’ board comprising persons of integrity who are in the media and related professions. The entries should include a brief synopsis of not more than 400 words and sent to: The Centre Co-ordinator, WSCIJ, 55 Awolowo Way, Ikeja, Lagos. The deadline for entries submission is October 25, 2012


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