The Wole Soyinka Centre for Investigative Journalism (WSCIJ) is calling for entries from Nigerian journalists for the 14th edition of its award.
The Wole Soyinka Award for Investigative Reporting honours journalism works from the print, radio, television, photography, online and editorial cartoon categories.
In a statement, Motunrayo Alaka, the centre coordinator, said the award is open to journalists with stories published between October 4, 2018 and October 3, 2019.
She said the submitted stories must involve high-quality coverage of clandestine activities on public and or corporate corruption, human rights abuses and/or on regulatory failures in Nigeria.
An applicant can submit a maximum of two entries.
“A distinguished judges’ board, which comprises respected persons with suitable knowledge, competencies and experience in news media practice, shall adjudge the competition, ” the statement said.
“All entries are coded to disguise media houser and reporter’s byline using the WSCIJ entry coding system before dispatch to judges.
“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 of the submitted entry or the integrity of the finalists based on the set criteria.
“WSCIJ award recipients are expected to be persons with high ethical and professional standards. The organisation reserves the right to withdraw awards at any point in time based on the misconduct of an award recipient.”
The deadline for the submission of entries is Thursday, 24 October by 4pm. Hard copies of entries should be sent to the centre coordinator, 18A, Abiodun Sobajo Street, Off Lateef Jakande Road, Agidingbi, Ikeja, Lagos.
The criteria for the award is listed here.