Headquartered in Lagos, Nigeria, the Wole Soyinka Centre for Investigative Journalism (WSCIJ) is a not-for-profit, non-governmental organisation with social justice programmes aimed at exposing corruption, regulatory failures and human rights abuses with the tool of investigative journalism.
The initiative started in 2005 under the name Wole Soyinka Investigative Reporting Award (WSIRA). It operated as an award-giving organisation till 2008 when it took on the name Wole Soyinka Centre for Investigative Journalism (WSCIJ).
The change in name became necessary to reflect the intention of the coordinators to embrace a more robust line of activities; such that have greater capacity for engendering the appropriate values of investigative journalism in the Nigerian media environment.
The Centre is named after Professor ‘Wole Soyinka in recognition of his life-long work in support of the freedom of expression, freedom to hold opinion, and freedom to impart them without fear or favour and without hindrance or interference.
Are you an investigative Journalist with special interest in reporting issues that bothers on regulatory failures, corruption in the public and corporate spheres as well as human right abuses in the country? Then apply for the Wole Soyinka Award for Investigative Reporting 2021.
TheWole Soyinka Award rewards, promotes and encourages best practices in journalism works from the print, radio, television, photo, online, editorial carton categories and other special categories which focus on regulatory failures and corruption as well as human rights abuses.
The award was instituted and first held in October 2005 to aid the development of an investigative reporting culture in the Nigerian Media. Annually, nominations open in October and close in November for the award presentation ceremony usually held on 9 December – the World Anti-Corruption Day.
Benefits of WSCIJ Wole Soyinka Award
- Cash prize and an award plaque
- Certificate of commendation
- Computer backup hard drive
- International tour
Requirements & Qualification
- Must be a Nigerian professional reported or team of reporters (fulltime or freelancers).
- Must be 18 years and above.
- Must have published stories either online, in print, or through electronic media, primarily targeted at and received by a Nigeria audience.
- Must be an Investigative Journalist whose work is focused on themes ranging from regulatory failures, corruption in the public and corporate spheres, and human rights abuses in the country.
- Demonstrate professionalism in the field of Journalism
Interested and qualified candidates should,
Applicants should submit a brief synopsis of the story/series (maximum 400 words), picture, or portfolio.
In the synopsis, the applicants are 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)