Accolade to reward Nigeria scribes for exposing abuses

ScribesBy OKORO CHINEDU
LAGOS, (CAJ News) – LOCAL media practitioners have been encouraged to submit entries for the tenth Wole Soyinka Award for Investigative Reporting.

The Wole Soyinka Centre for Investigative Journalism (WSCIJ) is organising the event.

Organisers will be accepting entries until October 23.Motunrayo Alaka, the centre’s coordinator, said this year, the award plans to reward outstanding reporters from print, radio, television, online,photography and editorial cartoon categories.

The submitted stories must have first been published or broadcast in a Nigerian media between October4, 2014 and the third of this month.

“The award programme, true to its tradition, will honour works that involve reporting on public and or corporate corruption, human rights abuses or on the failure of regulatory agencies,” said Alaka.

In addition to the entry coding system which makes the details of mediahouse and by-line of entrants anonymous to judges introduced in 2012, the WSCIJ now converts entries to electronic format before sending to judges.

“The electronic entries system is helping to ease scoring for judges andenable the inclusion of persons from across Nigeria and abroad toparticipate in the judging process,” said Alaka.

The official said entries will be scored by a panel of judges drawn fromthe media and related professions who are passionate about investigativereporting.

“Overall, judges will be looking for ethical reporting courage, individual creativity and public benefit.

”The Lagos-based 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.

It is named after Prof. Wole Soyinka in recognition of his life-long workin support of the freedom of expression, freedom to hold opinion, andfreedom to impart them without fear or favour and without hindrance orinterference.

– CAJ News

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