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Soyinka Award holds Dec 8, 9, seeks amplification of journalists’ works

By Sunday Aikulola
06 December 2022   |   12:44 am
Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer, Wole Soyinka Centre for Investigative Journalism (WSCIJ), Motunrayo Alaka, has disclosed that the 2022 edition of the Wole Soyinka Award for Investigative Journalism will hold on December 8 and 9, in Lagos. Addressing journalists in Lagos, yesterday, she said investigative journalism has exposed corruption, named and shamed corrupt public…

Prof. Wole Soyinka at the media parley titled, COVID, Technology and Citizen Banishment,<br />in Lagos…yesterday. PHOTO: FEMI ADEBESIN-KUTI

Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer, Wole Soyinka Centre for Investigative Journalism (WSCIJ), Motunrayo Alaka, has disclosed that the 2022 edition of the Wole Soyinka Award for Investigative Journalism will hold on December 8 and 9, in Lagos.

Addressing journalists in Lagos, yesterday, she said investigative journalism has exposed corruption, named and shamed corrupt public office holders, hence there is need to amplify works by journalists, especially in an age of digital technology.

She said: “We’ll be coming together as investigative journalists and as those who love good governance and democracy, to ensure that the works of journalists do not get buried and are highlighted.”

She disclosed that on the first day, Professor of Mass Communication, School of Communication, Lagos State University, Lai Oso, would open the conversation with the theme: ‘Investigative Journalism and Democracy in an Election Season.

Alaka said: “Investigative journalist from Ghana, Anas Anas, is one of the panelists. We are also emphasising the need for journalists to pay attention to local issues. Co-publisher, Wikki Times, Haruna Mohammed, and Publisher, National Point Newspaper, Ibiba don Pedro, are among the panelists. There will also be conversation on how media houses can engage audience and sustainability of the media.”

On the second day, there would be discussions on how to cover elections in a digital age. Professor of Mass Communication, University of Lagos and member, Editorial Board of The Guardian, Abigail Ogwezzy-Ndisika, and Executive Director, International Press Centre (IPC), Lanre Arogundade, would join the discussion. There will also be conversation on how to report climate change, fact-checking, and undercover reporting.

She said 13 awardees have been shortlisted, including Gbenga Salau of The Guardian.

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