That Center for Innovation and Development in Journalism, CJID, is pleased to announce the finalists of the 2022 Alfred Opubor Next-Gen Campus Reporter Awards. The awards ceremony, scheduled for Friday December 2, aims to celebrate and inspire outstanding campus journalists who highlight social issues and contribute to solutions through storytelling.
After six weeks of rigorous selection and review of entries by a five-person panel of judges drawn from academia, newsrooms and media development, 25 outstanding entries were selected as the best in nine competitive award categories.
This year’s edition of the awards generated 164 submissions from campus journalists at 53 colleges in Nigeria. The Southwest region generated the most entries with 74, followed by the Northwest with 38, North-Central with 21, South-South with eight, and Southeast and Northeast with six entries each.
The Next-Gen Campus Reporter Awards are named after the late Alfred Opubor in honor of his pioneering contributions to journalism. Professor Opubor was Nigeria’s first professor of mass communication. The first edition of the awards took place in 2018.
The first place winners and overall best campus journalist of the year will be announced on December 2nd at the Treasure Suites Hotel, Central Business District, Abuja.
Below are the price categories:
- Best budget tracking/procurement story
- Best Campus Investigative Reporter of the Year
- Best Conflict Story
- Best Election Observation Report
- Best Environment/Climate Change Report
- Best fact check
- Best Gender Story
- Best Health Reporting
- Sports Writer of the Year
The top three finalists for each category and their entries are:
Best Budget Tracking/Procurement Story:
i) Abdulwasiu Mujeeb Idowu (In Sokoto’s multi-million dollar factory school that has been rotting away for years)
ii) Rabiu Musa (Inquiry: Tales of Fear, Trail of Death on Deserted Garko-Kibiya Road)
iii) Sunday Awosoro (Without consulting residents, lawmakers allow N115 million “health centers”. Now termites and bushes use them.)
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Best Conflict Story:
i) Abiodun Jamiu (With ₦3,500 Sokoto residents buy locally made weapons as insecurity spikes in north-western Nigeria)
ii) Adebayo Abdulrahman (Beyond Numbers (I): Troubled family, planned marriage… victims of the Owo massacre)
iii) Muhammed Auwal Ibrahim (Special Report: Kaduna Residents Lament Telecom Shutdown)
Best Election Observation Report:
i) Omoniyi Jeremiah Oluwaferanmi (#EkitiDecides: Daniel in the Lion’s Den)
ii) Taiwo Fatola (#OsunDecides: I was a witness while Osun decided)
iii) Vindication Alawode (A choice cloaked by fear and my uncomfortable observer experience)
Best Environment/Climate Change Report:
i) Abdulrasheed Hammad (How charcoal and indiscriminate logging contribute to deforestation in Kwara State)
ii) Abdulwasiu Olokooba (How miners are driving the community into environmental degradation and violating the Children’s Rights Act in Ekiti State)
iii) Mariam Hamzat (Fleeing Invaders: Shepherds and poachers pollute ancient Oyo National Park despite strict laws)
Best fact check:
i) Adebayo Abdulrahman (Fact check: No, Buhari did not lift 10.5 million Nigerians out of poverty in two years)
ii) Muhammed Bello Buhari (Fact check: how true are some claims made by Peter Obi on Channels TV’s Politics Today?)
iii) Muktar Balogun (Is Lagos the largest economy in Africa? Fact-checking Tinubu’s claims on the governorship)
Best Gender Story:
i) Abdulganiyu Abdulrahman (How the Hijab Crisis Suspended Education in Kwara State)
ii) Mariam Hamzat (Everyday risk, little financial support and self-medication: plights of women in the oyo garri producing community)
iii) Zainab Yetunde Adam (How Borno women struggle to overcome the hardships of the uprising)
Best Health Coverage:
i) Abdulwaheed Sofiullahi (within Kano community where children drop out of school due to lack of drinking water)
ii) Tijani Abdulkabeer (Health Tech: A non-profit organization uses artificial intelligence to connect blood donors)
iii) Zainab Yetunde Adam (Lack of emergency services hampering universal health coverage in rural Borno communities)
Sports Journalist of the Year:
i) Confidence Chibueze (Uyo Township Stadium, now a shadow of its former self)
ii) Hassan Abdulsalam (SPECIAL REPORT: Poor sports facilities in Ogun higher education institutions pose a major threat to talent discovery)
iii) Omoniyi Jeremiah Oluwaferanmi (ANALYSIS: Super Eagles under different managers over the past decade)
About the Next-Gen Campus Journalism Project
Since its inception in 2017, the CJID (formerly the Premium Times Center for Investigative Journalism, PTCIJ) Campus Journalism Project has continued to build the capacity of campus journalists by empowering them in the Nigerian media industry. Campus Journalism is present in over 30 universities in Nigeria, Ghana, Sierra Leone and Liberia.
The project has guided students with a burning passion for journalism to successfully navigate Nigeria’s media landscape by training them in basic news reporting, data journalism, fact-checking journalism, investigative reporting, media ethics, gender reporting and the evolving media business model. Trained campus journalists are mentored and encouraged to publish their work on the Campus Reporter platform and other respected local and international mainstream media platforms.
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