UCJUI Alumnus, Soyombo wins Prestigious Oxford Fellowship

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A former President of the Union of Campus Journalists, University of Ibadan, and award-winning investigative journalist, Fisayo Soyombo, has emerged a 2022 fellow of the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at the University of Oxford, United Kingdom.

Soyombo was selected among 13 fellows worldwide, to participate in the six-month fellowship programme at the Reuters Institute.

In a letter to fellows, Director of the Journalism Fellowship Programme, Meera Selva, said, “The field was incredibly strong this year so congratulations on being chosen! We greatly look forward to welcoming you here in Oxford in the next academic year.”

Soyombo would research on “the rise of a willing army against the truth — the practice of drowning out a genuine work of journalism with coordinated media campaigns that confuse unsuspecting members of the public, consequently leaving the authenticity of the story in tatters”.

Soyombo was the president of UCJ UI in the 2007/2008 academic session. He would later work at the International Centre for Investigative Reporting as an editor.

Soyombo has received numerous awards and recognitions, both locally and internationally.

The three-time winner of the Wole Soyinka Award for Investigative Reporting has won other international awards including Karpoor Chandra Kulish International Award for Excellence in Journalism, 2020 Kurt Schork Awards in International Journalism, and a plethora of others.

He is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of the Foundation for Investigative Journalism (FIJ), an independent, not-for-profit organisation.

Source: PUNCH

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