Kurt Schork Awards in International Journalism

Article published on June 17, 2009
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Article published on June 17, 2009
Deadline Date: June 22, 2009 The Kurt Schork Awards in International Journalism recognise independent and professional reporting that sheds new light on controversial issues. Established in 2002, two US$5,000 prizes are awarded each year, one to a local reporter in a developing country or nation in transition, and the other to a freelance journalist covering international news.

The stories can focus on conflict, human-rights concerns, cross-border issues, or any other issue of controversy in a particular country or region. The prizes were created to honour Kurt Schork, an American freelance journalist who was killed in Sierra Leone in a military ambush while on assignment for Reuters on May 24 2000.

Application Information

Local Reporter: Print journalists employed by a local news outlet and residing in a developing country or nation in transition, whose work has been published in a local publication are eligible. Although individual journalists are the primary focus, submissions from a team of journalists will also be considered.

Freelance Journalist: All freelance print journalists and those contracted by news organizations are eligible. A freelance journalist is an individual who is not employed by a news organization. They are self-employed, providing services, either on the basis of time or on the production of editorial materials as defined by individual contractual arrangements, and earn the majority of their income from journalism.

Eligible media: Entries are welcomed from all types of print-based media including newspapers and magazines and established on-line publications. Blogs and personal websites are not eligible.

Each applicant must submit six copies of the following by post or email:

Entry Form. The original articles (up to three), accompanied by English translations. Articles must have appeared in print

between March 1 2008 and May 31 2009.

The applicant's curriculum vitae, listing education and journalistic experience, with dates. A statement providing background and context for the story submitted. A signed original letter from the editor of the publication on official letterhead supporting... READ MORE...