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Call for entries to this year’s Kurt Schork Awards in International Journalism


International freelance journalists and reporters from the developing world have just one more week to submit their entries into this year’s Kurt Schork Awards in International Journalism. The deadline for entries to be received via email or postmarked is June 15th.


The awards were created to honour the best in local journalism and international freelancing and were set up in memory of Kurt Schork, the American freelance reporter best known for his committed reporting around the world, who was killed in a military ambush while on assignment for Reuters in Sierra Leone in May 2000.


Two prizes of $5,000 are awarded each year –one in each category. Last year’s winners were Massoud Ansari from Pakistan and Steven Vincent, the New York-based reporter who was kidnapped and murdered in Basra two years ago while investigating the local police. Massoud Ansari and Steven Vincent’s widow received the awards from Christiane Amanpour of CNN at a ceremony at the Frontline Club in London late last year.  


The awards were established by the Kurt Schork Memorial Fund and managed by the Institute for War & Peace Reporting (IWPR), the international media development charity that works to develop local journalism in crisis and transitional zones around the world, including Iran, Iraq and Afghanistanand now the Philippines.


This year’s judges include Lindsay Hilsum, China Correspondent for UK’s Channel 4 News, Mid-East commentator Mona Eltahawy, Christina Lamb of The Sunday Times and Ray Bonner of the New York Times. Winners will be flown to London for the awards in November.   


For more information on how to enter, contact Alan Davis (alan@iwpr.net) visit the IWPR website (www.iwpr.net), or click here to access the Kurt Schork pages.





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