journalists covering local stories in developing countries and
freelancers specialized in foreign reporting have until 15 June 2007 to
enter the Kurt Schork Awards in International Journalism. The submitted
articles should focus on conflict, human-rights concerns, cross-border
issues, or any other issue of controversy. The stories must have been
published between 1 March 2006 and 30 April 2007.
contest, which is co-organised by Institute for War and Peace
Reporting, an international non-profit media development network, and
the Kurt Schork Memorial Fund, celebrates the memory of the American
freelance reporter killed in an ambush while on assignment for Reuters
in Sierra Leone in May 2000.
Two annual prizes of $5,000 each are awarded - one to to a local journalist in the developing world, and the second to
an international freelance journalist covering foreign news. Massoud
Ansari from Pakistan and the late Steven Vincent from the US were last
Call For Entries
Deadline June 15, 2007
Kurt Schork Awards in International Journalism celebrate the best in
freelance print journalism and local reporters who show great courage
and commitment to reporting on controversial issues.
$5,000 prizes are awarded each year, one to a local reporter covering
local stories 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
by the Kurt Schork Memorial Fund and Reuters, the prizes honour Kurt
Schork, an American freelance journalist who was killed in a military
ambush while on assignment for Reuters on May 24, 2000, in Sierra Leone.
How to Enter
submissions must demonstrate professionalism, meet international
journalistic standards, and provide evidence that courage and
determination played a role in generating the articles. Winners will be
chosen by an international panel of five judges.
applicant must submit six (6) copies of the following if sending by
post, or one (1) copy of each, as attachments, if applying via email:
• Freelance Journalist Entry Form or Local Journalist Entry Form (to be found on the website addresses below).
The original articles, (up to three), accompanied by English
translation. Articles must have appeared in print between March 1, 2006
and April 30 2007.
• The applicant's curriculum vitae (resume), listing education and journalistic experience, with dates.
• A statement providing background and context for the stories submitted.
A signed original letter from the editor of the publication on official
letterhead supporting the submission for the Kurt Schork Award,
including confirmation of the nominee's employment status with the
• One (1) photograph. Photocopies of photographs will not be accepted.
Deadline for receipt of entries: June 15, 2007.
Applications may be sent electronically via email, or by post: Send to:
The Kurt Schork Awards in International Journalism
c/o Alan Davis
Institute for War & Peace Reporting
48 Grays Inn Road
Journalist: Print journalists employed by a local news outlet and
residing in a developing country or nation in transition (non OECD or
EU countries), 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. For a
full definition of an eligible local journalist and countries, visit
the websites listed below.
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. For a full definition of an eligible freelance journalist,
visit the websites listed below.
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.
For more information, including entry forms, full eligibility criteria and details of previous winners, visit:
reporting is a privilege. After three years, the grime and gore of
combat, the dreadful logic of ethnic hatred are no longer abstractions
for me. More important, every day I see the grace and dignity of
ordinary people trying to survive under extraordinary circumstances.” –Kurt Schork, 1947-2000