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The Kurt Schork Awards in International Journalism 2013

Updated: Thu, 14 Nov 2013

Introduction

Unique perspectives from inside Syria’s civil war and exposure of health and safety failings in Chinese manufacturing won the attention and admiration of the jury in this year’s Kurt Schork Awards in International Journalism, with results announced today.

Rania Abouzeid, a Lebanese Australian based in Lebanon, has won the Freelance category award for her stories published by Time magazine and the New Yorker covering the Syrian conflict.

The judges’ unanimous decision lauded her extraordinary access to life inside rebel factions and vivid eyewitness accounts and hard-won factual information that penetrated to the heart of an important, dangerous and confusing story.

The Local Reporter category has been won by China’s Fiona Xiao-Mi Tan for her revelatory exposure, while based in Guangdong Province, of the appalling scale of health and safety abuse of workers in China’s booming manufacturing sector published by the South China Morning Post.

In this, the 12th year of the awards, more than 100 journalists representing 36 nationalities submitted almost 200 published reports. A shortlist of eight in each of the two categories was judged this year by Broadcaster Michael Buerk, Channel 4 News (UK) International Editor, Lindsey Hilsum, freelance journalist, author, editor and Vice President, Foreign Press Association in London, Paola Totaro and Director of Programmes at Al Jazeera English, Paul Eedle.

The judges praised both winners for their tenacious on-the-ground reporting and vivid insights, reflecting the journalistic spirit of Kurt Schork in whose name the awards were created after he was killed in Sierra Leone in 2000 while on assignment for the Reuters news agency.

The winners will each receive a cash prize of US $5000 to be presented by Reuters’ Chief Executive Andrew Rashbass at a prestigious awards ceremony to be held at the Thomson Reuters auditorium, Canary Wharf, London, on Thursday evening, November 28. BBC Hardtalk Presenter Stephen Sackur will be Moderator of the evening’s panel discussion. The Thomson Reuters Foundation in London has hosted the awards ceremony since 2009.

More details about the awards and the Kurt Schork Memorial Fund (KSMF) are available at www.ksmfund.org and www.facebook.com/KSMFundAwards

Editors: for further information please contact:

Corrie Parsonson, awards administrator
enquiries@ksmfund.org
Tel: +44 (0)20 8416 0116

Mob: +44 (0)79 9056 5905

Unique perspectives from inside Syria’s civil war and exposure of health and safety failings in Chinese manufacturing won the attention and admiration of the jury in this year’s Kurt Schork Awards in International Journalism, with results announced today.

Rania Abouzeid, a Lebanese Australian based in Lebanon, has won the Freelance category award for her stories published by Time magazine and the New Yorker covering the Syrian conflict.

The judges’ unanimous decision lauded her extraordinary access to life inside rebel factions and vivid eyewitness accounts and hard-won factual information that penetrated to the heart of an important, dangerous and confusing story.

The Local Reporter category has been won by China’s Fiona Xiao-Mi Tan for her revelatory exposure, while based in Guangdong Province, of the appalling scale of health and safety abuse of workers in China’s booming manufacturing sector published by the South China Morning Post.

In this, the 12th year of the awards, more than 100 journalists representing 36 nationalities submitted almost 200 published reports. A shortlist of eight in each of the two categories was judged this year by Broadcaster Michael Buerk, Channel 4 News (UK) International Editor, Lindsey Hilsum, freelance journalist, author, editor and Vice President, Foreign Press Association in London, Paola Totaro and Director of Programmes at Al Jazeera English, Paul Eedle.

The judges praised both winners for their tenacious on-the-ground reporting and vivid insights, reflecting the journalistic spirit of Kurt Schork in whose name the awards were created after he was killed in Sierra Leone in 2000 while on assignment for the Reuters news agency.

The winners will each receive a cash prize of US $5000 to be presented by Reuters’ Chief Executive Andrew Rashbass at a prestigious awards ceremony to be held at the Thomson Reuters auditorium, Canary Wharf, London, on Thursday evening, November 28. BBC Hardtalk Presenter Stephen Sackur will be Moderator of the evening’s panel discussion. The Thomson Reuters Foundation in London has hosted the awards ceremony since 2009.

More details about the awards and the Kurt Schork Memorial Fund (KSMF) are available at www.ksmfund.org and www.facebook.com/KSMFundAwards

Editors: for further information please contact:

Corrie Parsonson, awards administrator
enquiries@ksmfund.org
Tel: +44 (0)20 8416 0116

Mob: +44 (0)79 9056 5905