Kurt Schork Awards: 2014 Shortlisted Entries

by Corrie Parsonson
Thursday, 3 July 2014 08:40 GMT

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Congratulations to the entrants shortlisted for the 2014 Kurt Schork Awards in International Journalism.

Congratulations to the entrants shortlisted for the 2014 Kurt Schork Awards in International Journalism.

Freelance category

Matthieu Aikins (Canada)

David Francis (USA)

James Harkin (Rep. of Ireland/UK)

Tristan McConnell (UK)

Alexis Okeowo (USA)

Elena Stancu (Romania)

Graeme Wood (Canada/USA)

Meng Yang (China)

Local Reporter category

Itunu Ajayi (Nigeria)

Neha Dixit (India)

Priyanka Dubey (India)

Reji Joseph (India)

Alizeh Kohari (Pakistan)

Olatunji Ololade (Nigeria)

Shaila Rosagel (Mexico)

‘Fisayo Soyombo (Nigeria)




The winner in each category will be announced in September, and the Awards Ceremony will take place at the Thomson Reuters Auditorium, Canary Wharf, London, on Thursday evening, October 30, 2014.

The judges for these, the 13th annual awards, are Lindsey Hilsum, International Editor, Channel 4 News, UK; Paola Totaro, President of the Foreign Press Association, London, UK; Lyse Doucet, the BBC’s Chief Foreign Correspondent, and Sean Maguire, Head of Communications and Spokesperson for the International Committee of the Red Cross, UK, and former Global Editor, Politics and International Affairs, at Reuters.

Established in 2002, the $US5,000 awards honour American freelance journalist Kurt Schork, who was killed in 2000 while on assignment for Reuters in Sierra Leone. The awards recognize the work of reporters who seek to illuminate the human condition through courageous reporting of conflict, corruption, human rights transgressions and other key issues.

The annual awards are in two categories: the first recognises the often unacknowledged work of local reporters in developing nations or countries in transition who write about events in their homeland. The second is for freelance journalists who travel to the world’s news hotspots, often at great personal risk and with little protection, to witness and report the impact and consequences of major events.

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