Kurt Schork Memorial Fund Organises 2017 Annual International Journalism Awards


The Kurt Schork Memorial Fund (KSMF) is inviting applications for its 2017 annual international journalism awards.

The award seeks to recognise, freelancers, local reporters whose works are often poorly paid, mostly unsung and all too often fraught with danger.

The 16th annual award ceremony is scheduled to hold late October or November 2017, at the Thomson Reuters Foundation’s main offices in Canary Wharf, London.

This year’s award will include a third category, ‘News Fixers’, which recognises their work in the field of journalism.
Today, the two annual awards, for freelance and local journalism, are recognized worldwide as a mark of excellence and have an established track record for brave reporting on conflict, corruption and injustice.

The call for entries this year is in three categories:
*Local Reporter – award that recognizes the often over-looked work of journalists in developing nations or countries in transition who write about events in their homeland.
*Freelance – award for those journalists who travel to the world’s conflict zones, usually at great personal risk, to witness and report the impact and consequences of events.
*News Fixer – award rewarding local journalists and/or experts, hired by a visiting foreign reporter or news organization, whose guidance and local knowledge materially benefited the content, impact and reach of the stories submitted.

Stories can center on conflict, human rights, cross-border issues or any controversial matter in a particular country or region.

Submitted entries should demonstrate professionalism, meet international journalistic standards and provide evidence that entails courage and determination were required to cover the story.

Written stories must be translated into English and published between June 1, 2016 and May 31, 2017.

Print and online journalists worldwide are eligible to apply for the award.

Each category winner, will be given $5,000, which will be presented at a prestigious ceremony in London.

Interested applicants or nomination for the newly introduced News Fixer award, should check the 2017 entry form page and go through the application process.

Entries should be submitted by midnight (GMT) Wednesday, May 31, 2017.

Applicants can make further enquiries about the 2017 awards process by writing to enquiries@ksmfund.org.