London – 27 September 2012:
Reports on the Libyan conflict and Mexico's drugs trade led the field in this year's Kurt Schork awards in international journalism, with results announced today.
Sarah Topol, an American journalist based in Cairo, Egypt, has won the freelance category award for her coverage for GQ magazine of the realities for both sides in Libya during the struggle to overthrow Qaddafi.
The local reporter category has been won by Humberto Padgett of Mexico for a series of articles published by Emeequis magazine about the complexities, misconceptions and consequences of his country's drugs trafficking.
In this, the 11th year of the awards, 150 journalists from around the world submitted articles for review. A shortlist of eight in each of the two categories was then forwarded to the main judging panel, comprising Sir Harold Evans, Reuters Editor-at-large; Christine Hauser of The New York Times; Paul Eedle, Director of Programmes at al-Jazeera English; and Michael Buerk, BBC journalist, presenter and newsreader.
The judges applauded both winners for their strong 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 reporting for the Reuters news agency.
The winners will each receive a cash prize of US $5000 at a prestigious awards ceremony to be held at the Thomson Reuters auditorium at Canary Wharf, London, on 7 November.
More details about the awards and the Kurt Schork Memorial Fund (KSMF) are available on the KSMF website (www.ksmfund.org).
JOURNALISTS AND OTHER INTERESTED PARTIES ARE WARMLY INVITED TO ATTEND THE 11TH ANNUAL KURT SCHORK AWARDS IN CANARY WHARF ON NOVEMBER 7. TO RSVP, PLEASE CONTACT DIANA QUAY.
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