The Kurt Schork Memorial Fund (KSMF) is now accepting submissions for its 2021 awards in international journalism. The awards recognise excellence in courageous reporting of conflict, corruption, human rights transgressions and other related issues.
The only international recognition of their type for print journalists, the awards are split into three categories:
- Freelance Journalist Award: recognising journalists who travel to the world’s conflict zones, usually at great personal risk, to witness and report on the impact and consequences of these events.
- Local Reporter Award: recognising the often-overlooked work of journalists in developing nations (or countries in transition) who write about events in their homeland.
- News Fixer Award: recognising local journalists and/or experts, hired by a visiting foreign reporter or news organisation, whose guidance and local knowledge materially benefited the content, impact and reach of the stories submitted.
KSMF invites freelance journalists, local reporters and fixers from all over the world to enter the 20th annual awards, established in 2002 to honour American freelance journalist Kurt Schork who was killed in 2000 while on assignment for Reuters in Sierra Leone.
Last year’s winners were Pakistani journalist Shah Meer Baloch (Freelance Journalist), Nigerian journalist Fisayo Soyombo (Local Reporter) and Kamiran Sadoun from Syria (News Fixer).
The Kurt Schork Awards continue to highlight the particular difficulties faced by freelance journalists, local reporters and fixers, as well as their courageous reporting. The News Fixer Award, launched in 2016 and presented for the first time in 2017, seeks to highlight the work of some of the unsung heroes of modern journalism.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the three winners are likely to be announced online in October 2021, in lieu of a physical award ceremony. Each winner will receive a cash prize of $5,000. Since 2009, the Thomson Reuters Foundation has supported the Award, forming a core part of its global work to advance press freedom and to strengthen the independent media ecosystem.
Entrants must submit three articles each – published between June 1, 2020 and May 31, 2021. Judges will look for journalistic excellence in applicants’ submissions and evidence of determination and courage in obtaining their stories. The deadline for entries is midnight (GMT) on Monday, May 31.
Further details about eligibility and entry criteria, as well as the online entry form and an FAQ, can be found on the KSMF website at: www.ksmfund.org
You can read about the 2020 Awards here.