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Columbia University announces 2005 Kurt Schork Awards in International Journalism

Awards recognize independent and professional reporting that sheds new light on controversial issues

Posted: March 30, 2005

The Columbia Universtity Graduate School of Journalism is accepting applications for the 2005 Kurt Schork Awards in International Journalism. Two prizes worth US$5,000 each will be awarded to a reporter in a developing nation or country in transition and a freelance journalist covering foreign news.

The 2004 local reporting award was given to a Adrian Liviu Avram (Romania) and the freelance journalist award was given to Andrew Meldrum writing for The Guardian.

The prizes were established by the Schork family in honor of American journalist Kurt Schork, who was killed in 2000, while on assignment for Reuters in Sierra Leóne. The awards are supported by Reuters and administered by the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. The winners will be judged not only on the quality of writing and investigative effort, but also on the level of courage and resourcefulness demonstrated by the applicants.

The DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS IS POSTMARK May 1, 2005. There is no entry fee. Award criteria and entry forms are available at the web site: www.jrn.columbia.edu/events/schork.

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