The annual Kurt Schork Awards in International Journalism,  underwritten by the Kurt Schork Memorial Fund and Reuters, and administered by the Institute of War and Peace Reporting, will award three $5,000 prizes to recognize independent and professional reporting that sheds new light on controversial issues:
- a 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.
- a 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.
- A 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 focus on conflict, human-rights concerns, cross-border issues, or any other issue of controversy in a particular country or region. The awards were created to honor Kurt Schork, an American freelance journalist who was killed in a military ambush while on assignment for Reuters on May 24, 2000, in Sierra Leone. Applicants will be asked to submit a body of work (up to three articles) that demonstrates professionalism, meets international journalistic standards, and gives evidence that courage and determination played a role in generating the articles. Further details and entry forms are available at the web site. Deadline: May 31, 2017.