Kurt Schork Awards in International Journalism
"War reporting is a privilege. After three years, the grime and gore of combat, the dreadful logic of ethnic hatred are no longer abstractions for me. More important, every day I see the grace and dignity of ordinary people trying to survive under extraordinary circumstances."
Kurt Schork, 1947-2000
The Kurt Schork Memorial Awards uniquely honour the contributions of freelance journalists covering foreign news and reporters from the developing world and countries in transition. Since 2005, IWPR has been honoured to partner with the Kurt Schork Memorial Fund to administer and organise the annual awards.
A freelancer himself, Kurt Schork appreciated the obstacles and concerns of freelance journalists who work without the institutional or financial safety net of large news organizations and yet are usually first on the scene, often taking greater risks to keep the public informed. The Awards include cash prizes of $5,000 each per local and international winner as financial support to help them with continued reporting.
The Awards honor Kurt’s own legacy by supporting the continued excellent work of other brave freelancers. Nominees are judged not only on the quality of writing and investigative effort, but also on the level of courage and resourcefulness demonstrated in producing the stories – reflecting the journalistic standards and personal courage displayed by Kurt himself over the course of his distinguished career.
The recipients of the awards are honored at an ceremony each fall in London. Institute for War & Peace Reporting has been administering the Awards since 2006.
About the Winners
2011 - Winners
2010 - Winners, Shortlist, Ceremony Photos & Videos
2009 - Winners, Ceremony Photos & Videos
2008 - Winners, Ceremony Photos & Videos
2007 - Winners, Ceremony Photos & Videos
2006 - Winners, Ceremony Photos
IWPR is honoured to be a partner, with the Thomson Reuters Foundation, in promoting and administering the Kurt Schork Awards.