Winners of the 2010 Kurt Schork Awards in International Journalism
Stephen Grey (UK) - Freelance category
Adrian Mogos (Romania) - Local journalist category
Two outstanding journalists specialising in covering crisis zones were recognised at the Kurt Schork Awards in International Journalism held in London on November 24 2010.
Stephen Grey (left) and Adrian Mogos accepted their awards from Sean Maguire of Reuters.
The 2010 Kurt Schork Awards in International Journalism this year honoured freelancer Stephen Grey (UK), and local reporter Adrian Mogos(Romania) at an awards ceremony at Thomson Reuters headquarters, Canary Wharf, London on Wednesday 24th November 2010.
The awards, the only media prize to specifically recognise freelance reporters working in the developing world and local journalists working in areas of crisis and transition, are named after Kurt Schork, the freelancer famous for his reporting from Sarajevo, who was killed while on assignment for Reuters in Sierra Leone in 2001.
The awards are administered by the Institute for War & Peace Reporting (IWPR) in association with the Thomson Reuters Foundation.
Stephen Jukes of the Kurt Schork Memorial Fund opened the awards ceremony by reflecting on the past winners. Their stories chronicle a decade of conflict and corruption, but they all have one thing in common – a passion for storytelling and for uncovering the truth. However this has come at a shocking price and among the journalists killed this decade were two Schork Award winners, Steven Vincent (a 2006 recipient) and Sahar al-Haideri (a 2007 recipient).
Stephen talked about some of the changes that he believes make covering conflict more dangerous: the fact that journalists themselves have become targets; the technology that makes communication instant; and the cost cuts which are driving more journalists to become freelance.
The awards ceremony featured a panel discussion which talked about the role of the journalist, the dangers and the changes.
About the Winners
Steven Grey - 2010 Winner, Freelance category
Stephen Grey is a freelance writer and reporter based in London, covering security issues for both newspapers and television and radio. A former foreign correspondent and Insight Editor of the Sunday Times, he has continued to work for the paper as a freelance, covering most recently the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, but has also written regularly for publications including the New York Times, Guardian, Prospect magazine and Le Monde Diplomatique. He is best known for his work on reporting the CIA’s rendition program, which resulted in his first book, Ghost Plane.
Since 2007, he has been reporting on the war in Afghanistan, particularly in Helmand and Kandahar, where he reported in the spring and early summer of this year. His account of the battle for Musa Qala – Operation Snakebite- was published last year by Penguin. He has made several films for Channel 4 Dispatches, BBC Newsnight, Radio 4’s File on Four, and is currently working on assignment for the PBS documentary series Frontline. Stephen is married with two children.
Adrian Mogos - 2010 Winner, Local journalist category
Born in the town of Cluj - Napoca on 1974, Adrian graduated from the Faculty of Journalism at the West University of Timisoara, following up with postgraduate studies in European Studies in Slovakia. Since 2004, Adrian has worked for the Bucharest-based daily newspaper Jurnalul National. At the same time, he was accepted as a member of the Romanian Centre for Investigative Journalism. In 2009, Adrian was made a fellow of the Balkan Fellowship for Journalistic Excellence, and this summer he was awarded the CEI - SEEMO award for outstanding merits in investigative journalism. Adrian is often invited to share his experience with young journalists in Romania and Moldova.
IWPR is honoured to administer the Kurt Schork Awards.