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Congratulations to our finalists in this year's Kurt Schork Memorial Fund Awards in International Journalism

Local Reporter category: Soma Basu (India), Mai Shams El-Din (Egypt), Ismail Alexandrani (Egypt), Shaila Rosagel (Mexico), Ekaterina Sergatskova (Russia), Anton Vodianyi (Ukraine), Camini Marajh (Trinidad & Tobago) and Ashutosh Bhardwaj (India).

Freelance Journalist covering International News category: Alex Perry (UK), Rania Abouzeid (Lebanon/Australia), Ty McCormick (USA), Tristan McConnell (UK), Sandra Weiss (Germany), Anjan Sundaram (France), Tom Parfitt (UK) and Clair MacDougall (Australia).

2015 Submission criteria:

  • Submitted articles must have been published between June 1, 2014 and May 31, 2015.
  • Accepted media: any print-based medium, such as newspapers and magazines, or established online publications. Blogs, personal websites and social media pages or channels are not accepted.
  • Articles can encompass war reporting, human rights issues, cross-border troubles, corruption or other controversial matters impacting on people’s lives. Judges will be looking for professionalism, high journalistic standards, and evidence of dedication and courage in obtaining the story.
  • Three separate articles must be submitted
  • Because of problems with scanned entries and failed links in previous years, we require that each article must be provided as a text file – MS Word (.doc or .docx) or similar text format (.rtf), or a PDF of a text file.
  • You may supply a URL link to your article(s), or a scan (as a PDF or JPG file) as supporting evidence of the publication context, but your entry will be automatically disqualified if you do not also submit the required text files.

Additional material you must provide:

  • a CV or resumé about your education and journalism career.
  • a passport-type photo (JPEG, GIF or PNG file, size no larger than 250Kb).
  • a high standard English translation if your original article is in another language.
  • a short statement explaining what you had to do to get the story.

The maximum file size for text submissions or scans is 5Mb.


Local reporter: A print journalist employed by a local news outlet and residing in a developing country or nation in transition (non-OECD or EU countries) whose work is published in a local publication, or a local journalist living in and writing about such a country whose work is published globally by an established online publication. Although the primary focus is on individual journalists, submissions from a team of journalists will also be considered.

Freelance journalist: Freelance journalists are individuals who are not employed by a news organization. They are self-employed, providing services either on the basis of time or on the production of editorial materials defined by individual contractual arrangements and earn the majority of their income from journalism.


If you have any questions about the 2015 awards process, please email enquiries@ksmfund.org.