The unanimous winner of the $5,000 2014 Kurt Schork Freelance Award in International Journalism was Matthieu Aikins, for outstanding investigations into the conduct of the United States military in Afghanistan published in Rolling Stone, Mother Jones and GQ.
Matthieu Aikins, a Canadian reporter, was praised for compelling anecdotes and quality analysis – and for bravery while reporting solo deep inside conflict-ridden Afghan provinces.
Read Matthieu's entries and story statements
The $5,000 Local Reporter Award recipient, Neha Dixit won for her courageous and innovative series of undercover reports on rape published by the New York Times, Outlook India, and Yahoo News. Ms Dixit is a freelance investigative journalist based in New Delhi.
Her hard-hitting stories on commercial sex exploitation, child marriage, female feticide and forced labour earned her a Trust Women Award from Thomson Reuters Foundation in 2013.
Read Neha's entries and story statements
This year’s jury also chose to recognise fellow Indian journalist Priyanka Dubey with a Special Recognition Award for her coverage of India’s ‘forgotten rapes’.Ms Dubey’s stories were published in Tehelka and Yahoo News, bringing to rare public attention the long wait for justice for Indian victims of violent sexual assault, despite national legal reforms.
Read Priyanka's entries and story statements
The awards, the 13th, were presented at Thomson Reuters London headquarters on 30 October.
The awards recognize the work of reporters who seek to illuminate the human condition through courageous reporting of conflict, corruption, human rights abuses and other key issues.
Every year, a winner is chosen in two categories: the first is for freelance journalists who travel to the world’s news hotspots, often at great personal risk and little protection, to witness and report the impact and consequences of events. The second recognises the often unacknowledged work of local reporters in developing nations or countries in transition who write about events in their homeland.
Almost 300 stories were entered by 93 journalists from 41 countries for consideration by the jury – Lindsey Hilsum (Channel 4 International Editor), Paola Totaro (Foreign Press Association President, London), Lyse Doucet (BBC Chief International Correspondent), and Sean Maguire (Head of News and Campaigns at DEFRA).
The other 2014 shortlisted entrants (in no particular order) were:
Freelance category David Francis (USA), James Harkin (Republic of Ireland/UK), Tristan McConnell (UK), Alexis Okeowo (USA), Elena Stancu (Romania), Graeme Wood (Canada/USA) and Meng Yang (China)
Local Reporter category Itunu Ajayi (Nigeria), Reji Joseph (India), Alizeh Kohari (Pakistan), Olatunji Ololade (Nigeria), Shaila Rosagel (Mexico) and ‘Fisayo Soyombo (Nigeria)