The Kurt Schork Memorial Fund exists to keep the world aware of the debt we owe to brave journalists who bring us news from dangerous places. Our annual Kurt Schork Awards in International Journalism uniquely honor the work of freelance journalists and of local reporters in developing countries or nations in transition who often otherwise receive little recognition.
It is these two categories of journalists that KSMF honors each year with its two awards: one to a freelance journalist covering international news, the other to a reporter living and working in the developing world or a country in transition.
Submissions and judging
The call for submissions is made in the first quarter of the year, inviting entries from around the world of reports published in the 12 months preceding the deadline, which is usually 31st May. A panel of judges then assesses the submitted reports, looking not just at the quality of writing but also considering the investigative effort, resourcefulness and often courage involved in getting the story. In short, the judges are looking for the same kind of reporting high standards that Kurt Schork set himself in his journalistic career.
The two winners receive their awards, including a US $5,000 cash prize each, at a ceremony, held in London in late October or November. Their work is celebrated in front of an invited audience drawn from international media and influential bodies concerned with promoting social justice, democracy and global dialogue. The evening features a panel discussion on an important issue current for the year.