The Kurt Schork Awards in International Journalism, recognizing exceptional reporting that sheds new light on controversial issues, including conflicts, human-rights concerns or cross-border issues in a particular country or region, have been established by the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism".
Two $10,000 prizes will be awarded, one to a local reporter in a developing country or nation in transition, and the other to a freelance journalist of any nationality covering international news.
Underwritten by the Kurt Schork Memorial Fund and Reuters, and administered by the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, the prizes honor Kurt Schork, an American freelance journalist who was killed in a military ambush while on assignment for Reuters on May 24, 2000, in Sierra Leone.
Though Schork reported from many of the world's hot spots -- northern Iraq, Afghanistan, Bosnia, Chechnya, East Timor, Kosovo and, finally, Sierra Leon -- he was best known for his hard-hitting reports from Bosnia during the siege of Sarajevo. He was also known for his appreciation and respect for the local journalists who worked beside him.
Entries must be postmarked by June 1, 2002. The first recipients of the Kurt Schork Memorial Prizes will be announced in August 2002 and will be honored at an awards ceremony to take place in New York City in October 2002.