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KURT SCHORK AWARDS OPEN FOR ENTRIES

The Institute for War and Peace Reporting (IWPR) is calling for entries for the Kurt Schork Awards in International Journalism, which recognise fearless freelance news reporters and those journalists who cannot leave their country when the story becomes secondary to survival.

Two prizes of $5,000 each are awarded annually, one to a freelance journalist covering international news, and the other to a local journalist in the developing world who shows great courage in reporting on controversial issues. The stories can focus on conflict, human rights concerns, cross-border issues, or any other issue of controversy in a particular country or region.

The awards, funded by the Kurt Schork Memorial Fund and Reuters, are named in honour of Kurt Schork, a U.S. freelance reporter who was killed in a military ambush while on assignment for Reuters in Sierra Leone in May 2000.

The deadline for receipt of entries is 1 June 2008.

For full details of the awards and how to enter, email: schorkawards(@)iwpr(.)net or see: http://tinyurl.com/3rerts

(8 April 2008)

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