Kurt Schork call entries for awards in International Journalism 2022

Awards recognize the courageous work of freelance journalists, local reporters and news fixers from around the world

Kurt Schork
International Journalism award 2022 for honour excellence in courageous reporting of conflict, corruption, human rights transgressions and other related issues in freelance, local reporter and news fixer category. Photo trust.org

The Kurt Schork Memorial Fund (KSMF) is now accepting submissions for its 2022 Awards in International Journalism. The awards honor excellence in courageous reporting of conflict, corruption, human rights transgressions and other related issues. 

The only international recognition of their type for print journalists, the awards are split into three categories –

  • Freelance Awardrecognising journalists who travel to the world’s conflict zones, usually at great personal risk, to witness and report on the impact and consequences of these events.
  • Local Reporter Awardrecognising the often-overlooked work of journalists in developing nations (or countries in transition) who write about events in their homeland.
  • News Fixer Award recognising local journalists and/or experts hired by a visiting foreign reporter or news organization, whose guidance and local knowledge materially benefited the content, impact and reach of the stories submitted.

KSMF invites freelance journalists, local reporters and fixers from all over the world to enter the 21 annual awards, established in 2002 in memory of American freelance journalist Kurt Schork who was killed in 2000 while on assignment for Reuters in Sierra Leone. 

Last year’s winners were Iranian American journalist Jason Motlagh (freelance category), Brazilian journalist Rafael Soares (local reporter category) and Khabat Abbas from Syria (news fixer category). 

The Kurt Schork Awards continue to highlight the particular difficulties faced by freelance journalists, local reporters and fixers, as well as their courageous reporting. The News Fixer Award, launched in 2016 and presented for the first time in 2017, seeks to highlight the work of some of the unsung heroes of modern journalism.

The three winners – each of whom will receive a cash prize of $5,000 (approximately Rs 3.7 Lakh) – will be announced towards the end of this year, alongside an associated event. Entrants must submit three articles each – published between 01 June 2021 – 31 May 2022. Judges will look for journalistic excellence in applicants’ submissions and evidence of determination and courage in obtaining their stories. The deadline for entries is midnight (GMT) on Tuesday, 31 May.

2023 promises an interesting ride for print in India

Indian Printer and Publisher founded in 1979 is the oldest B2B trade publication in the multi-platform and multi-channel IPPGroup. While the print and packaging industries have been resilient in the past 33 months since the pandemic lockdown of 25 March 2020, the commercial printing and newspaper industries have yet to recover their pre-Covid trajectory.

The fragmented commercial printing industry faces substantial challenges as does the newspaper industry. While digital short-run printing and the signage industry seem to be recovering a bit faster, ultimately their growth will also be moderated by the progress of the overall economy. On the other hand book printing exports are doing well but they too face several supply-chain and logistics challenges.

The price of publication papers including newsprint has been high in the past year while availability is diminished by several mills shutting down their publication paper and newsprint machines in the past four years. Indian paper mills are also exporting many types of paper and have raised prices for Indian printers. To some extent, this has helped in the recovery of the digital printing industry with its on-demand short-run and low-wastage paradigm.

Ultimately digital print and other digital channels will help print grow in a country where we are still far behind in our paper and print consumption and where digital is a leapfrog technology that will only increase the demand for print in the foreseeable future. For instance, there is no alternative to a rise in textbook consumption but this segment will only reach normality in the next financial year beginning on 1 April 2023.

Thus while the new normal is a moving target and many commercial printers look to diversification, we believe that our target audiences may shift and change. Like them, we will also have to adapt with agility to keep up with their business and technical information needs.

Our 2023 media kit is ready, and it is the right time to take stock and reconnect with your potential markets and customers. Print is the glue for the growth of liberal education, new industry, and an emerging economy. We seek your participation in what promises to be an interesting ride.

– Naresh Khanna

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