Kurt Schork Memorial Fund Awards in International Journalism 2024

 Deadline: 31st of May, 2024.

Applications are now open for the 2024 Kurt Schork Memorial Fund Awards in International Journalism.The Kurt Schork Memorial Fund (KSMF) encourages freelance journalists, local reporters, and news fixers worldwide to submit nominations for the 23rd annual Kurt Schork Awards in International Journalism.

The Awards recognize excellence and courage in covering violence, corruption, injustice, and human rights concerns. Winners receive a $5,000 cash reward.


Named in memory of American freelance journalist Kurt Schork, who was killed in 2000 while on assignment for Reuters in Sierra Leone, the Awards recognise the bravery of journalists who take great personal risk, often for little reward, to shine a light on the truth and hold power to account.

The three award categories, open to those reporting for print and online publications, recognise the media professionals that Kurt particularly admired:

  • Freelance Award: recognising freelance 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 Award: recognising the often-overlooked work of journalists in developing nations, or countries in transition, who write about events in their homeland.
  • News Fixer Award: recognising the work of local journalists or experts, typically hired by foreign correspondents, whose guidance and local knowledge play an unsung but vital role in facilitating international coverage from difficult, dangerous or hostile locations.


  • Applications are now open and the deadline for submissions is midnight (GMT) on Friday, May 31, 2024.
  • Entrants for the Local Reporter and Freelance Awards must submit three articles each, published between June 01, 2023 and May 31, 2024. The judges will look for journalistic excellence in applicants’ submissions and evidence of determination and courage in obtaining their stories.

Click here to apply 

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