CNN's Amanpour to host international journalism awards

CNN's Christiane Amanpour is to host the annual Kurt Schork Awards in International Journalism at the Frontline Club, London, next week.

The event aims "to acknowledge, reward and remember those journalists around the world working out of the spotlight to report on the world's crises, conflicts and challenges".

The awards, on 16 November, will be followed by a panel discussion: With technology forcing huge changes in the media, will the future belong to local and freelance journalists?

The awards were established to recognise the best of local and freelance reporters whose work is often overlooked, and were established in memory of Kurt Schork, a journalist killed in Sierra Leone on assignment for Reuters.

The panel of judges includes Lionel Barber, editor of the Financial Times; Roger Cohen of the International Herald Tribune; Peter Maas of the New York Times Magazine; Isobel Hilton of OpenDemocracy.net; and Saira Shah, writer and broadcaster.

Two annual prizes of £5,000 each will be awarded, one to a freelance journalist covering foreign news, and the second to a local journalist in the developing world or countries in transition.

The winners will join Out There News's Paul Eedle, Viewmagazine.tv's David Dunkley Gyimah and Kayhan newspaper's Nazenin Ansari to discuss the current and future role of local and freelance reporting in global newsgathering.

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