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TheCable editor, ‘Fisayo Soyombo, shortlisted for 2014 Kurt Schork Awards

TheCable editor, ‘Fisayo Soyombo, shortlisted for 2014 Kurt Schork Awards
July 01
17:01 2014

TheCable news & features editor, ‘Fisayo Soyombo, has been shortlisted for the 2014 Kurt Schork Awards in International Journalism.

Soyombo was shortlisted in the Local Reporters category — which “recognises the often unacknowledged work of local reporters in developing nations or countries in transition who write about events in their homeland” — for Blood on the Plateau, a five-part series on the killings in Plateau State, published in December 2013.

Among the seven other shortlisted applicants are Neha Dixit (India), Priyanka Dubey (India), Reji Joseph (India), Shaila Rosagel (Mexico), and Alizeh Kohari (Pakistan).

Two other Nigerians — Olatunji Ololade and Itunu Ajayi — make up the list, which contained no Nigerian in 2013.


A second category — which rewards “freelance journalists who travel to the world’s news hotspots, often at great personal risk and little protection, to witness and report the impact and consequences of major events” — features Matthieu Aikins (Canada), David Francis (USA), James Harkin (Republic of Ireland/UK), Tristan McConnell (UK), Alexis Okeowo (USA), Elena Stancu (Romania), Graeme Wood (Canada/USA) and Meng Yang (China).

The winner in each category will be announced in September, while the awards ceremony will hold at the Thomson Reuters Auditorium, Canary Wharf, London, in the evening of Thursday, October 30, 2014.

This shortlisted entries for this year’s awards, the 13th in the annual series, was judged by Lindsey Hilsum, international editor, Channel 4 News, UK; Paola Totaro, president of the Foreign Press Association, London, UK; Lyse Doucet, the BBC’s chief foreign correspondent and Sean Maguire, head of communications and spokesperson for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), UK and former global editor, politics and international affairs at Reuters.


“There’s no need to deny that being shortlisted is a good feeling, an honour — especially because the award is in memory of a man who died doing the kind of stories I don’t shy away from pursuing,” ‘Fisayo said.

“But there’s no need to get ahead of myself. This is only a shortlist, and I am certain that each of the eight finalists is a deserving, probable winner.”

Established in 2002, the $US5,000 awards honour American freelance journalist Kurt Schork, who was killed in 2000 while on assignment for Reuters in Sierra Leone.

“The awards recognise the work of reporters who seek to illuminate the human condition through courageous reporting of conflict, corruption, human rights transgressions and other key issues,” the organisers wrote in a statement.


In 2013, Rania AbouzeidRania Abouzeid — a Lebanese-Australian based in Beirut, Lebanon — won the Freelance category award for her stories published by Time magazine and the New Yorker covering the Syrian conflict; while China’s Fiona Xiao-Mi Tan won the Local Reporter category “for her revelatory exposure… of an appalling scale of health and safety abuse of workers in China’s booming manufacturing sector” published by the South China Morning Post.


  1. Bookey
    Bookey July 01, 21:32

    A big congrats Fisayo.More wisdom, grace and strength for impact I pray for you in Jesus name.

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  2. joan
    joan July 01, 23:57

    Congrats editor

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  3. Yhormmie2
    Yhormmie2 July 02, 00:27

    Congrats, Fisayo. Your place is at the top. Do not rest on your oars until you get there. God ‘ll continue to guide your steps. Big up to you, bro, for excellent job always.

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  4. POP
    POP July 02, 17:04

    Congrats Fix! We are winning!!

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  5. ADE
    ADE July 03, 12:07

    This potends a good tomorrow to come. Congratulations my brother. But the ‘Obe’ in the award must go round O!

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  6. Obioma
    Obioma July 05, 08:21

    …a very big congratulations to you. may your pen never run dry, and may your name come tops when the roll will be called.

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  7. Constant
    Constant July 05, 13:53

    I’ve always known Fisayo will make us known. And proud of it. Salute!

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