Orwell Society offering £3,000 bursary to support journalists of the future

The Orwell Society is inviting aspiring journalists to enter a competition to receive a bursary of £3,000 to support them through their education and training.

The competition is open to students who in September/October 2020 will be continuing their UK undergraduate journalism course or moving from their final year on to a postgraduate journalism programme.

The competition is also open to all undergraduate and post-graduate students at a UK university who are aiming to take up a job in journalism in September/October 2020. Those students on non-journalism programmes will have to convince the panel of judges about their commitment to taking up a journalism job.

The judges of the competition are Richard Blair, son of Orwell and Patron of the Orwell Society, Ros Wynne-Jones, of the Daily Mirror, Dr Judith Townend, journalist and lecturer in media and information law at the University of Sussex, and Richard Lance Keeble, Professor of Journalism at the University of Lincoln and chair of The Orwell Society.

Ellizabeth Howcroft, a graduate of Cambridge University and winner of the bursary for 2019-2020, said: “The clarity and lucidity of Orwell’s prose has had a significant impact on my aims and ambitions as I start my career. Orwell inspires me to seek truth and to learn to communicate it plainly, without the obstruction of jargon or euphemism. I am also inspired by his intellectual versatility, as he writes convincingly on such a range of topics.”

The full terms and conditions for the competition (and deadline) can be obtained by emailing info@orwellsociety.com with Bursary Journalist in the header.



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