The Georgina Henry/ Women in Journalism award for Innovation

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Women in Journalism has announced an annual journalism award to be presented at The Press Awards.  OPEN to  all stages  - from  students who may want to use the money for work experience or senior journalists who have a project in mind.

The prize of £4000 will be used to fund either a project or pay for living expenses during work experience at two or more major national news organisations, arranged by the organisers.

Applicants can be any age, working in either print or multimedia.  The judges will be looking for a flair for storytelling and evidence of innovation and/or impact.  They will be looking for the winner to demonstrate an identifiable voice and flair for a specific subject.

Georgina Henry, who tragically passed away in February 2014, was a founding member of Women in Journalism 21 years ago as well as former deputy editor of the Guardian and head of Guardian.co.uk.

Eleanor Mills, WiJ chair says “Women in Journalism is delighted to be offering a new award in the name of one of our founding members Georgina Henry of the Guardian. Offering a prize for innovation seems a great way to immortalise her memory and give a big break to an enterprising woman journalist.”

Alan Rusbridger, editor in chief of The Guardian, says, ‘Georgina Henry was really proud of her work with Women in Journalism and was – through launching and editing Comment is Free – a real innovator. I know she would have been delighted at an award in her name to encourage women to follow in her footsteps to achieve important things in the reinvention of journalism today.’

The Press Awards, “the Oscars of the industry”  will take place next year on March 10 at a black tie dinner at The Grosvenor Marriott. The award is being sponsored by media law firm Wiggin LLP .

Caroline Kean, Partner of Wiggin LLP said: ‘We have been with WIJ from its beginnings 21 years ago. We are proud to do something that both honours Georgina’s memory and offers opportunities to aspiring journalists – particularly at a time when changes in the industry and threats to press freedom mean that good journalists are more essential than ever.’

Eleanor Mills, editorial director of the Sunday Times and chair of WIJ, Eve Pollard with founding chair of WIJ and former editor of the Sunday Express at the WIJ Christmas party at News UK, 1 Dec 2014

Eleanor Mills, editorial director of the Sunday Times and chair of WIJ, Eve Pollard with founding chair of WIJ and former editor of the Sunday Express at the WIJ Christmas party at News UK where the Award for Innovation was announced, 1 Dec 2014

The award, for women only, can be entered by sending three examples of  work from the past 12  months to gh.wijaward@gmail.com plus an 800-word pitch for an ongoing journalistic project, explaining what stage it is at, and how it is likely to proceed. Closing date for entries is January 10 2015. The judges can also nominate candidates.

The six judges will be  Eleanor Mills, editorial director of the Sunday Times and current chair of WiJ, Eve Pollard,  founding chair of WiJ and former editor of the Sunday Express, Jane Martinson, head of media at the Guardian and former chair of WiJ, Alison Gow , editor, digital innovation Trinity Mirror Regionals and a board member of the Society of Editors, Caroline Kean, partner Wiggin LLP and Sue Ryan, former managing editor of the  Daily Telegraph and a board member of the Society of Editors.

A gallery of images from the launch night is viewable on the WIJ flickr page.

Guests at the WIJ Christmas party listening to the announcement of the award, 1 Dec 2014

Guests at the WIJ Christmas party listening to the announcement of the award, 1 Dec 2014

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