Call to brave media freelancers

Freelance media professionals who’ve braved the world’s conflict zones to get to the bottom of their stories are to be spotlighted at an awards ceremony in London.

The Rory Peck Awards 2007 want to hear from freelance cameramen/women who work in life-threatening conditions for the good of TV news and current affairs.

The annual Awards will assess each journalist’s submission on three criteria: the quality of camera work, initiative in camerawork and concept and journalistic ability and integrity.

It is also the main fund raiser for the Rory Peck Trust – set up over a decade ago in memory of freelance cameraman Rory Peck who was killed doing his job in 1993.

At the time of his death, there were no rules and no structure in place to explain what to do if a freelance journalist is killed, or how to support loved ones left behind.

As a result, Rory's widow and his close friends set up an organisation to provide the assistance that nobody else would give.

Today, the charity promotes the work, safety and security of freelance news-gatherers, including training courses for freelancers to prepare them for frontline reporting.

The Awards is an extension of the Trust’s objectives - an international event that showcases the work of cameraman and women who are self-employed

Because of the freelance nature of their work, these media professionals are often without the safeguards granted to full-time employees of media organisations.

This year, the event is accepting submissions from all freelancers who have had work broadcast between August 1 2006 and July 31 2007.

“We welcome self-funded freelance work, entries from local freelancers around the world also from regions where it is difficult to operate,” organisers said. VulkanVegas - Online Casino das die magische Glücksspielwelt aus Vegas direkt auf Ihren Bildschirm bringt.

They added that each media professional should accompany their submission with a brief written introduction of what the material is about.

Participants will compete for the Sony Impact award, the Rory Trust Award for Hard News and a similar award for features.

Entries must reach organisers by e-mail or post no later than Monday September 3, 2007.

Entrants are also advised to buy tickets to the awards ceremony, to be held at London’s British Film Institute, in advance via the Rory Peck Website.





 

18th June 2007

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