£4,000 cash prize for investigative journalists

Categories: School of Arts, Media and Creative Technology

Journalists who uncover corruption and wrongdoing are being invited to enter a competition to win a £4,000 cash prize.

The Ray Fitzwalter Award, launched in honour of the distinguished former ‘World In Action’ editor, aims to recognise the best work by early career investigative journalists outside London.

The award, sponsored by the University of SalfordChannel 4ITV, and the David & Elaine Potter Foundation is open to early career journalists working in any medium, based within the UK but outside the capital.

The competition is part of the University of Salford's Nations And Regions Media Conference which was chaired by Ray, who also served as a visiting professor at the University. 

The award is open to journalists in the first decade of their careers carrying out investigations in any medium, working and based within the UK but outside London. The winner will receive a £4,000 cash prize to be partly spent on a future investigation during 2020.

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to attend this year’s Nations & Regions: Media Futures event at the University of Salford’s MediaCityUK campus on Tuesday 17th March 2020, where the winner will be announced.

How to Enter:

Applicants must submit a piece of investigative journalism and a completed entry form – you can download the entry form here.

Please submit entries via email to rayfitzwalteraward@salford.ac.uk no later than 5pm on Thursday 20th February 2020. 

Links to previous winners:

2019 – Lindsey Telford, for ‘Paisley in Paradise’, a BBC Spotlight investigation into luxury holidays taken by the North Antrim MP Ian Paisley


2018 – Charles Thomson, for his investigation into the alleged cover-up of a historic paedophoile ring in Essex, published in the Yellow Advertiser newspaper.



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