Durham University has announced the launch of a global journalism initiative in honour of the late, British-born journalist, editor and author Sir Harry Evans.
The journalism initiative, which has been created in collaboration with Reuters, will seek to identify and develop reporters from around the world in the early-stage of their careers.
Best known for his work as the editor of The Sunday Times from 1967 to 1981, Evans set the gold standard for investigative journalism, highlighting stories that served the public, with a keen ambition to reveal the ‘truth’.
Alessandra Galloni, Reuters editor-in-chief, said: “Sir Harry Evans was a giant of journalism and an inspiration to those who worked with him. We hope that, through this initiative, Reuters can help support a diverse new generation of investigative journalists and newsroom leaders.
“We are delighted to be working in partnership with Durham University to champion independent journalism, nurture emerging talent and celebrate Sir Harry’s remarkable legacy.”
Evans attended Durham University and went on to have a career spanning 70 years; at the time of his death he had been Reuters’ editor-at-large since 2011.
This forum and fellowship will attract the very best minds and talents from the journalism industry together in academic and professional discourse, in honour of one of our most notable graduates – Professor Antony Long, Durham University
The Sir Harry Evans Memorial Fund, which has already received $5m from sponsors, will create two complementary programmes: a fellowship in investigative journalism and an annual, agenda-setting forum.
The fellowship will offer candidates from across the globe the opportunity to report from the Reuters newsroom and receive mentoring and support from top Reuters editors and Durham University. While the forum will bring together a diverse audience from across journalism to Durham.
Professor Antony Long, acting vice-chancellor and warden, Durham University, said: “Durham is an exceptional global research university, and part of a history of learning and curious inquiry stretching back a thousand years.
“This forum and fellowship will attract the very best minds and talents from the journalism industry together in academic and professional discourse, in honour of one of our most notable graduates. Our partnership with Reuters will develop countless opportunities for students, researchers, and professionals alike around the world.”
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