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  • The Philip Geddes prize is open to undergraduate members of the University who, by the end of Trinity Term 2016, will have completed the second year of their degree course.

  • Applicants for the Ronnie Payne Prize for Foreign Reporting should be undergraduates of the University in their second, third or fourth year who have already participated in student journalism and hope to make their career in journalism.

  • The Clive Taylor prize is awarded for sports journalism and is open to all current University graduates or undergraduates regardless of year of study.


The value of the main Philip Geddes Prize is £2,500; The Ronnie Payne Prize is worth £2,000 and the Clive Taylor Prize is worth £2,000.


Candidates for the prizes are asked to submit the following:

  • a minimum of three and a maximum of six pieces of journalistic work completed whilst at the University, in electronic format (PDF or Word), and

  • an outline (maximum 500 words) of a specific journalistic project upon which you propose to spend the award, again in electronic format.


The awards are made on the condition that the money must be used for a media project or for expenses needed to support an internship in the media. Applicants for the Ronnie Payne Prize are required to put forward a proposal for a journalistic project which will take them abroad, that project being funded or part-funded by the prize money. Successful candidates later submit a report or project which demonstrates the use to which the prize money was put.


Please note applications are currently closed. Please follow @GeddesTrust on Twitter for details of when they will open.


The awards are named after Philip Geddes, an alumnus of St Edmund Hall and a journalist of considerable promise. After graduating he joined the staff of the London Evening Standard, then moved to the staff of the Daily Express. In December 1983 he was in Harrods, the Knightsbridge store, when orders were issued for the building to be evacuated. Realising there was a story to be had, he went to investigate. He was killed by the blast from a bomb planted by the IRA. Philip was just 24.


Since 1984 the Philip Geddes Memorial Prize has encouraged promising student journalists. Former prize winners have been employed by the BBC, ITN, Reuters, The Economist, and a wide range of Fleet Street newspapers.


The Clive Taylor Prize for Sports Writing is in memory of the distinguished cricket writer Clive Taylor. Clive toured with every major MCC team in the 19 years before he died, aged 50, in 1977 and was the cricket correspondent of The Sun.


The Ronnie Payne Prize for Foreign Reporting was established by his widow, Celia Haddon, and honours the work of the acclaimed foreign correspondent and war reporter, Ronnie Payne, who became, over the course of a long and distinguished career, a much-respected expert on espionage and terrorism. He died, aged 87, in 2013.

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