Geddes Trust winners 2019 announced

A missing pet snake, an interview with a Tiananmen Square dissident and court-side with the Blues netball team - just some of the articles that helped this year's excellent Geddes prize winners scoop their respective awards

(L-R) Peter Cardwell, Helen Lewis, Celia Haddon, David Arronovitch, Kathy Willis, Paddy Coulter, Harry Hodges and Wes Williams congratulate this year's winners Libby Cherry, left, Emily Lawford, centre, and Alice Bruce (photo credit: St Edmund Hall)

On Friday 22 February Geddes Trustees Peter Cardwell and Paddy Coulter were joined by St Edmund Hall’s Geddes Fellow Wes Williams and Kate Devlin, chief political correspondent of The Times, to interview the candidates shortlisted for the trust’s three prizes. 

The winner of The Geddes Prize for student journalism and £2,500 is Emily Lawford of St Hilda’s College. For the project funded by the prize she is planning to go to the West Bank to follow Palestinian workers as they cross the border into Israel each day as well as working for an independent news agency in Bethlehem, which has faced censorship from Israel, Hamas and the Palestinian Authority. It is a key area of interest for Emily who has already travelled to the region and whose portfolio included an interview with a Palestinian-American activist who campaigns against sexual harassment in the West Bank as well as a story written for the Telegraph about a missing snake and a review of the Oxford Revue's Edinburgh Fringe show.

The winner of the Ronnie Payne Prize for foreign reporting is Libby Cherry of Corpus Christi College who submitted a portfolio that included an interview with a Chinese dissident central to the Tiananmen Square protests 30 years. She will spend five weeks researching and writing a piece on the implications of the EU’s controversial Copyright Directive, which the judges considered could possibly be published in the FT or the Guardian. 

The winner of The Clive Taylor Prize for sports reporting is Alice Bruce of Mansfield College, who will spend her prize money publishing a magazine about women’s sport for Oxford students and included match reports on everything from the England rugby team to the Blues netballers.

All three were able to collect their awards from the 2019 Geddes Lecturer David Aaronovitch at an afternoon hosted by the Principal of Teddy Hall Kathy Willis ahead of the lecture. David’s speech is available to watch below, courtesy of the St Edmund Hall YouTube channel. The trust would like to thank St Edmund Hall, and in particular the hard work of Gill Powell, for hosting the event and all of their help in documenting it.

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