Philip Geddes Prize
The awards are named after Philip Geddes, a member 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 Geddes was just 24.
A tree and plaque in the gardens of St Edmund Hall commemorate his life, and since 1984 the Philip Geddes Memorial Prize has encouraged promising student journalists on the path to Fleet Street, radio and television. Former prizewinners are employed by the BBC, ITN, Reuters, the Economist, and a wide range of Fleet Street newspapers.
Each year a first prize of £2,500 is given to the most promising student journalist at Oxford University.
Clive Taylor Prize
Clive Taylor was cricket correspondent of The Sun, and a journalists’ journalist, highly regarded by his peers. He wrote very well, and could have turned his hand to most kinds of journalism, but his passion was for cricket, and he focused all his skills on the game.
When he died in 1977 The Cricketer described him as "a master craftsman" and one of the "most rational and constructive critics" of the game. The Sun promoted their writer as the man the players themselves read, and his journalistic peers admitted it was true.
A useful club cricketer himself, he naturally offered to cover as many matches as possible when he began work as a young man for a local paper – the Tooting and Balham News and Mercury in south London, where he covered most sports. From there he moved to the Morning Advertiser as a sports columnist, and then to Hayters Sports Agency before being hired by The Sun in 1964.
Today he is remembered through a prize, worth £2,000, awarded to an Oxford student in recogntiion of outstanding Sports Journalism.
You can read more about Clive and his peerless career here.
Ronnie Payne Prize
Ronnie Payne was a Royal Marine before studying History at Jesus College and then moving into journalism. As a foreign correspondent and then diplomatic correspondent for the Daily Telegraph he travelled the world, covering anti-colonial troubles in Lebanon, Cyprus, Morocco, Tunisia and Algeria. He once interviewed Colonel Gaddafi and during the Yom Kippur war in 1973 was rescued, under artillery fire, from his broken down car by an Israeli officer. He spent three days in Ariel Sharon's headquarters before filing his report and being reunited with his car.
As well as his work for the Telegraph he was a leader writer for the Evening Standard, spent time on the short-lived news magazine Now and The European and was the author of numerous books. With his trademark pipe and beard he was a familiar figure on Fleet Street for many years.
The £2,000 Ronnie Payne Prize, established by his wife Celia Haddon, is given for foreign reporting and was first awarded in 2015. The Geddes Trustees are enormously grateful for this generous support for enterprising young journalists.
You can read more about Ronnie in the Telegraph's obituary here.