Reuters and Durham University have this week opened applications for the Sir Harry Evans Global Fellowship in Investigative Journalism. The course provides the opportunity for an exceptional early-career journalist to receive a six-to-nine-month fellowship, which will include undertaking an investigative project from inside the Reuters newsroom in London.
The initiative is part of a programme honouring celebrated journalist, editor, and author, Sir Harry Evans – one of the pioneers of modern investigative journalism. The work he spearheaded, from corporate investigations to revelations of government wrongdoing and incompetence, created a model for reporting in the public interest and demonstrated the real-world impact the journalism profession can have.
The fellowship is designed to give promising early-career journalists the opportunity to develop rigorous, fact-based reporting skills, and applicants with professional journalism experience will be invited to apply.
Alessandra Galloni, Reuters Editor-in-Chief, said: “We’re excited to launch the Sir Harry Evans Global Fellowship to provide the opportunity for an up-and-coming journalist to work with the award-winning Reuters investigative team and be inspired by Sir Harry’s legacy.”
Professor Karen O’Brien, Vice-Chancellor of Durham University said: “The Sir Harry Evans Memorial Fund provides a tremendous opportunity to lead and shape the future of investigative journalism through a prestigious fellowship and forum, a fitting tribute to one of our most notable graduates. Our partnership with Reuters will develop countless opportunities for students, journalists, researchers and professionals alike around the world.”
Tina Brown CBE, Sir Harry’s widow and an acclaimed journalist, said: “Harry was a voracious truth-teller and champion of courageous journalism in every form. The thought that we are doing something for his legacy to nurture journalistic talent of the future would have moved him greatly.”
Alongside the investigative journalism fellowship, the Sir Harry Evans Memorial Fund will launch an annual, agenda-setting forum, first taking place in 2023 at Durham University. More information on the Sir Harry Evans Memorial Fund and how to apply can be found here.