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City journalism graduate wins inaugural Sunday Times scholarship

George Arbuthnott beats more than 400 other applicants to win prestigious one year scholarship founded in memory of former Sunday Times journalist Marie Colvin.
by Ben Sawtell

nullGeorge Arbuthnott, a graduate of City's Investigative Journalism MA, has been named winner of the Sunday Times' inaugural Marie Colvin scholarship.

Marie Colvin was an American journalist who worked for the The Sunday Times from 1985 until her death while covering the siege of Homs in Syria last year.

There were more than 400 applications for the paid scholarship which will include a total of six months months working on the foreign desk of The Sunday Times, which Ms Colvin served with such distinction, as well as six months spread between News Review, Business and Magazine sections in both print and digital formats. 

On receiving his award, George said: "It is a huge honour to have been awarded the scholarship. I have always been a great admirer of Marie's work and her type of fearless public interest journalism inspired me to enter the profession in the first place. The scholarship is a unique and unmissable chance to try to learn some of the skills she used to such powerful effect. 

"Working on the foreign desk with the paper's fantastic correspondents positioned around the world should give me a terrific insight into how they go about obtaining, developing and constructing their stories - I hope I can learn from their example.

"I am indebted to the superb journalistic grounding I received on the investigative journalism postgraduate course at City University London. Without that, I would never have had a shot at such a fantastic opportunity."

Rosie Waterhouse, Director of the MA in Investigative Journalism, said: "This is a fantastic achievement, to be awarded this prized scholarship out of 400 applicants from around the world. George was an outstanding student with a great spirit of adventure. He is a brilliant choice for the Sunday Times scholarship set up in the name of the late Marie Colvin, a very brave and distinguished foreign correspondent. George is a great credit to the course and I have no doubt he will become an outstanding foreign correspondent. "

At last year's James Cameron Lecture, City's flagship annual journalism event, Marie Colvin was given a special award which was accepted by the Sunday Times' Editor John Witherow who said: "James Cameron was brave, shrewd, charismatic and irrepressible and nothing could better describe Marie Colvin; those two were made for each other."

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