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James Cameron Award given to Sky News’ Alex Crawford

Journalist recognised during lecture at City University London
by Hollie Jenkins

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Sky News Special Correspondent, Alex Crawford, was announced as the recipient of the James Cameron Memorial Award for 2011 at City University London on Thursday 6 October 2011, in recognition of her significant contribution to reporting on the Middle East and in particular, Libya.

The award is given in memory of prominent British journalist James Cameron, who passed away in 1985. It includes a prize of £1,000 awarded by the James Cameron Memorial Trust and is given before the annual James Cameron Memorial Lecture held at City.

This year the Cameron Lecture was given by Wadah Khanfar, who was until recently Director-General of the Aljazeera Network and spoke about "Journalism and a World in Transition".

In presenting the award, Professor George Brock, Head of Journalism at City University London, said that each year the prize was given "to a British journalist working on international affairs who, in the opinion of the judges, demonstrates James Cameron's qualities in her or his work and shows professional integrity and moral courage."

Alex Crawford is based in South Africa, reporting from across the continent, but is also deployed around the world.

Formerly based in Sky's Dubai bureau, Alex has reported on the Gulf and the Middle East, most recently covering the August uprisings in Libya, where Alex and her team were the first journalists into Tripoli, providing riveting coverage of the rebel advance. In March Alex and her crew where the only journalists to get inside the besieged town of Zawiya when it was being attacked by pro-Gaddafi forces.

Following her reports on the Mumbai terror attacks from outside the Taj Hotel in November 2008, coming under fire live on air, Sky News was shortlisted for a BAFTA and won the coveted international Golden Nymph Award for News Coverage.

On hearing that she had received the award, Alex said: "James Cameron epitomises everything I aspire to be - a journalist of incredible integrity, grit and authority. Frankly, to be mentioned in the same breath as him is both astonishing to me and a massive honour. Thank you for this recognition. It means a lot."

Professor Brock said: "During her career Alex has shown very great determination and courage. She has been arrested, detained, interrogated and faced live bullets and tear gas, going well beyond the call of duty in pursuit of the truth and the news. She is an outstanding role model for not only City journalism students embarking on their career, but for the sector as a whole."

The award was presented by Moni Cameron, James Cameron's widow and collected on Alex's behalf by Sarah Whitehead, Sky's Head of International News.

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