Alex Crawford wins James Cameron award

Sky News special correspondent Alex Crawford picked up the James Cameron Memorial Award 2011 at City University last night for her reporting in Libya and the Middle East.

City’s journalism head Professor George Brock said the annual 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.”

Earlier this year Crawford, who has won acclaim for her coverage of the conflict in Libya, became the first journalist to pick up three Royal Television Society Journalist of the Year Awards.

The award was collected on Crawford’s behalf by Sky’s head of international news Sarah Whitehead. She read out a statement from Crawford saying: ‘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.”

Brock added: ‘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.”

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